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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN 3-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Huddersfield Town Women victorious at home against West Brom Albion.

  • Sanderson scores brace, Stanley on scoresheet.
  • Town Women get a league clean sheet.
  • Thoughts of Manager, Glen Preston.
Elford, Montgomery and Stanley celebrate goal against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

HTAFC Women came out of a scrappy affair with all three points on Sunday 27 March.

With both teams having multiple chances it was Brittany Sanderson who found the net twice, one in each half. Captain Katie Stanley was also on the scoresheet at the start of the second half. Their goals were enough to secure the victory for the Terriers.

Coming into this game, both teams found themselves mid-table and looking to end the season in good form. The game opened to both sides creating half-chances without creating any threats. Although The Baggies hit the crossbar around the 12th minute.

Town Women’s first chance occurred moments before their opening goal when captain Stanley fired a volley over the bar, however HTAFC Women didn’t have to wait long as Sanderson poked the ball just past the WBA goalkeeper into the back of the net.

Bethan Davies makes good save against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

Albion Women would hit the crossbar once again before the break with Shannon Stamps being denied by the woodwork for the second time in the game. Although moments later Town Women came close to their second with Albion’s goalkeeper making a big save.

The second half opened in good fashion for the Terriers with Stanley converting from a corner routine, started by Sanderson. Huddersfield would continue adding pressure, with Serena Fletcher’ shot being saved by the WBA shot stopper.

Gameplay became rather stop-start during the final half hour with a number of bookings being made by the referee. This theme continued when Town Women were awarded a penalty in the final five minutes. Sanderson stepped up to convert with a rocket into the bottom left of the goal. The aftermath of Town’s third goal saw a number of sending offs and sinbins being given to the visitors’ as tensions continued to rise.

A scrappy final couple of minutes saw Falone Sumaili impress as she made her first team league debut, having a couple of shots that were blocked inside the box. The full time whistle sounded to the delight of the home team as Preston’s side secured their first league win in nearly a month.

Falone Sumaili makes first team debut
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

Manager, Glen Preston reflects on his side’s flow throughout the game:

“We started slowly today, the first 25-30 minutes West Brom were very good and in charge of the game. But as the game progressed, we started to take over and ended the first half very strong, we had chance after chance in the second half. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half in difficult circumstances with the referee.”

HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33. Bethan Davies (GK);
3. Beth Ibbotson;
12. Autumn Housley;
19. Paige Crossman;
15. Georgia Marshall;
57. Mia Parry (81’ 18. Alice Linsell);
23. Serena Fletcher (71’ 6. Lauren Griffiths);
7. Katie Stanley © (87’ 34. Falone Sumaili);
11. Brittany Sanderson;
10. Laura Elford;
9. Ria Montgomery.

Town Women are straight back into action as they face promotion chasing AFC Fylde in the league on Wednesday 30th March under the floodlights.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield travel away to West Brom

Preview by Johnathan Stack

Huddersfield Town Women are back in FA Women’s National League action on Sunday 10th October as they go on the road for the second game in a row when they face West Bromwich Albion at Sutton Coldfield FC.

The terriers will be looking for their third consecutive win in the league following a 5-1 and 6-0 win against Stoke City and Sheffield FC respectively. A win could send Steve Appleton’s side up third in the table depending on other results.

West Bromwich Women are currently eighth in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division. The Baggies are winless in their last two games; picking up draws against Brighouse Town and Nottingham Forest. They will be looking to get back to winning ways at home.

First team manager Steve Appleton believes consistency is key:

“We’re always looking to work on a game plan to suit each game. During the previous two matches, we’ve been able to stick to what we have worked on at training and things have clicked into place for us – so we’ll be looking to maintain our current form and try and get a positive result on Sunday.“

Last season saw a five-goal thriller between both sides as town was the right side of a 3-2 scoreline at the Stafflex Arena. A four-minute comeback towards the end of the game saw Brittany Sanderson and Laura Elford overturn the score to punish ten-player West Brom. With both players being in good goal scoring form this season, it is likely to be another entertaining match.

The terriers have scored 20 goals in their last four matches in all competitions and the previous clean sheet is bound to have boosted the whole team’s confidence.

Appleton has seen the positives on the pitch:

“We’ve spent time looking at how we can improve our build-up play to allow our midfield players to combine with the strikers and get into the opposition box, we’ve seen more of that during the last few games, both through goals and assists so it’s important we continue to do that.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Sanderson is in tremendous form scoring seven in her last four matches (nine overall this season), playing a pivotal role in Huddersfield Town’s recent form. With a clear eye for goal and her shooting boots well and truly on let’s hope she adds to her tally against West Brom.

Meanwhile for the baggies, Leigh Dugmore is current the top scorer for the Midlands side. Scoring three in her last five games will make her a target for Steve Appleton to plan against.

HOW TO WATCH HTWFC

Huddersfield supporters will be able to travel to Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club (Central Ground, Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B72 1NL). Adult tickets start from £5 and concessions tickets start from £1. Ticket information is available

If not travelling, fans can keep up to date with live match updates via our twitter page @HTAFCWomen.

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