After two failed attempts at playing the fixture, Huddersfield were victorious against their West Yorkshire rivals and booked their record-breaking place in the semi-final of the FAWNL Cup competition.
- Town face Liverpool Feds in Semi-Final
- Elford hat-trick and Sanderson on scoresheet.
- Town’s first win against Brighouse this season.
The game started in a blustery wind and driving rain and, things didn’t get better from there. As the match progressed the conditions and the pitch got worse but, Huddersfield Town adapted the better of the two teams and in the end, ran out comfortable winners.
Playing against the wind in the first half the opening ten minutes were evenly balanced with neither side creating any clear cut chances. In the 12th minute, Bethan Davies was called into action and managed to punch away an inswinging corner on the wind.
Brighouse took the lead just two minutes later when a miscontrol (caused by the deteriorating pitch) allowed Drew Green to run through on goal unopposed and she finished well into the corner past Davies, 1-0.
Town were not fazed and continued to try to work hard, play their brand of football and push Brighouse back with their high press. In the 23rd minute came a moment of (in the eyes of Brighouse) controversy. The ball hit the referee and, despite protests from Brighouse, she gave the restart to Huddersfield. Town immediately played the ball forward through the channels and it arrived at Laura Elford on the edge of the Brighouse area. Without taking a breath she smashed a right footed shot into the top left hand corner of the Brighouse goal, 1-1.
Mia Parry almost doubled Town’s lead but her effort went just wide of the Brighouse goal.
On the half hour mark Elford got her second of the game, this time finishing into the top right hand corner and, giving the Brighouse keeper no chance.
Half time came with the scoreline unchanged, 1-2.
Town came out in the second half and totally dominated possession, pressing Brighouse back into their own half and not allowing them out. Elford and Parry both had shots which missed their target but, Town continued their press.
On the hour mark, a cross came back out to the right wing and Kate Mallin recycled the ball and played in a low cross which Brittany Sanderson glanced home with a fine diving header, 1-3.
Six minutes later and both teams were reduced to 10 players, as Georgia Marshall and Annabelle Cass came together and Cass slid into the pitch railings. Cass grabbed Marshall by the throat and Marshall retaliated.
Elford had the last word and completed her hat-trick in the 90th minute with another well taken goal, this time low into the bottom corner of the Brighouse Town net.
A dominant display from Town, who will travel to Liverpool Feds for the semi final on March 6th.