Huddersfield Town 3-2 Derby County
By Jack Walker
Huddersfield Town Women emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Derby County to book their place in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup after a fierce and competitive game.
The Terriers held on for a dramatic 3-2 win at the Stafflex Arena, coming out the other side after positively weathering the storm in the first half against Derby County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts started brightly with Lucy Sowerby linking up well with Laura Elford on the right hand side, whilst Derby created chances of their own in the early stages as the contest turned into a midfield battle with both teams searching for the opener.
Laura Elford gave Town the lead in the 15th minute as she was played in down the near side, took the ball down, and finished at the second time of asking. Although the hosts went in front, Derby equalised just one minute later and the Rams continued to threaten, smashing the right hand post eight minutes later.
With the two teams level at the break, it all came down to the second forty-five minutes and, just like in the previous round, Town’s substitutions worked a treat as Kate Mallin emerged from the substitutes’ bench to claim two assists.
In the 72nd minute, the winger whipped in a corner which was bundled over the line by Elford before the same combination saw the prolific striker completed her hattrick just four minutes later – rising high to once again head the ball in.
The two goals in quick succession secured victory and, although there was a late scare as Derby pulled a goal back seven minutes before full time. Town now travel to Brighton away in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on May 16th.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny admitted it was a nice feeling to win the contest in the way the team did.
“It’s always a nice feeling to win a game and to progress to the next round is great. I feel the team deserve that after this performance.”
Debutant Paige Crossman was also very satisfied with her afternoon’s work. “We had to be quite tight in areas. I had to stay back and sit a lot more than I normally would. You’ve got to do what is right for the team. I think in my legs I knew I had it in my head that I will be fine physically. Just getting 90 minutes out the way, psychologically it’s a big thing. I feel we had quite a lot of space outside wide.”