Catching Up With The Terriers

By Oliver Eaton

Above: Aerial action from Huddersfield Town’s away win at Sheffield FC in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier. Photo: Jessica Hornby.

Huddersfield Town Women recently rose to third in the FA Women’s National League North following a convincing 3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion Women.  This victory also marked an end to a frantic fixture period with three games in eight days – with the Terriers picking up wins in all their games. But how have Huddersfield fared in the league since we last caught up with the West Yorkshire side?

Town opened the season with a goalless draw away to Nottingham Forest, which saw goalkeeper Bethan Davies making an all-important penalty save in the dying moments of the game. The Terriers travelled to Middlesbrough next and picked up their first win of the season with new signing Ria Montgomery scoring alongside Katie Stanley and last year’s top scorer Laura Elford. This game also introduced Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Becky Flaherty to the team, who impressed on her league debut.

Above: Huddersfield Town take on local rivals Brighouse Town in a local derby. Photo: Jessica Hornby.

Just three days later Huddersfield welcomed local rivals Brighouse Town to the Stafflex Arena, under the floodlights. Despite being a newly promoted side, both teams had actually met last season in the Women’s FA Cup with the Terriers progressing through to the next round following a penalty shootout. That day the game ended 1-1, and this match was no different with both sides sharing a point after a feisty contest. Brittany Sanderson opened her account for the season.

Huddersfield were back on the road again when they faced Loughborough Lightning at the Holywell Sports Complex. Town ran riot and won the game 5-1 with Elford bagging a brace, Sanderson adding to her goal tally plus Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby scoring their first goals of the season. This result meant Town Women went through August unbeaten in the league.

Above: The Terriers had plenty to celebrate during their 5-1 win at Loughborough Lightning. Photo: Jessica Hornby.

September saw Town’s fortunes change with a crushing 4-0 defeat to Burnley away and a narrow 3-2 defeat to league-leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at home. Some positives were found in the latter performance with the Terriers dealing Wolves’ first conceded goal in the league when Sowerby latched onto a through ball beating the defensive line within the first two minutes of the game. Sanderson scoring her third of the season on the stroke of half time.

In contrast October has been a perfect month for Huddersfield (so far) with all three games played finishing in wins. The Terriers started the month with a 5-1 thrashing of Stoke City at home, which saw new boss Steve Appleton face his former side. Mallin and Sanderson both scoring a brace, with Serena Fletcher scoring her first goal of the season.

Above: Frustration shows after a narrow loss for Huddersfield Town against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Photo: Jessica Hornby.

Just four days later Town travelled to Sheffield FC and continued their winning streak with a 6-0 victory under the floodlights. This clean sheet was only Town’s second of the season and Flaherty’s first. Sanderson continued her goalscoring form with another brace, meanwhile Elford came off the bench to score two goals in five minutes. Mallin and Montgomery were the other two scorers on a successful evening.

This past Sunday (10th October) Town won their third consecutive game. A 3-1 win against the Baggies meant Huddersfield rose to third in the league table, the highest position they had reached all season. Elford followed her previous brace with another two goals – the first coming just 14 seconds into the game! Meanwhile, Fletcher scored her second of the season directly from a cross to secure all three points for the visitors.

A natural pause in the schedule sees Huddersfield not in league action until Halloween, when they face on-form Derby County at home. Appleton will be hoping his side can continue their winning streak into November as they slowly climb up the league table.

Above: Huddersfield Town pictured prior to their opening game of the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier game away to Nottingham Forest. Photo: Jessica Hornby.

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