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18 December 2020

Match Previews


18 December 2020

Town Women back in FA Women's National League action

- Town Women host Middlesbrough on Saturday
- Women looking to make it eight games FA Women's National League on the bounce
- Match will take place at the Stafflex Arena

Huddersfield Town Women host Middlesbrough at the Stafflex Arena in their last game of 2020 on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to sign the year off in style by extending their winning streak to eight games in the FA Women's National League.

The Terriers are sitting pretty top of the table, with a three-point gap to second place Fylde, as both sides beat their opponents with the same scoreline last time out.

Town thumped Stoke City 8-1 courtesy of hattricks from Laura Elford and Sarah Danby, added to by Kate Mallin and Brittany Sanderson.

Sarah Dobby made her homecoming on West Yorkshire soil after signing as a player/coach last Friday, much to the delight of the Town faithful.

The victory recorded Town's biggest winning margin this season and manager Jordan Wimpenny was thrilled with their first post-lockdown and praised his players' work ethic.

“Stoke are always tough to beat but we were able to show our quality on the pitch with fluid attacking football. Credit to the team, they were excellent all over the park.

“I’ll be honest, it’s a great group to work with. They play for each other, they have a great desire to win and individually they are quality players, they gel together and are brilliant in their work.”

Middlesbrough come into the game beating Loughborough Foxes 2-1 on the road in their last competitive game back on November 1st.

Their clash last weekend against West Brom Women was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but the visitors will be looking to repeat their recent good form on the road when they make the 90-mile trip down to West Yorkshire.

The Terriers previous meeting against Middlesbrough was an impressive 4-2 win on Teesside at the start of October.

A brace by Kate Mallin and a goal a piece from Sarah Danby and Britt Sanderson made sure the three points were taken back to Yorkshire after Middlesbrough made a fist of the tie late in the second half, getting themselves on the scoresheet and pushing the Terriers right to the death.

Wimpenny knows how important it is for Town to continue their incredible form this weekend.

"Each game and each week we want to continuously build on our momentum so we can’t afford to take our foot of the gas, especially with the quality of the teams in the league.

"Goals for us are a result of our attacking fluidity and ability to showcase our quality going forward. The fact that we are scoring goals is very pleasing to see and to maintain our solid defensive structure allows us to be effective at both ends of the pitch."

Last season's top scorer, Lucy Sowerby, missed last weekend’s big win against Stoke with an ankle injury, but Wimpenny expects her to be fit to face Middlesbrough.

"Lucy has been training this week and is expected to return for Sunday’s game, we must manage all players appropriately to ensure they are ready for when the games arrive.

"We have gained a very strong winning mentality that requires us to never give up, play for each other and work hard for all three points which we will look to continue to do on Sunday against Middlesbrough."

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