Town Women face Middlesbrough in FAWNL Cup
- Town looking to improve on last game
- Kick-off 1pm
- Comments from Manager Steve Appleton
Huddersfield Town Women are back in action at home on Sunday 7 November against Middlesbrough in the FAWNL League Cup.
Boro is in town as the Terriers face them for the second time this season, this time coming at the Stafflex Arena. Town will put their league form to one side and will be hoping to get a good cup run going in what is the first of back-to-back cup games over the next couple of weeks.
The Terriers come into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Derby County, so will be looking to bounce back quickly.
Manager, Steve Appleton, believes his side will improve on last Sunday’s disappointing result.
“We weren’t particularly happy with our performance against Derby, but we haven’t let it get us down and we’ve quickly moved on to this week’s league cup game.”
The visitors will be looking to improve on their previous result against Huddersfield when both sides met in August. Town claiming all three points away from home with a 3-1 scoreline. Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Katie Stanley all converted in what would be Town’s first win of the season.
However, since both teams met, Middlesbrough have welcomed Andy Campbell as their new Manager. Appleton says this previous result doesn’t impact his preparations.
“We’ll prepare for the best version of Middlesbrough and make sure our game plan is set up right.
“The result earlier in the season won’t count for anything come Sunday and the new Manager will still be finding out about his squad and looking to improve with every game, so their players will have something to prove.”
Previously in the FAWNL cup, Huddersfield overcame Boldmere St. Michaels 7-2 in the preliminary determination round before receiving a first round bye. Town will be looking to better their previous record in the competition – where they got as far as the Quarter-Finals in 2018/19 (losing to eventual winners Blackburn Rovers) and 2019/20 (losing to finalists Stoke City).
Steve believes his side can go all the way.
“I definitely see this as a competition we are capable of challenging in and my players also have the belief that they can go further.
“After Sunday’s result, it’s possible that there might be one or two changes in our starting 11, but it won’t be about rotation, I’ll be picking a team I believe can win the game and get us through to the next time.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ria Montgomery comes into the game in good form with her great strike against Liverpool Feds winning October’s Goal of the Month. She will be looking to score against Middlesbrough again, with her previous goal against our opponents winning August’s Goal of the MONTH!
Middlesbrough has spread their goal scorers out amongst the team with their top goal scorers being Lauren Robson, Armani Maxwell and Rebecca Olley all on three goals for the season so far.
HOW TO WATCH HTWFC
Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall, HD8 0WA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions, and kids go free.
Can't make the game? Match Updates and coverage will be available across our social channels, with updates and match build-up on our Twitter; @HTAFCWomen.