Town Women face Burnley at home following win at Hull
- Huddersfield Town Women 5-0 Hull City
- Fifth place Terriers face sixth place Burnley
- Thoughts of Danny Alogba and Glen Preston
Huddersfield Town Women were victorious against their Yorkshire rivals on Sunday 10th April winning 5-0 against Hull City at Haworth Park, sealing relegation for the hosts.
Elford won a corner for Town Women that was blocked, before Brittany Sanderson crossed the ball to find Beth Ibbotson in the box. Ibbotson made no mistake and headed the ball into the back of the net to score the opening goal of the game.
On the stroke of half-time, Mia Parry doubled Town Women’s lead. Great play from Laura Elford ensured Town held possession on the touchline before Katie Stanley crossed to find Parry in the box.
Hull City looked to come back in the game however had no luck in the final third as they lacked the quality with their final touch. Town Women’s quality shone through once again when Sanderson was on the end of Mallin’s cross.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Katie Stanley scored to make it four before Sanderson rounded off the goals to make it five.
First team coach Danny Alogba was happy with the result:
“We are delighted with the win, especially the clean sheet. We move forward, midweek game on Thursday, we look forward to that now.
“Tuesday at training will be based on looking for a physical battle, winning the second balls. Burnley will be a team that look to press. We just have to be on it.”
With a busy fixture calendar for April, Town Women are straight back into league action as they welcome Burnley to the Stafflex Arena on Thursday 14th April at 7:45pm.
The Lancashire side have been flying up the table. Burnley have won seven of their last eight league matches, even becoming the first club to defeat title-winning Wolverhampton Wanderers during this run.
Last time out at the County Ground in Leyland, Town Women went into the break down two goals following an early strike and a penalty on the stroke of half time.
The second half didn't start any better for the Terriers, as once again they were down another goal within a minute of the restart. Burnley put the game to bed 10 minutes into the second half with the fourth goal. The game ending 4-0 to the home side.
HTAFC Women manager, Glen Preston is cautious:
“Burnley are somewhat of a bogey team for us. I'm not sure we have beaten them since they came into the league. They beat us comfortably earlier in the season. I've watched Burnley a couple of times this season, from what I've seen they could easily be the best team in the league.
“They play a different system to most teams. Burnley have a clear way of playing, they press with great intensity like we do. Above all else, they have a very clear attacking framework on how they want to score goals.
“So many teams play off the cuff in the final third, but Burnley have a very good structure. I have a lot of admiration for the way they have been coached, we will have to be on our A game to win.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against Hull last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On over 20 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.
Mia Parry has scored in the last two games she has played in. The midfielder, who joined the Terriers on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season has impressed since her arrival. Parry has gained in experience at Town and will want to stake a claim to a potential full time move.
HOW TO WATCH
Supporters will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Thursday 14th April at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off 7.45pm.
Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter - @HTAFCWomen - plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.