Huddersfield Town Women on the road for season opener
- Town Women’s season gets under way on Sunday 21 August
- Travel away to newly promoted Boldmere St Michaels
- Town Women boosted by new arrivals
Huddersfield Town Women kick off their FA Women’s National League 2022/23 season with a trip to newly promoted side Boldmere St Michaels on Sunday 21st August.
Following a long preparation period, Town Women finally return to league football for the new 2022/23 FAWNL season. Last season, Town Women finished sixth in the Northern Premier Division with 13 wins, four draws, and seven losses.
Meanwhile, the Mikes Women topped the FAWNL Division One Midlands table last season with 16 wins, three draws and three losses, earning them promotion to the third tier of the women's football pyramid.
Huddersfield Town Women Manager Glen Preston believes Sunday’s game will be a tough test.
"Boldemere St Michaels will be on a wave of momentum, having gained promotion.
"We'll be up against a confident side who will be playing with nothing to lose, which will be tough for us to manage."
Preston went on to discuss the impact of pre-season.
"We've had a good pre-season and scored a lot of goals in the lead up to this game.
"It's easy to play when the pressure is off - it's when the real competition hits, that you find out what your team is made off.
"As coaching staff, we don't feel the team has reached it's peak yet."
"I don't put a ceiling on what this team can achieve this year.
"We will take things one game at a time, which is very cliche, but we believe in ourselves.
"We have quality right through the team and we are a side no one will look forward to playing."
Both sides actually met last season in the determining round of the FAWNL Cup, which Huddersfield would go on to become runners-up in. Town Women turned on the style as they outclassed a very different looking Boldmere.
Town Women have added to their squad and backroom team, with Preston confident in his signings.
"We've had a number of new faces in at the Club - both in the terms of players and staff.
"I really feel as though we have a quality backroom team this year. Adding Kyle and Nick to our ranks has bolstered the quality of provision we can off the players and new signings like Katie Anderson (Blackburn) and Lauren Joyce (Leeds United) will help the brand of football we like to play.
"Exciting new talent coming through the ranks like Laura Hulme and Hannah Langford gives us great depth this year, which is something we were really short on at the back end of last season.”
Following the successes of the England Lionesses this summer, it is expected to be the best supported season of the FAWNL since its creation. Preston hopes that this will inspire a new generation of Town Women fans.
"I'd just like to say welcome back to our fans, we've missed you!
"I hope we'll see new fans at the Stafflex Arena this season, we all hope that England's success over the summer will inspire a new generation of fans coming down to get behind the Women Terriers this season.
"We value every fan, and we hope you can be the difference for us this season."
Huddersfield Town Women face Boldmere St Michaels at Boldemere St Michaels Football & Athletic Club. The game kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 21 August.
Can't make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates at @HTAFCWomen on Twitter.