HTAFC Women face Durham Cestria in the second round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup
- Huddersfield Town Women host Durham Cestria in the second round
- Vitality Women's FA Cup run continues
- Game gets underway at 1pm
Huddersfield Town Women continue their FA Cup campaign on Sunday 27 November against Durham Cestria; 1pm kick-off.
Huddersfield Town Women will be aiming to continue their fine form in cup competitions when they host Durham Cestria this Sunday 27th November for a 1pm kick-off in the Vitality FA Women’s Cup.
After a comfortable first round win in the Vitality Womens FA Cup against Doncaster Belles, Town host Durham Cestria at home in the second round. A league cup win at Loughborough has already started a cup run in that tournament.
Wet conditions greeted both teams in Doncaster, with Town Women making the best start in the typical Yorkshire weather. Kate Mallin slid an inch perfect delivery to Laura Elford who made no mistake from three yards out, to give the Town Women their first.
Doncaster Belles tried to get back on terms and had several chances, but the ball wouldn't go in the net. Just before the half hour the hosts seemed to have drawn level, but the ball, which had looped over our goalkeeper Lauren Joyce, skimmed the bottom of the cross bar and back out - a big let off for Town Women.
However, Town Women doubled their lead just before half time, with Mallin again providing the inch perfect delivery, this time for Autumn Housley to nod in. After the break, with Town Women in the ascendency, more chances came and went. Kiera Halsam & Britt Sanderson both saw efforts denied.
Halfway through the second half though, Haslam drilled a shot following great link up play by Mia Parry. The shot actually appeared to be heading wide but was deflected from the toe of a Belles defender into the back of the net. This set up Town for this weekend’s tie at home.
Durham Cestria sit at the top of Division One North, one point ahead of Newcastle United Women, and three ahead of Leeds United Women. The visitors secured their place in the second round with a 4-1 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients Women.
Town sit fourth in the Northern Premier Division, seven points from top spot with a game in hand. Town Women have lost only two games in the league so far this season and have won five.
Only Wolves (who top the division) and AFC Fylde have managed to defeat Town Women this season.
This will be a tough match against extremely good opponents, but it's the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, so anything can happen. Town Women will want to replicate at least last season’s run in the same competition. The Women Terriers progressed through to the fourth round before facing Everton Women at home. The Women’s Super League side were tested by Town Women, despite the 4-0 loss.
Huddersfield Town Women will want to progress further if they can, but Cestria will be a tough match and will want to go further themselves.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Kate Mallin proved vital in the first round with her assists on two of the goals, so she will be good to keep an eye on as she will be all over the pitch again. Mallin is also not shy in scoring goals as she did against Loughborough Lightning, so don't be surprised to see her do that again.
HOW TO WATCH HTWFC
Huddersfield Town Women face Durham Cestria at The Stafflex Arena on Sunday 27th November. Kick-off is at 1pm.
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.