Hull City Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season as Huddersfield Town Women came from behind to win on a wet & windy night at Haworth Park.
The Tigresses scored the game’s opening goal as Katie Thompson dispatched her penalty. Huddersfield equalised from Laura Elford’s header, four minutes from half time and they completed the comeback when Elford scored her second of the evening 10 minutes after half-time.
Adi Costello said: “Disappointed, beaten by the better team on the night, you’ve got to hold your hands up at times, Huddersfield played well, it wasn’t the case that we were unlucky we were beaten by a better side tonight.
We’ll go again, just spoken to the girls in the dressing room and what’s your feeling, it’s disappointment, I said why, they said it’s because we didn’t play.”
Huddersfield had the game’s opening chance as Abi Wallace produced a good save, moments later Sanderson headed the ball into the net after Sowerby’s shot was parried out, but the goal was disallowed.
It was a big chance for the Tigresses moments later, Rachael Ackroyd was sent through on goal but the keeper prevented her from opening the scoring.
The Tigresses had only a minute to wait for their next chance as they was awarded a penalty. Katie Thompson made no mistake from the penalty spot to put the Tigresses ahead.
Town piled on the pressure as they went close numerous times, a shot which was just wide of the posts and another which clipped the crossbar, but three minutes from half-time they equalised from a simple header. Danby’s cross was turned home by Elford’s header, which saw the team’s go into the half-time break 1-1.
Fast counter attacking move from Town as Laura Elford scored her second of the game from a simple tap in. A great ball in behind finds Mallin who burst into the box before unselfishly setting up Elford who struck the ball home from close range.
The Tigresses pushed for an equaliser as good hold up play by Allen found Beech who turned and shot but their keeper produced a fine save.
In the closing minutes, a good reaction save from Wallace as she parried away, as Elford smashed the ball against the bar. HCL now turn their attention to Fylde Women on Sunday.
A lot of the teams had written us off before the season started, being the team who’s going to get spanked every week, but so far we’ve conceded four goals, scored four goals and we’re doing all right, last season we lost 9-1 away to Sunderland first game of the season and by the fifth game we conceded 16 goals so we just keep going,” said Costello.
Katie Thompson (31)
Awards FC Player of The Match ( Sponsored by Temptation)
1. Abigail Wallace 2. Eden Pederson 5. Ellice Jackman 9. Jo Symington 25. Florence Pegrum; 15. Suey Smith 8. Ellie Tanser ; 7. Liberty Bot t12. Emily Smith 14. Katie Thompson 10. Rachael Ackroyd
Subs: Westmorland, Beech, Skinner, Allen, Cooke
*Written By Alex Robinson
*Photo By Tony King