Town beat Derby to set up ‘dream’ away tie against Brighton

by Oliver Eaton. Photography by Jess Hornby

Jordan Wimpenny’s side has been defying the odds all season as Huddersfield Town Women won their twelfth consecutive game in a row.

Town beat on-form Derby County in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup with a 3-2 scoreline, with Laura Elford bagging a hat-trick. This victory will see the Terriers travel down south for a dream fifth-round tie against Women’s Super League side Brighton.

Town returned to action following a gruelling 120 minutes against Brighouse Town in the last round which saw Huddersfield silence their rivals by winning the penalty shootout. However, there was no sign of tired legs today as Town Women started the game brightly grabbing a goal just after the 10-minute mark. Elford latched onto a long ball and scored on the rebound. Although Derby found their equaliser just 80 seconds later. Before half time Town found the ball in the back of the net however the linesmen deemed scorer Brittany Sanderson offside.

The second half generated a midfield battle with both sides fighting to earn the advantage. Derby missed a penalty within the first 3 minutes of the half. It would be Huddersfield who struck gold with a dangerous corner kick finding the head of Elford to nod home her brace. The Terriers didn’t show any signs of losing their bite with Sanderson forcing Derby’s keeper to pull out a wonder-save as she tipped her 20-yard effort onto the bar. However, Town would punish the Rams from the resulting corner with Elford securing her hat-trick in a similar fashion to her second.
Derby did find themselves back into the game within the last 10-minutes. Although excellent game management from Town saw them prevent any chance of an equaliser as they held on until the final whistle.

Manager Jordan Wimpenny said: “To win a game and progress to the next round is a good feeling and its one that the team deserve after this performance. It was a tough game against Derby and they threw all sorts at us.”

Huddersfield Town Women will be hoping to replicate their performance against Charlton Athletic back in 2019, when they beat the Londoners via a penalty shootout. Regardless, Town’s performances this season has deemed Jordan’s first season in charge a success. Huddersfield will play Brighton away in mid-May.

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