Sunderland Ladies vs Huddersfield Town Ladies

This game today was my 133rd of the season and that means I’m now only eight behind my total for last season. I’ve probably got games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this midweek, and then games next Saturday, Sunday and Monday so it shouldn’t be too long before I pass last season’s tally. The plan for this coming week is Sunderland RCA vs Seaham Red Star on Tuesday, Horden CW vs Darlington RA on Wednesday, and Easington Colliery vs West Allotment Celtic on Thursday. I’m confident I can make it at least 150 games for this season. I’m 17 ahead of where I was at this point last season, so if I finish this season at the same pace I finished last, I’ll do 158 games. Exactly a year ago today, I was at Ashfield vs Bellshill Athletic in the west region of the Scottish juniors. I remember that day quite well. It was a very nice ground. One thing that was slightly different about this game today was that Huddersfield had names on the back of their shirts. They’re the first team I’ve seen at this level with names on the back of their shirts.

Match report:

Huddersfield Ladies come from behind to win at Sunderland

Huddersfield Town Ladies came from behind to claim an impressive 1-2 win at Sunderland Ladies on Sunday afternoon.

Niamh McLaughlin put Sunderland ahead in the 20th minute, but Huddersfield pulled level five minutes later through Brittany Sanderson.

Early in the second half, Lucy Sowerby put the visitors ahead, and that was enough for them to take the points.

Huddersfield attacked from the off and went close with just 40 seconds played. A low ball across goal found Laura Elford, but her first time effort was saved by Allison Cowling.

Still with just two minutes played, Cowling was forced into another save. It was Sowerby this time who took aim, but again Cowling saved.

Sunderland’s first opportunity came in the ninth minute. Keira Ramshaw’s corner was spilled by the Huddersfield ‘keeper, and a goal line clearance kept Sunderland at bay. McLaughlin drilled the rebound towards goal, but it was blocked and cleared.

Three minutes later, a high Sunderland free-kick was flicked on to find Ramshaw. She tried her luck with a first time half volley, but Anna Pederson was equal to it.

A poor defensive pass from the Lady Black Cats gifted Kate Mallin possession in the 18th minute. She drove towards goal, but a crucial block prevented her. And, the rebound failed to find the target.

In the 20th minute, Sunderland broke the deadlock. Emily Hutchinson’s superb crossfield ball picked out McLaughlin whose perfectly timed run saw her beat the offside trap. She charged down on goal before a confident effort picked out the far bottom corner.

Bridget Galloway then had a shot go for a throw for Sunderland, before Huddersfield equalised just five minutes after conceding. The ball was worked to Sanderson 20 yards from goal and her effort found a way over Cowling and dropped into the net.

Having pulled level, Huddersfield then had a decent spell of their own, but they weren’t creating any clear-cut chances.

In the 36th minute, Sunderland almost regained their lead. Ramshaw’s corner wasn’t dealt with, and it was eventually stabbed towards goal where Anna Young inadvertently blocked it. Grace McCatty then had an effort, but that too was blocked and Huddersfield’s Pederson was eventually able to claim.

Shortly after, Ramshaw linked up well with Mollie Lambert who played a fine ball into McLaughlin. The Northern Ireland youth international did well to shoot, but a good save from Pederson kept the score line level.

Following the break, it took Huddersfield just 150 seconds to take the lead. The ball was worked into the area and Sowerby’s fine finish lobbed Cowling from close range.

Following a quiet spell, Sunderland’s Hutchinson whipped a fine ball into the area. Just a slight touch would have put the ball in the net, but neither Galloway or Young could find that touch.

Although there was plenty of effort from both sides, chances were at a premium.

Elford did get a shot away for Huddersfield halfway through the second half, but Cowling saved.

Shortly after, Huddersfield ‘keeper Pederson spilled a McLaughlin effort, but she was able to make the ball hers at the second time of asking.

In the 78th minute, a long range Huddersfield effort was never going to trouble Cowling.

Huddersfield were managing the game well late on.

McLaughlin did manage to get a shot away for Sunderland with five minutes to play, but her difficult effort couldn’t find the target.

Ramshaw and Lambert both had efforts saved in injury time, but there wasn’t to be an equaliser for Sunderland and Huddersfield took the points.

Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 1-2 Huddersfield Town Ladies

Next up for me is Sunderland RCA vs Seaham Red Star on Tuesday.

Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Beer, McCatty, Griffiths, Hutchinson (Gibson, 77′), Barker (Farrugia, 60′), Lambert, Young (Mullen, 60′), McLaughlin, Ramshaw (c), Galloway

Unused subs: Stewart, Warren

Huddersfield Town Ladies: Pederson, Turner, Legge, Mallin (c) (White, 81′), Harris, Sowerby, Nutter (Dobby, 90′), Evans, Danby, Elford, Sanderson

Unused sub: Abbott

Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: 50p

Attendance: About 120

Referee: Lucy Oliver

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