Huddersfield Town Women went out of the National League Cup at the quarter-final stage when they were beaten 3-2 at Wolves in a thriller.

Glen Preston’s side came back from 2-0 down to make it 2-2 after 90 minutes. However, the hosts grabbed a 3-2 victory in extra-time.

Preston said: “It was a brilliant game of football where both sides went at it hammer and tongs all the way through. It was fast-paced and exciting with both teams putting everything into it and throwing their bodies on the line. 

“I thought we were unlucky at half-time to be 2-0 down. They scored two goals in quick succession. Setpieces seem to be our Achilles heel at this moment in time. 

“What an epic comeback from us, though. I thought we were on top in the second half, they were on the back foot. Their keeper made two big saves to stop us from getting a third.

“Full-time wasn’t a good time for us. Extra time was hard, our legs had gone and tactics kind of went out of the window. It was then just a question of how they won. They did us on another setpiece, which was gutting.”

Glen Preston

Wolves broke the deadlock first in the 33rd minute. Indecisiveness in the Town defence from a Wolves corner saw Destiney Toussaint find the back of the net. Moments later Wolves doubled their lead after a fantastic passing move found Jadd Cross inside the box and she finished comfortably past Abi Megeary in the Town goal.

Town hit back soon after the interval with a corner of their own. Kiera Heslam swung in the flag kick with Beth Ibbotson rising highest to score from 10 yards out. 

The Terriers drew level when Kate Mallin’s shot towards goal was parried by on loan Sheffield United ‘keeper Nina Wilson, straight into the path of a Wolves defender who crashed the ball into her own net. 

It would be heartbreak for Town as just before the half way break in extra-time, Toussaint found herself free to head home the winner.

Next up for Town is a West Yorkshire derby as Preston’s team welcome Brighouse Town to the Stafflex Arena on Thursday February 9 (7.45).