Words: Nathan Oates – Image: Oliver Eaton

Huddersfield Town Women FC boss Glen Preston was left to ponder on the peculiarities of football after his side’s hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stoke.

‘Simple’ chances in front of goal went begging but two great strikes from Brittany Sanderson and Paige Crossman eventually earned the Terriers victory in a contest where windy conditions played a big part.

Sanderson put Town 1-0 up when she chested down a 40-yard looping ball to fire home in the first half.

A controversial penalty in the 77th minute saw Callan Barber pull Stoke level but Town hit back just five minutes later when another looping effort – this time from around 30 yards – saw Crossman seal the points.

Preston said: “The conditions played their part and Stoke used the wind to good effect. In the second half we had the wind with us and I thought we took complete control of the game and probably created enough good chances to win two games.

“Football can be a strange game at times. We missed two or three sitters from five yards out yet stuck one in from 30 yards to win the game. All-in-all, though, it’s a good and hard-fought win.”