Ria Montgomery grabbed the winner for Huddersfield Town Women FC as the Terriers hope Lightning strikes twice.

Town won 2-1 at Loughborough Lightning on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Cup – and return there again this Sunday hoping for the same result with league points at stake.

Serena Fletcher headed Town in front from a well-worked free-kick routine early in the first half and Montgomery got the final touch to double the lead with less than half-an-hour gone.

It remained 2-0 at the break and just after the restart Kate Mallin could have sealed it for Town but her acrobatic effort was just over the bar.

Loughborough was handed a lifeline after 67 minutes when Beth Stanfield conceded a penalty. Keeper Abi Megeary got a hand to Kayleigh Hines’ spotkick but couldn’t keep it out.

Town team together. Images by: FLAMING CREATIONS

Lightning piled on late pressure and Lauren Taft thought she levelled for the home side in the 90th minute but Megeary pulled off a brilliant save to send Town into the second round.

The two sides do battle again on Sunday November 6 (2.00)