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Huddersfield Town Women FC showed “dignity, pride and class” despite a 3-0 defeat to Southern Premier Division champions Southampton in the FA Women’s National League Cup final on Sunday. Those were the words of proud Terriers boss Glen Preston.
Southampton were hot favourites and Preston said: “We gave it absolutely everything. We lost to a better team, but for 60 minutes we went toe to toe with them.
“The players should be absolutely proud of themselves. They put in a monumental effort, they represented the club with everything you would expect, dignity, pride, class. They have been superb.”
Town had a fabulous chance in the first half to take the lead when Brittany Sanderson beat Kayla Rendell in the Saints goal, however her shot was cleared off the line by Rosie Parnell.
Southampton took the lead right on half-time, Alisha Ware was on hand at the back post to tap home.
Despite being 1-0 down at the interval Town kept their heads up and looked for the equaliser.
It was Southampton who had the first big chance of the second half when Lucia Kendall hit the crossbar in the 56th minute.
Lucia Kendall doubled Southampton’s lead in the 71st minute and the game was put to bed in the 83rd minute when Kendall scored her second of the afternoon and Saints’ third with a firecracker from outside the box.
Town Women are back in action on Saturday April 30 when they travel to the home of Doncaster Rovers, the Eco-Power Stadium (formerly the Keepmoat Stadium) in the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup where they face Barnsley.
Fans are welcome to go along to support Town with the game kicking off at 10.30am on Saturday.