Huddersfield Town Women boss Glen Preston was proud of his team and delighted with the big 5-1 victory over Fylde on Wednesday night. The game saw Laura Elford bag a hat-trick as the Terriers made it three wins in a row.
Preston thought his players were outstanding on the evening but also says they must stay grounded and humble.
He said: “I was extremely proud of the players last night, very few teams go away to Fylde and win. We were outstanding! However, as good as the win was, it’s just three points and it’s times like this that you have to stay grounded and be humble.”
The Terriers took a commanding lead on the half hour mark with two goals in two minutes. The first strike came from Katie Stanley. She was assisted by Elford with a clever flick from the forward, before captain Stanley calmly found the back of the net.
Just a minute later, Elford stole the ball from the Fylde defence and doubled Town’s lead and scored her first of the night with a cool finish.
Then, just a minute before the half-time whistle, she scored her second of the evening with a sweet left foot curler into the top corner.
Town went in to half-time leading 3-0. The second half would continue in the same vein as the first.
Elford secured her hat-trick just eight minutes into the second half after following up a save made by the Fylde keeper.
Town made it 5-0 on 65 minutes when full-back Paige Crossman scored following some great play from Stanley who set up the scorer for her sixth goal in all competitions this season.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Fylde scored a consolation goal after a deep cross managed to beat every player in the box and found its way in at the back post.
The victory leaves Town 4th in the FA National Women’s League Northern Premier Division and 10 points behind leaders Wolves who they face this weekend.