Sunderland Ladies face an early season clash at the top of the FA Women’s National League when they travel to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
It was a 9-1-win last time out for the Black Cats, with a Bridget Galloway hat-trick and braces for Faye Mullen and Keira Ramshaw helping the side the win over Hull City.
Charlotte Potts’ first league goal for the club and Jessica Brown’s fourth of the season rounded out that win at the Academy Of Light.
Sunderland saw mixed fortunes against Huddersfield last season. A dramatic late winner from Mollie Lambert saw the Black Cats take a 3-2 win at the Stafflex Arena but fell to a 2-1 defeat in the home clash as Lucy Sowerby scored a winner.
Louise Griffiths misses the game as she serves her one-game ban picked up against Middlesbrough. We still await news on Emily Hutchinson, who’s had a scan on a knee injury picked up against West Bromwich Albion but is yet to receive the results.
Huddersfield sit top of the table on goals scored, netting 16 in four compared to Sunderland’s 14.
The Terriers’ dropped points came on the opening day with a 2-2 home draw with Fylde. However, 6-0 and 6-2 wins against Loughborough and Hull respectively before a 2-1 victory against Stoke City last time out saw them to top spot.
Huddersfield will be without defender Charley Evans who serves the final game of a three-game ban picked up against Loughborough. Sunday’s hosts also saw midfielder Lauren Griffiths sin binned against Stoke.
Town’s top goalscorer, and the scorer of last year’s Hetton winner is Lucy Sowerby, with five league goals in four games - sitting one behind our own Bridget Galloway early in the Golden Boot race. Captain Kate Mallin proves a goal threat, with three in five games this term as well as scoring in this fixture last year.
Entry to the Stafflex Arena (HD8 0WA) is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and free for kids, with kick-off at 2pm this Sunday (September 15). If you can’t make the trip to Yorkshire, follow the game across our social media channels and with live updates via @SAFCLadies on Twitter.