That is provided the team who topped the third tier when coronavirus brought a halt to league proceedings below the top two divisions can negotiate another tricky fourth-round tie against Derby County this coming Sunday (2pm).
Huddersfield edged past Brighouse Town via a penalty shootout on Sunday, a game streamed live to fans. There was plenty of interest in the tie, given the proximity of the two West Yorkshire rivals and the possibility of fourth-tier Brighouse causing an upset – and it did not disappoint.
“It was a great advert for the competition and for women’s football,” said Huddersfield manager Jordan Wimpenny, who knew his side had dodged a bullet by prevailing on penalties after the tie had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes.
“There was a lot of profile on the game, some people had been calling it the tie of the round, and full credit to Brighouse, it was a very competitive game.
“It always had the feel of a game that would come down to fine margins, and that was the case.”
The reward now for Town is a fourth-round tie against Derby County this Sunday at their home ground in Shelley at 2pm.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to be drawn with teams in Super League ” said Wimpenny, whose Huddersfield will travel to either Brighton – sixth in Super League – or Bristol City, who are embroiled in the battle to beat the drop from the top flight, on May 16.
“Long journeys potentially but it will be nice to pit our wits against Super League teams.
“But first things first, we’ve got to beat Derby County. They’ve scored 10 goals in their last two games and although we finished above them when the season was halted, this is going to our toughest game of the season.”
The game will again be held behind closed doors but streamed on the club’s website.
Holders Manchester City will play West Ham or Chichester & Selsey at home in the fifth round. Super League leaders Chelsea face a home tie against last season’s losing finalists Everton or Durham FC if they beat London Lionesses in their fourth-round clash on Friday. Sheffield United will play Reading or Tottenham if they can beat Middlesbrough.
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