Preview: FAWNL Cup Final – Huddersfield Town vs Southampton

Photo: Mark Parsons

Hot off their victory at St Mary’s on Wednesday night, newly crowned Southern Premier league champions Southampton FC will face Northern Premier side Huddersfield Town in the FAWNL Cup final on Sunday.

The Armco Arena, home of Solihull Moors FC, will host a day full of finals on the 24th April as the Cup Final at 3:30 pm follows the FAWNL Plate Final between AFC Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest which kicks off at 11 am.

Southampton are currently 24 games unbeaten and have lost just twice all season; once in the league and once in the FA Cup, both against Ipswich. They started their run to the final with a 3-2 win over Cheltenham Town in the determining round and have gone on to score a total of nine goals in the competition so far. Beating Crawley Wasps 2-0 to reach the final Southampton will be on a high coming into the game.

Road to the Final…

Huddersfield Town 
1st Round – Boldmere ST Michaels 7-2 (Marsden 2, Sanderson 2, Sowerby, Montgomery, Mallin)
2nd Round – Middlesborough 3-2 (Mallin 2, Montgomery)
3rd Round – Loughborough Lightning 3-1 (Elford, Mallin, Montgomery)
QF – Brighouse Town 4-1 (Elford 3, Sanderson)
SF – Liverpool Feds 1-0 (Stanley)

Road to the Final…

1st Round – Cheltenham Town 3-2 (Freeland, Kendall, Pharoah)
2nd Round – Ipswich Town 1-0 (Kendall)
3rd Round – MK Dons 2-1 (Rutherford, Ware)
QF – Hashtag United 1-0 (Rood)
SF – Crawley Wasps 2-0  (Rood, Ware)

Photos: Mark Parsons (title) and SaintsFCWomen (in article)
If they lift the trophy they will have completed the double, winning both the league title and the league cup. They have the chance to play off for promotion into the Championship when they face Wolves at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park on Saturday 21st May.
Northern team Huddersfield Town have scored an impressive 17 goals in the competition this season. They started their journey with a 7-2 win over Boldmere St Michael and overcame a tricky Liverpool Feds side to secure their spot in the final with a 1-0 win. They sit fourth in the league and have won 13 out of 23 games, with just one left to play.
In one of their biggest games of the season Town are within a fighting chance of bringing silverware back to the club. Their first chance of two, as the following weekend they face Barnsley in the Sheffield FA County Cup Final.
The closest either team has come to a place in this final was in the 2019/20 season. Southampton, who were a fourth-tier side at the time, reached the semi-finals where they faced Sunderland. It was Sunderland who progressed however due to covid the final wasn’t played and the competition was void.

Tickets for the match are available on arrival: £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and free for U16s. You can follow all of the action on our Twitter account from 10:30 on Sunday morning.

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