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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Stockport County Reserves

Huddersfield Town Women Devs play Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game of the season.

PHOTO: Steve Winterburn

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. The Terriers host Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game, while still waiting for confirmation on when the rescheduled home tie against Brighouse will be.

Last time out was at the Stockport Sports Village. Town Women Devs scored within the first 10 minutes as Falone Sumaili found the back of the Hatters net. Sumaili nearly doubled her tally on the half hour mark, but the Hatters defender forced the shot wide.

The game finished after Sumaili scored her hat-trick and Sian Gibrill-Keating had a brace. The clubs met a week later, at the Stafflex Arena this time, in the determining round of the League Cup. Town were victorious in this game as well.

PHOTO: Steve Winterburn

Players to watch

Lois Scholefield has had a great last couple of games, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on. However, the whole team, who are playing their last scheduled home game of the season are our ones to watch, after working incredibly hard the whole season.

Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“It’s been an incredible season and our last goal as a team is to try and remain unbeaten. 15 league wins on the bounce and becoming league champions takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The squad have given us everything, but we have to stay focused and play the same way we have for 75% of the season, if we want to achieve our next goal. Hopefully the players are up for it and will end the season on a high.”

On Laura Carter:

“She has been an incredible servant to the club and for the devs this year she has lead by example, been supportive of this young team and played a huge part in us winning the title. I’d like to thank her for everything she has done for the club, she will be sadly missed. I’m sure the girls will give her the send off she deserves.”

Huddersfield Town Devs face Stockport County Reserves at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off is at 14:00 on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Hull City

Huddersfield Town Women end their season with a home game

  • Huddersfield Town Women final game of the season
  • Can still rise up the table
  • Cup winners final game
Credit: Richard

Huddersfield Town Women host Hull City, in the final game of the season. Town Women enter the game as County Cup Champions, and sit sixth in the league. The Women Terriers still have a change to finish in the four with victory and a couple of other results going their way.

Hull City LFC are bottom of the FAWNL Premier Division North and have been relegated from the division. Town Women end the season with silverware, as the Women Terriers lifted the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup on last Sunday.

Town Women can edge back up the table with a win against bottom of the league Hull City LFC. City have lost their last five league outings, , in fact, City have only won one match all season. Hull City have been relegated from the divison so have nothing to loose going into this game.

Town Women will be looking to end their season on a high, after winning the Cup last weekend, Huddersfield Town Women will not want to end on a defeat.

Hull City conceded 10 goals in their last three games, one of which was the reverse fixture against Town Women. City scored a goal against Derby County, but otherwise have struggled to find the back of the net.

Credit: Richard

Hull will be out to try and win. Although already relegated, a win against a current top six side will at least be a boost to confidence. City have struggled this season and aim to go out with some pride, and will want to beat the team that relegated them.

LAST TIME OUT

Town Women travelled to Haworth in April to play the postponed match. Early chances fell to both sides, but no one could find the net. In the first 20 mins the hosts had the opportunity to take the lead, however our keeper made a fine save from their corner. Town Women took the lead when Beth Ibbotson headed in from a Brittany Sanderson cross.

On the stroker of half time, the Women Terriers doubled their lead. Katie Stanley crossed to Mia Parry who netted. After the break the hosts had another free kick, and a great chance to get back in the game. Fortunately, Stanley cleared and it came to nothing.

City pushed for a way back into the game, but lacked quality in the final third. However, Town Women had no such issues, they kept the pressure on and Sanderson got on the end of Kate Mallins cross to score the third.

The final ten minutes just added to City misery as Stanley made it four, then Sanderson rounded off the game to make it five. All three points went back to West Yorkshire, and Hull City were relegated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vicky Abbott will be playing her last game for Huddersfield Town Women against Hull City. The defender is set to hang up her boots at the end of the season. Abbott has been with the Women Terriers for 10 years. Her last game for Town Women will be full of emotions, but Abbott will go out on a high.

Credit: Ritchard

For Hull City LFC Rachael Ackroyd will be one to watch. The City striker has netted a few times this season, so will be the main threat once again for the Town Women.

Glen said:

We played Hull the other week, and I thought until the late stages it was reasonably close game. They had some key players missing, and had the better of the opening exchanges. We know score lines are misleading and change expectations, but Hull will be going all out to end on a high. They will be a tough test for us, Aidy is a top coach.

On lifting silverware

It’s great to have reached two cup finals (again) and to finally win one. From a personal point of view, i’d lost my last three finals with Town, so, for my sanity I needed the win last Sunday. It was a great performance from the players, they were top drawer.

On league position

As for final league position, I don’t think it matters too much now. On form we hve been the third best team in the second half of the season. We’ve only dropped points in games where we’ve suffered heavy injuries to key attacking players. Injuries mixed with a very heavy fixture pile up has meant we havent’t been able to rest plyers at all, so I think it’s been tough for us mentally and physically, yet we have put in top performances.

The final game

Today will be more about trying to sign off the season with a win, but maybe also giving 1-2 players from the development team an opportunity. As well as saying goodbye to a few club legends who will be sorely missed (there may be the odd tear after the game.)

Kick off is Sunday 10th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. Fans are welcome to come along and support the team. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Bradford City Reserves v Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs travel to local rivals Bradford City in what will be their final away game of the campaign.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. They travel the short distance to play Bradford City reserves. City are ninth in the table, having won four of the 19 matches they played.  

Last time out was at the Stafflex arena. Town Women Devs started the game well, and within the first 15 minutes had the lead, through who else, but Sian Gibrill-Keating. The Terriers leading goal scorer found the back of the net to give them the lead.

Molly Ellis doubled Town Women’s lead before set piece specialist Tara Duce stepped up, and well, she just never misses from a set piece.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Two minutes into the second half, and City finally found the back of the Town net, they were looking to mount a comeback however goals from Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell secured the three points.

Although now crowned champions, the Terriers will not be taking the game for granted. Aiming to finish the season unbeaten, they will still be taking each game as it comes, and each one as seriously as the last.

Photo: Jess Hornby

Players to watch

Macy Ellis scored a brace against Chorley, and four goals in April. Ellis will be looking to end the season on a high with more goals, and with the pressure off and her shooting boots on, she can score for fun.

Asked about remaining unbeaten to the end of the season Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We do exactly the same, we keep the legs fresh, keep rotating the squad. We make sure that everyone that has been involved, is involved in the last three games as well. It’s more about enjoying this moment right now but staying professional, as the next step is to remain unbeaten.

On being league champions:

“It’s absolutely amazing, the girls have thorougly deserved that. All season they have been absolutely phenominal, done everything we have asked them to do, I think that is six or seven clean sheets on the bounce, scoring good goals as well from all over the pitch. To go against 2nd in the league and win 5-0 at home is fantastic.”

Huddersfield Town Devs travel to Bradford City Reserves and play at Rawdon Meadows. Kick off is at 18:45 on Tuesday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS VS CHORLEY WOMEN

Huddersfield Town Women Devs face an important top of the table clash against title rivals Chorley Women.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. Having won 14 of their 16 matches and are riding high in the table. Their opponents this weekend are Chorley Women. The Lancastrian side have played three more games than Town, and until the Terriers defeated Leeds United were top of the league. 

If the Terriers beat or draw against Chorley, the title will be heading to West Yorkshire and Huddersfield Town.

The teams have already met twice this season. Once in the reverse fixture at Chorley, and the other was in the quarter final of the League Cup.

The away fixture saw both sides share the points as they split four goals between them. However, last time out in the League Cup was a more thrilling match. Town Devs took the lead in the first quarter of the first half when Sian Gibrill-Keating netted from a super cross from Lois Mattock. 

Chorley kept pressing for the equaliser, and levelled the score on the half hour mark. The second half proved vital, and both sides were looking to score to avoid extra time and penalties.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Fresh legs were brought on by both sides as Town Devs and Chorley Women looked for the killer blow, and it was Chorley that struck what they thought was the winning goal to move through in the Cup. However, Town Women Devs were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area in the dying minutes of the game. Tara Duce stepped up and the ball flew into the back of the net to level up the match.

Photo: Jess Hornby

With everything on the line, and Huddersfield Town Women Devs now level, stoppage time arrived. Less than a minute after the restart Alice Linsell scored a screamer of a goal from a Town free kick on the half way line. The free kick was cleared by a defender, but only as far as Linsell, who didn’t hesitate and sent Town Women Devs through to the semi final of the cup.

Players to watch

Midfielder Tara Duce works her socks off for the team, and this weekend will be no different. Duce loves set pieces, and will be ready to step up should the Terriers be awarded any in this top of the table clash.

Top goal scorer Sian Gibrill-Keating has to be mentioned again, her record speaks for itself this season. Scoring in practically every game she has played the striker will certainly want to end the season on a high with more goals.

If Chorley beat Town Devs on Sunday, goal difference still comes into the equation. The Devs have the better goal difference, so unless Chorley put over 30 goals into the back of the Town net, it’s unlikely to change the league positions.

Speaking about league position, Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We certainly won’t be taking our foot off the gas until the very last whistle of the season has been blown. We’ll be playing with intent, the same way we have all season and look to carry on our positive momentum.

On this weeks opposition:

We know that Chorley are a very good side, with dangerous players who can hurt us, if we are not on our game. It’s all about being solid as a defensive unit and clinical up top when the chances come. This is what has got us into this position in the league. Hopefully we can get over the line on Sunday and I know the players are up for it, and extremely keen to get on the pitch

Huddersfield Town Devs welcome Chorley Women Reserves to the Stafflex Arena for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Leeds United Reserves VS Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip to West Yorkshire for a derby against Leeds United. 

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

On Tuesday, Huddersfield Town Women Development Team travel to Leeds United to see if they can continue their unbeaten run this season. The hosts are also on a current unbeaten streak, with their last defeat coming back in March.

Top of the League Town travel the short distance to their local rivals. Last time out the match ended all square with both teams earning a point.

Town started well in the first half with Macy Ellis scoring in the opening minute of the game, with Tara Duce scoring to make it two to Town. However a late fight back from United made the game all square at full-time.

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The Terriers will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the table, by beating rivals Leeds United Reserves. Town Women Devs have four games in hand on Chorley, but are level on points, however, Town have a better goal difference.

A victory against the Whites will extend the lead at the top, with the season coming to a close, Town Devs will be looking to finish at the top of the table to cap a brilliant unbeaten season.

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We were fantastic as a team last week, we have come so far as a solid unit. We need to be doing it consistently now until the end of the season, if we keep applying the positives to each game then we should be in for a great finish.”

On the team as a whole:

Goals from all areas of the pitch, and a solid defensive set up from the front to the back, is what has got us to where we are in the table. It’s great not having to rely on one or two players for goals.

The strength in depth, energy and attitude of those coming on as subsitutes in the games is fantastic. We just need this from them for the remaining games, and the players know they have to be ready for the vital games ahead.

Players to Watch

Sian Gibrill-Keating has an impressive record this season, scoring in almost every game she has played in. Town Women’s top scorer will be looking to add to her tally against local rivals.

Tara Duce loves scoring against Leeds, as with the last game against the Whites the midfielder will be looking to get the ball in the back of the net again.

Huddersfield Town Devs face Leeds United Women Reserves at Crofton Community Centre at 19.45 kick off on Tuesday 26th April, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Hull City Reserves

• Town Women welcome East Yorkshire side
•  Huddersfield Town Women Devs edging up the table

Credit: Eva Rae Photos

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team host Hull City Reserves for reverse fixture following their victory against the same side just three weeks ago.

Last time out, the Devs travelled to Middlesbrough reserves. Boro struggled against the high flying Terriers, who enjoyed a goal fest at the Herlingshaw Centre.

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FAWNL Reserves Northern Division, having played 14 matches, winning 12 and drawing two.

The Terriers still have four games in hand on Chorley who are at the top of the league, only three points behind the leaders.

Town will be looking to continue their great league form on Sunday and try to get closer to Chorley who are closer to the end of their campaign.

The visitors are Hull City Reserves. The East Yorkshire side have played one more game than Chorley, and are currently ninth in the table.

City have won four of their 19 games, losing 14 with one drawn. The Tigresses sit third from bottom and have played the most games of all teams in the league.

Hull City women had a very close game against Middlesbrough themselves recently. The East Yorkshire side went 2-0 down, but pushed hard and scored a consulation goal.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Hull will be desperate to earn a win. The hosts last won a league game in January, against bottom of the table Barnsley.

The only other point that Hull City have achieved was in a draw against Stockport County.

Last time Out

The Terriers dominated the Tigresses at Haworth Park, although the pitch was not the easiest to play on. Uneven surfaces meant the game didn’t really get going at first. However, Town were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, and Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and sent their ‘keeper the wrong way. Tara Duce and Lois Mattock ensured that Town headed into the break well up.

Steve Winterburn commented on the last fixture against the East Yorkshire side

Last time out at Hull we approached the game in the same manner, but we were met with a couple of unexpected issues, which we coped with well.

One being a very dry, uneven and bobbly pitch. The other being a very enthusiastic and quite physically strong oppostition. To be honest, on reflection I have to say I am shocked by their league position. I really thought they gave us a good game, which we had to adapt to quickly and knuckle down in, despite the scoreline.

Players to watch

Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are both the ones to watch in this match. Hird and Buckle are a centre half duo who have been instrumental in recent Town Women performances and have not conceded in the league in over a month.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Winterburn continued: “Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Sunday against Hull but we are well aware that all our remaining matches will not be easy as now we have put ourselves into a good position, others around us will be trying that little bit harder to derail us but we have prepared well as we have been doing all season.”

Huddersfield Town devs are riding high in the table, and will want to build on the team spirit, togetherness and confidence. However, now is not the time to become blasé. Losing concentration or taking the win for granted can be the downfall.

Kick off is Sunday 24th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomendevs plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Middlesbrough Reserves v Huddersfield Town Women Devs

• Terriers travel to North Yorkshire opposition 
• Town Devs look to edge closer to top of the table
• Fans can follow online

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Middlesbrough as the season draws to a close. Town Women look to edge closer to the top of the table and still have games in hand on most of their rivals.

Last time out, Town Women travelled to Hull City Reserves. From the outset, the game was aggressive, with the Terriers overcoming sliding tackles and lunges. In very tough conditions, Town found themselves with a penalty kick after 20 minutes, after Zoe Laughton was fouled inside the box. Continuing in a goal scoring fashion, Town scored seven and brought the points back to West Yorkshire.

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FAWNL Reserves Northern Division, having played 11 matches, winning nine and drawing two.

Town Devs have five games in hand on Chorley who sit at the top of the league, only six points adrift from the top spot with a better goal difference. Town will be looking to continue their great league form on Sunday.

Their hosts are Middlesbrough Reserves. The North Yorkshire side have played one more game than Town and are seven points adrift of second place. Middlesbrough are currently sixth in the league and their goal difference is much lower than the Terriers.

Middlesbrough Reserves beat Hull City in their last outing. The North Yorkshire team netted twice, but Hull managed a consolation goal.

Credit: Mark Parsons

Middlesbrough will be looking to avenge the reverse fixture. Town Devs welcomed Middlesbrough in March and won 5-0. Boro will want to stop the Terriers getting closer to the top spot.

Last time Out

Last time Town played Boro, Town opened the scoring from a deflected corner. Four minutes later Gibrill-Keating scored, which is almost guaranteed these days. Laura and then Macy Ellis found the back of the net, Town Women went into the break four-nil up.

Into the second half and Macy Ellis got her second of the match, that was the end for Boro, as they had no way back into the match from there. It was another great win for the Terriers.

Players to watch

Sian Gibrill-Keating has scored in almost every game she has played so far in 2022. The only one missed out on was the County Cup semi final against Huddersfield Town Women. That is an impressive record and one she will look to continue this weekend.

Credit: Jess Hornby

We will also be keeping an eye on Macy Ellis this weekend. Having scored a brace against Middlesbrough last time out, she will be eager to do the same this weekend.

Huddersfield Town’s Devs are riding high in the table, and will want to build on the team spirit, togetherness and confidence.

Manager Alan Eastwood said about the upcoming match:

We have a lot of fixtures coming up in a short space of time, so it’s about gaining positive momentum and keeping the squad as fresh as possible.

On the opposition:

Boro away is always tough, but we’re looking forward to the game and we’ll approach it full on, hopefully we put in another decent shift.

Kick off is Sunday 17th April at 14.00 at Herlingshaw Centre, Middlesbrough. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomendevs plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Burnley

Preview by Glenys

Huddersfield Town Women return to home league action as they welcome Lancashire rivals Burnley.  


• Fifth against sixth
• Fans can watch at Stafflex Arena

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

The Lancashire side have been flying up the table. Burnley have won seven of their last league matches. Only Brighouse have recently beaten The Clarettes, even top of the league Wolves were defeated by Burnley, which is a feat in itself. Of the 21 matches that The Clarettes have played, they have drawn 3, won 12 and lost 6 times. This will be an interesting match for the Terriers at home.

Last time out at the County Ground in Leyland, the Terriers were behind in the first minutes of the game. Although Town Women made a quick attack from the kick off, the Clarettes scored within the first minute and a half taking the lead.

Both sides had chances from there on in, neither side able to control the game. Several shots on goal and goal mouth scrambles came to nothing, as both keepers made fantastic saves when required.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town Women went into the break down two goals as the Clarettes were awarded a penalty and scored from the spot. The second half didn’t start any better for the Terriers, as once again they were down another goal within a minute of the restart.

The Terriers were outplayed on the day, and Burnley put the game to bed 10 minutes into the second half with the fourth goal. will want to get another three points on the board, and claim a second win on the bounce. Although Town Women did have a good spell towards the end of the match, the final whistle came as a relief.

The Clarettes will be looking to do the double over the Terriers, Wolves and Derby have completed the double over Town Women this season, Burnley will be hoping to join them. However, The Terriers will want to get three points and move up in the league.

Having defeated Hull at the weekend, the Town Women will be in good spirits and looking to get another win on the board. Having defeated Fylde in style the Terriers then lost to top of the table Wolves. Burnley are the only team to have defeated Wolves this season so cannot be taken lightly.

Both teams want the win, neither team will be satisfied with anything other than the three points. The Clarettes and the Terriers clash looks to be a good match up, with the victors moving up the table. A draw will leave league positions unchanged..

Manager Glen spoke ahead of the match.

Burnley are somewhat of a bogey team for us. I’m not sure we have beaten them since they came into the league. They beat us comfortably earlier in the season. I’ve watched Burnley a couple of times this season, from what I’ve seen they could easily be the best team in the league. They play a different system to most teams. Burnley have a clear way of playing, they press with great intensity like we do. Above all else, they have a very clear attacking framework on how they want to score goals.

So many teams play off the cuff in the final third, but Burnley have a very good structure. I have a lot of admiration for the way they hae been coached, we will have to be on our A game to win.

Burnley are probably favourites for this match, having improved over the season with only one loss in the last few games. Having beaten the Terriers last time out, Burnley riding high are looking good for the win.

This will be a tough match for Town Women, however, if the team bring their A game there is no reason that the Terriers cannot prevent the Clarettes from adding to their points, and of course preventing a third club from doing the double over Town Women.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

For the Terriers, Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against Hull last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On over 20 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.

Mia Parry has scored in the last two games she has played in. The midfielder, who joined the Terriers on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season has impressed since her arrival. Parry has gained in experience at Town and will want to stake a claim to a potential full time move.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield fans will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Thursday at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off 7.45pm. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Hull City v Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield start their final run with Hull away.

  • Town travel to Haworth Park
  • Hull on brink of relegation from FAWNL
  • Though of First Team coach Kamran
Credit: Eva Knott

Huddersfield Town Women travel to Haworth Park to face Hull City for the first time this season.

The Town Women return to league action after booking their spot in the second cup final of the year with a win over their development team.

Hull City LFC are bottom of the FAWNL Premier Division North and looking like being relegated from the division. The Terriers are fifth in the league, having defeated Fylde in a thrilling match, before losing a tight match to top of the table Wolves.

Town Women can edge back up the table with a win against bottom of the league Hull City LFC. City have lost four of their last five league outings, and with relegation looming will want to save face and win against a high flying Huddersfield Town Women.

Town Women will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league, the narrow defeat to Wolves was a disappointment but they will try to bounce back this weekend.

Hull City defeated their relegation rivals Sheffield FC, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Fylde narrowly defeated City, one goal giving the three points to the Lancashire side.

Hull City were put through the wringer in their last game out against Burnley. The Lancastrian side put seven beyond the East Yorkshire Club.

Credit: Eva Knott

Hull will be out to try and win. Although already relegated, a win against a current top six side will at least be a boost to confidence. City have struggled this season and aim to go out with some pride.

LAST TIME OUT

The teams have not met yet this season, this match is rescheduled from January, when the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. However, last season the Terriers took home all three points. Huddersfield Town Women clinched a close match 2-1 on a Wet Wednesday to start an unbeaten run.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Laura Elford scored a hat trick against Flyde and will be looking for more. As part of the team that lost to Wolves, and on the bench for the game against the Town Women Devs Elford should be in a prime position to net.

Credit: Eva Knott

For Hull City LFC Rachael Ackroyd will be one to watch. The City striker came close several times in the match against Flyde, so the Terriers will need to be on their guard to ensure Ackroyd doesn’t find the back of the net.

Assistant Manager Kamran on playing bottom of the league Hull City

League positions are not of importance when coming up against any opposition at this level. We know on their day, any team stands a chance of scoring and picking up points. Complacency is never an issue with this group of players. The consistency and small actions we do on a weekly basis will hopefully shine through n the final month of the season.

On the Pitch conditions

The pitch and conditions are always a factor when playing away from home. Every team that has visited Haworth Park has had to overcome this. We pride ourselves on overcoming any obstacle that comes our way. We most certainly need to dig in and dig deep if we want the three points on Sunday.

Kick off is Sunday 10th April at 14.00 at the Haworth Park. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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CUP SEMI-FINAL: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Huddersfield Town Women

A place in the County Cup final is at stake as Huddersfiled Town Women face very familiar opposition...

• Both open age Huddersfield teams face each other.
• Semi-Final of Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup
• Watch the game at Stafflex Arena

Both Huddersfield Town Women clubs (first team and development team) have met each other in the County Cup semi-final with a place in the final at stake.

Kicking off at the Stafflex Arena this Thursday 7 April, this inter-club match will test both teams with the development team coming into the fixture with the best form but the first team having the expectation to overcome their younger generation.

HOME: DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Last time out, Town Women Devs were against AFC Bentley Academy Women. The quarter final match never took place, and the Terriers were given the win to progress to the semi final. However, in the fourth round the Town Women Devs were against Harworth Colliery. Town Women dominated the lower league team putting four goals beyond their ‘keeper. Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Reserves Northern Division, having played 13 matches and won 11 and drawn two.

Town Devs have five games in hand on Chorley who sit at the top of the league, only six points adrift from the top spot with a better goal difference. Town will be looking to continue their league form in the cup competition on Thursday 7th April.

The Women Devs have won their last two league matches in FA Reserve Northern Division. The Devs put a total of 12 goals past their last two opponents

AWAY: FIRST TEAM

Paige Cross Celebrates Win against Sheffield
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Huddersfield Town Women left it late to progress to the semi final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup. Playing against Doncaster Rovers Belles, Laura Elford took the ball from the halfway line and managed to get a shot off, which was parried by the Belles keeper into the back of the net in the 75th minute.

Huddersfield Town Women are fifth in the FAWNL Premier Division North. The Terriers have won one and lost one of their last two league matches. Both were against the top two sides. Defeating then second placed Fylde Women 5-1 to gain a vital three points, then suffering a narrow defeat to top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers Women 2-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sian Gibrill-Keating has scored in every game she has played so far in 2022. That is nine games, and at least one goal in each game. Gibrill-Keating will be trying to extend that to double figures with at least one goal this Thursday.

Youngster Laura is another to watch for the Town Women Devs. Although Laura doesn’t have the same record as Gibrill-Keating, she can also find the back of the net. Laura has been sublime for the Devs squad so far this season.

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For the first team; Laura Elford is the player to watch. The forward scored a hat-trick mid week against Fylde. Elford will be hungry for more goals, having not been part of the Wolves squad due to injury.

However Falone Sumaili may get her chance to shine for the first team after making several promising appearances from the bench. The Burundian striker will have a chance to face her regular team having scored multiple goals for the development team throughout the season.

One thing for sure, Huddersfield Town Women will have a team represented in the County Cup final, however we will find out which one it will be by the close of Thursday.

Development Team Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“The main thing from the game is that we have absolutely nothing to lose. We just need to go onto the pitch confident in our own ability and enjoy the challenge.

“Nothing will change in the terms of the way we approach the game. All I ask is that the players give everything they have got, like they have done for a large majority of the season.”

Kamran Hussian against Loughborough
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First Team Coach Kamran Hussain said:

“The approach, mentality and training is the same as any other opposition we come against. An opportunity for silverware is the end goal, but there are still a few hurdles and challenges in our way

The Devs team are full of young talented players, who will definitely be up for the occasion, and to show what they are made of. So there is no complacency on our part. It’s our goal to achieve silverware, and if that means beating the devs for it, then that is the next challenge we must overcome.

Kick off is Thursday 7th April at 7:45pm at the Stafflex Arena. Tickets can be purchased on the day with Adults £5, Concessions £3 and U18 Free.

Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on @HTAFCWomenDevs. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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