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FA Cup Third Round Rainbow Laces Fixture

We are very excited to share that Sunday will be our dedicated Rainbow Laces game. We support Stonewall’s yearly campaign and look forward to this weekend’s FA Cup third round game against Loughborough Lightning. 

Proud Terriers, who are an LGBTQ+ Huddersfield Town Supporters Club, are welcomed to the Stafflex Arena this weekend with open arms. Ryan Mather, the chair of Proud Terriers, said: “Rainbow Laces is so important because it raises so much awareness and education around this topic and for me these two things are the most important to keep pushing for change.

“To see more and more clubs getting involved makes me feel so proud because as a gay fan myself, seeing clubs getting involved shows they care about our community and ensures everyone feels welcome. This means a lot when at times I feel very unwelcome and intimidated in the game.”

Town Women Chair, Alison Bamforth said: “I wear rainbow laces in my boots all year round. It’s a great conversation starter for younger players and those who may not otherwise be aware of Stonewall and the Rainbow Laces campaign. I’m proud of how diverse and inclusive Huddersfield Town Women Football Club already is, and I am fully committed to continuing to work to ensure that everyone feels welcome here, whether as a coach, player or fan.”

Newly appointed club captain, Katie Stanley, said: “Football is and should be everyone’s game that’s why I am proud to be an active ally of the rainbow laces campaign to help raise awareness and promote inclusion. #TogetherAgainstDiscrimination” 

Glen Preston, First-Team Manager, had to say: “I’m a huge fan of the ‘Rainbow Laces Campaign’, I think it’s an essential movement for society at large as well as in football.

“I think the support mechanisms for players who are openly gay within the women’s game has always been quite strong, but those pillars of support are perhaps less visible in the men’s game.

“However, in my experiences, attitudes are slowly changing for the better and that’s in no small part down to campaigns like this one. 

“There’s still a lot of work to be done in and out of football, but an end game of reaching a time where every person can be themselves and be happy is not just a pipe dream anymore and I hope the campaign goes from strength to strength.”

Sunday’s game at the Stafflex Arena kicks off at 13:00 and we welcome fans to come down to support us and Proud Terriers on this monumental day. 

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MATCH REPORT: Sheffield FC 0-3 Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield Town Women beat Sheffield FC in Second Round of FA Cup.

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Huddersfield Town Women played host to Sheffield FC in an away game at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 6 December in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after being rescheduled following Storm Arwen.

With the Terriers beating Sir Tom Finney ladies 20-nil in the last round, and Sheffield FC winning on penalties, the tie was set up and scheduled to be played on November 28. However, after a snow storm hit the country, the game was postponed. Just one week later, the game went on, and although it was reversed to a home tie for Town, both sides were ready to earn themselves a place in the next round.

The first half was fairly steady for both Town and Sheffield, and just under 10 minutes in, Lucy Sowerby had a chance that was just over the crossbar. Then, minutes later, Brittany Sanderson had two attempts at goal, with the first being after a lovely cut back from Kate Mallin, but her headed chance was straight into the hands of Abi Megeary.

As chances were falling for Town before the break, it was Beth Stanfield and Laura Elford who had their chances fly over the crossbar and saved respectively before the whistle blew for half-time.

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A big 45 minutes approached for both sides as they both equally wanted to progress; however, it was the Terriers who found a breakthrough when Paige Crossman scored the opener. A big call was needed from the referee after the ball hit the crossbar, appeared to cross the line before falling back into the box, but moments later he pointed to the centre circle to confirm the wing-back gave Town the lead.

Just over 10 minutes later, Town’s lead was doubled after an unlucky deflection and own-goal seen the ball fly into the back of the net. Then it added time, Sanderson finally got her goal after her half a dozen chances.

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Manager Glen Preston spoke at full-time after his sides’ progression in the cup.

“The mission was to get through to the next round and we have done it, and we have done it comfortably. Could we have won by a bigger margin? Absolutely! But we were patient and got the goals, and we have been professional.

“Loughborough will be a different game, today was an attack vs defence for 90 minutes with 10 players in the penalty area, it was tough to break them down.”

Loughborough are a side that try and play a lot of football, so they will be different types of games, we just have to do our preparations and be as professional as we ever would and if we play with our maximum capabilities and intensity we will give everybody a game in this league.”

Town now host Loughborough Lightning on Sunday 12 December as they look to book a place in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Durham Reserves vs Huddersfield Town Women

Town look to book a place in the second round of the League Cup on Sunday when they travel to Durham.

Devs talking pre-Stockport in the determining round
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The League Cup continues this weekend as Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Durham in the first round. 

After playing two games in November, and having two games postponed because of the weather, Town continue their league cup campaign as they travel to Durham Cestria.

Durham, who are in the same league as the Terriers, travelled to the Stafflex Arena earlier this season. After a tough battle for both sides throughout the 90 minutes, Town found victory following a first half goal from Macy Ellis, before Tara Duce doubled our lead minutes into the second half.

This weekend’s hosts made it through in the determining round after hosting Barnsley at the start of October, and nine goals later, their place in the first round was confirmed. However, they have not made the best start to their league campaign. Durham are eighth in the table, compared to Town, who are flying high at the top.

The Terriers joined the first round after beating Stockport County at home in a convincing win. A brace from Duce followed by goals from Falone Sumaili, Cassidy Clift and Sian Gibrill-Keating saw off County.

Town Devs celebrating Tara Duce’s goal against Stockport

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Chloe Ryan and Jasmine Elliott-Wood have scored nine and seven goals respectively for their side this season and will be looking to add to that.

However, centre-halves Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are on form this season defending their goal conceding only three goals in their last five games.

Devs player Molly Ellis holds possession and drives the ball forward vs Barnsley
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After hosting Durham in their last game, manager Alan Eastwood is very aware of what he has to take forward from that game into the cup tie.

“We saw that Durham are a very well organised, professional team and they gave us a huge test a couple of weeks ago. The positive now is that we know what to expect and the players know we have to be on top of our game to come away with a positive result. 

“We are battling and working hard as a team on and off the pitch now so if we keep the same mentality as well as playing to the game plan we give ourselves every chance of progressing to the next round. However we have to show it on the pitch that we want to get through rather than simply saying so.”

Town travel to Durham for a 2pm kick off on Sunday, and live match updates will be on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs throughout the afternoon. 

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The FA Cup is finally back for Town Women!

Preview by Cameron Felton.

• Town booked their place after a 20-0 win against Sir Tom Finney in Round 1 of the FA Cup.

• Winners will welcome side Loughborough Lightning in the next round.

• Glen Preston takes charge of his first cup game back at Town.

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Huddersfield Town Women return to the Stafflex Arena to take on Sheffield FC in the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

Bad weather meant that our tie against Sheffield FC was lost to a frozen pitch last week but now Storm Arwen has passed, and the team are ready to face their South Yorkshire counterparts. The fixture was reversed to be played at home following reports of a waterlogged pitch at the Home of Football Stadium, Dronfield.

Town will be looking to make it into the Third Round yet again and will look favourably at Sunday’s tie, having already beaten Sheffield FC at The Home of Football Stadium already this season six goals to nil last month.

Sheffield FC have not been on the best of form, only picking up one win courtesy of a penalty shootout against Sutton Coldfield Town. Their last win within 90 minutes came at the beginning of October when they dispatched Hull City 4-0.

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Should Town make their way past Sunday’s opponents then a home tie is on the cards with Loughborough Lightning – a team Town already dispatched five goals to one earlier this season.

Last time out in the cup Town took a battering ram to a very resilient Sir Tom Finney FC Ladies team, Twenty goals and nine goal scorers that afternoon at the Stafflex Arena. Development captain and centre half Kayley Hird coming off the bench to make her first team debut and grabbed herself a goal late on to round off a well-rounded performance for Town.

Since then, Town have changed manager with Glen Preston being announced as the new manager and got his first win under his belt when his side thrashed promotion-chasing AFC Fylde. During this game Town made a strong start and held the intensity throughout and came away with the three points. Laura Elford, Ria Montgomery and Kate Mallin with the goals for Preston’s side.

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PLAYER TO WATCH

Ria Montgomery has been on goal-scoring form for the Terriers, grabbing another long-range strike goal against Fylde in her previous game. She was voted the ‘Player of the Month’ for November by the players and secured her third ‘Goal of the Month’ title this season.

HOW TO WATCH HTWFC

Town fans can come to the Stafflex Arena (Storthes Hall, HD8 0WA) for Sunday’s 2pm kick off. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and Kids come for FREE!

Can’t make the game? Fans can keep up to date with live match updates on our twitter page @HTAFCWomen.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Middlesbrough vs Huddersfield Town Devs

It’s a top of the table clash on Sunday in North Yorkshire as table-toppers Town travel to second-place Boro in an early tie between title challengers.

Leoni Price HTWFC Devs

After over-taking Boro at the top of the table last Sunday, Town Devs travel to North Yorkshire where they hope to create a gap between themselves and their opposition.

Boro could not have started their season any better than they had, winning the first five games on the bounce, scoring 26 and conceding only four goals in the process. However, since then, they have lost their last two league games, conceding five and scoring twice. 

With that great start to the campaign, Boro were flying at the top of the table, especially with the Terriers dropping points with two draws in their opening five games.

However, Town are now the only side undefeated in the Reserves Division North, having won five of their opening seven games, and taking a point from Chorley Women and Leeds United. 

HTWFC Devs against Barnsley

With a win on Sunday, Town have the chance to go five points clear at the top of the table, whereas if Boro win, they will be one point ahead of the Terriers. 

Last time the Terriers travelled to Middlesbrough College, the hosts took an early lead, before Emma Samways scored an equaliser minutes before the break. Just after half-time, Macy Ellis scored before Kayley Hird scored from a corner to seal the victory for Town.

ONES TO WATCH: 

Town // Macy Ellis

  • Macy Ellis has been in fine form for Town throughout the season, and continued when she returned from injury last week. Ellis has scored four in her five appearances this season and having scored against Boro last time out, will be looking to continue her run of form tomorrow.

Boro // Kerri Heslop

  • Despite Boro having 16 of their players score this season already, Kerri Heslop is our player to watch. Heslop has scored six in her eight performances this season, and having proven she is clinical in front of goal will need to be marked closely to ensure she doesn’t find the back of the net on Sunday. 
HTWFC Devs against Stockport County

However, there has been a big change in management at Boro over the last week, as long-serving manager Josh Ward has departed the club, with Ethan Oswald stepping up and taking charge. Town will need to be wary of the “new manager buzz” that their opposition will be feeling, however, the Terriers are in great form themselves after Alan Eastwood took charge in the summer.

Eastwood spoke about the challenge at hand this weekend: “We just need to be consistent. We’re learning new aspects of our game week in week out and working all the time to improve on areas that need it. 

“The positive is that we’re transferring this onto the pitch at the minute and we need to keep that going. We’re approaching the game the same as any other and once again we need to be solid as a unit. The atmosphere and morale amongst the players is improving all the time and that comes with hard work and unity.”

Town travel to Boro in what will be a 2pm kick off, with updates on Twitter and Instagram throughout the afternoon. 

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs vs Durham Cestria Reserves

Town go top of the league with a well fought win over Durham on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena.

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After not playing for two weeks since their impressive win over Bradford City, Town looked to carry on the momentum against Durham as they vied to go above Middlesbrough in the table.

The team certainly started the game with this goal in sight as after only three minutes Macy Ellis pounced on a Durham team that was still finding their feet and slotted past the goalkeeper to make it one-nil to the home side. 

Town continued the good start as not long after Sian Gibrill-Keating ran through on goal, but this time the Durham goalkeeper saved the effort.

Town then managed to make it to half time despite some good pressure from Durham and then started the second as they did the first, with Tara Duce volleying the ball home from close range to give Town a two goal advantage after 47 minutes.

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As full time approached, and Durham fought to try and get back into the game the Terriers did find themselves having to battle more and Laura Carter had to make several good saves to keep the visitors out.

Town did have the chance to make it three, but Falone Sumaili saw her shot saved by the Durham ‘keeper after she raced past the defenders.

At full time the Town players were clearly happy with the win, despite the cold conditions, as they went top of the league.

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Manager Alan Eastwood, clearly happy with the win, said: “it wasn’t the prettiest win as Durham were an organised, physical team but we did the dirty work very well today. It’s a different sort of win and it shows how far we’ve come.

“We weren’t allowed to play our usual style but we adapted fantastically and they way we put our bodies on the line was a joy to watch.

“Todays result has gone now and we shift our focus to Boro next week. We’ll prep well as always and hopefully we’ll be jeered up for the game come Sunday.”

Town travel to second in the table Middlesborough on Sunday. 

Report by Jack Vernoum.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Devs vs Durham Cestria

Preview by Johnathan Stack.

Huddersfield Town Development Team host Durham Cestria Reserves in league action this Sunday at the Stafflax Arena. 

• Town looking to reach the summit

• Cestria lost three games in the last six

• Devs to pick up where we left off

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Town are in great form going into this weekends game unbeaten in the last six and a win against Cestria will take them top of the league above Middlesbrough.

The opposition, Durham, have lost three games in the last six and currently sit 7th in the table. But forward Chloe Ryan is in great form for this weekends visitors, having scored nine goals in three games in all competitions.

The Terriers have their own player currently in great form, Falone Sumaili has 10 goals in seven matches in all competitions and will be looking to add to that total come Sunday. Devs manager Alan Eastwood highlights how quickly the forward has adapted for her new side.

“She has had a good start to life at the club and has fitted in extremely well with the rest of the team who have all been there to provide her with some fantastic assists”.

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Three points are vital on Sunday especially with a big game against Boro coming up next. Eastwood continued: “Every game is vital in this league and to us, this will be just as important as the last six we’ve played.

“I don’t like looking at the league tables as it can distract you from the task at hand. The most vital part of Sunday is that we stay focused for 90 minutes and stick to our game”.

Last time out Town beat Bradford City Devs 5-1 a fortnight ago, and after a weekend off, Eastwood spoke about returning to action:

“We are looking forward to getting back on the pitch after a week off and it will be a huge positive if we can pick up the momentum from where we left it against Bradford”. 

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Last Sunday players Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell got an outing in the 1st team in the 20-0 win in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup against Sir Tom Finney Ladies, both getting 45 minutes and both grabbing a goal each. 

Eastwood had this to say “I was buzzing for them. It’s great to see that players in the development squad are getting recognised for their efforts and they did themselves proud.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Falone Sumaili – Huddersfield Town Development.

Sumaili has been on a hot streak of late and she will be eyeing up adding to that total this Sunday.

Chloe Ryan – Durham Cestria Reserves.

Ryan is as inform as Sumalil heading into this game. Town defence better mark her closely on Sunday or she might add to that goal tally.

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Becky Flaherty in Northern Ireland squad for women’s world cup qualifiers

Becky Flaherty in Northern Ireland squad for women’s world cup qualifiers.

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This week, Northern Ireland’s women’s team announced their squad for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers, and we are very excited that ‘keeper Becky Flaherty has once again received a call up for her national side.

Flaherty made her debut for Northern Ireland in 2019 and after earning a clean sheet in her first appearance, is preparing alongside her green and white army teammates for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euros 2022.

She had a successful stint at both Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, before heading to West Yorkshire in the summer.  So far this season, she has made seven appearances for the Terriers including most recently in the massive victory over Sir Tom Finney ladies. 

Flaherty, originally from Scotland, spoke about her idols in football, plus, outside of football. As well as how it feels to be called up for her national side. 

“My favourite goalkeeper growing up was Pepe Reina, he’s the reason I picked number 25 for Town. Also, being a Liverpool fan, Steven Gerrard was always my idol. My parents too, they’ve supported me with everything I’ve done, with moving away from Scotland to England and I can’t thank them enough.” 

“It is a great feeling for me and my family, every single time I get called up it’s an honour. My Grandma and Grandpa are from Northern Ireland, unfortunately my Grandpa never got to see me represent his country so every time I pull on that shirt I’m doing it for him.”

Becky Flaherty makes a good save against Derby County
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Flaherty recently featured on the bench when Northern Ireland travelled to Wembley Stadium to play England in the final set of Euro’s qualifiers, and although that game ended in defeat, the game went in at the break level, which spurred the team on to a 2-2 draw three days later against Austria and qualificiation for next summer’s tournament. Northern Ireland are the only home nation to qualify on merit, with England’s Lionesses receiving a bye as host nation.

Northern Ireland travel to North Macedonia on 25 November before hosting them just four days later in World Cup qualifiers.Flaherty continued:

“It’s an experience you would never get anywhere else, the professionalism from everyone is what stands out the most.

“Our hopes are to come away with two wins, this would put us in a great position to qualify out of the group or make the play-offs.

“The hardest player I’ve played against has to be Vivienne Miedema for Arsenal or Caroline Graham Hansen for Norway! I’m lucky to have played with loads of great players.”

With the women’s Euros coming up, and Yorkshire stadiums in Rotherham and Sheffield hosting a handful of games, Flaherty aims to keep pushing herself for success ahead of the summer. 

“I hope I’m a part of the squad selected to represent Northern Ireland, I think our aim is to just prove people wrong who have doubted us, we have done that so far so time to do it on the big stage.”

Having already qualified for the Euros in the Summer, Northern Ireland now set their sights on qualification for the World Cup. If they find victory in their next two games, they have the chance to push further up the table towards England and Austria.

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MATCH REPORT: Town 3-0 AFC Fylde

Town Women kick start new Glen Preston era with a win.

Britt Sanderson in action against FC Fylde.
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Manager Glen Preston made a winning return to Huddersfield Town Women as his side recorded a fine three nil win at home to AFC Fylde Women on the night of Wednesday 19th November, with goals from Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin.

There were wholesale changes from Sunday’s game; Bethan Davies, Serena Fletcher, Lauren Griffiths, Britt Sanderson, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin all taking their place back in the Starting XI after town thrashed Sir Tom Finney FC 20-0

Town made a quick start to the game and after three minutes Mallin was set free down the wing but her ball across the box was well held by the keeper with a Town player not far away.

Three minutes later and the deadlock was broken, Montgomery chased a whipped ball down the line and looked up and saw the keeper off her line and did no more than lift the ball over the ‘keeper from the far side of the 18-yard box into the back of the net, surely a contender for goal of the month.

Griff vs AFC Fylde
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Town making sure to keep the Fylde ‘keeper the busier throughout the night, this time Elford trying her luck but her shot forced the ‘keeper into making a good save with just under half an hour played.

Fylde could’ve been level if it wasn’t for a brilliant piece of defending from Beth Ibbotson, a ball through the middle is latched onto by the Fylde attack and Ibbotson gets a slide challenge in and wins the ball and then does excellently to cover her position and get the ball clear of the Town box.

Six minutes into the second half and Town doubled their lead. Montgomery made a run into the box and slid the ball back into the box and after a short scramble for the ball, Elford who smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Town had another good chance in the 53rd minute, Fletcher getting into a good position on the left-hand side and her delivery into the box was met by Sanderson, but her header went just wide of the mark.

Laura Elford vs AFC Fylde
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With around 15 minutes to go,  Town hit their third of the evening, Mallin is played in down the wing, and drove towards goal before slotting the ball past the Fylde ‘keeper despite the ‘keeper getting fingertips to the shot. Town held on to secure a momentous win.

Glen Preston was delighted with his team’s performance:

“You’re always guaranteed intensity in your first game in charge but to be relentless as we were for the 90 minutes today; we took it to another level – I’m surprised myself with the levels the players reached today.”

Town are next in action in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup second round away to Sheffield FC at The Home of Football Stadium in Dronfield.

Match Report by Cameron Felton.

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MATCH REPORT: TOWN WOMEN 20-0 SIR TOM FINNEY LADIES

Huddersfield Town Women scored 20 in a first round FA Cup tie on Sunday to send them through to the second round. Sir Tom Finney Ladies had reached this stage in the competition for the first time in their history, and put in a valiant performance against a team 3 leagues above them.

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It was a great game for the Terriers to start their FA Cup campaign, and a goal in the opening moments of the game started the game the same way it continued.

Town created chances from the start, and they took these excellently with Lucy Sowerby and Serena Fletcher scoring in the opening moments of the game. Then just before the quarter of an hour mark, Fletcher had a shot that was deflected off Ria Montgomery and into the back of the net. It seemed like a long way back for the visitors from the get-go, but they never stopped trying.

Following the third goal of the game, Town continued pressing looking for more, and Isabel Thompson in the Finney goal made consecutive great saves to stop chances from Beth Ibbotson and Sowerby.

Shortly after the half an hour mark, Sowerby made a pass into the middle of the box to find Brooke Marsen, whose shot into the back of the net made it four. Before long, Town scored again, with Sowerby turning scorer once again to make it five. 

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Following the fifth goal, Town had two chances, this time from Fletcher and Vicky Abbott, with both shots rattling the crossbar. Again, moments later, the Terriers had another chance that was cleared off the goal line by the Finney defence. 

As the game was approaching the break, Marsden scored again as her shot was saved by Thompson, before the ball fell back to her feet in time to ultimately find the back of the net. Minutes later, on the stroke of the break, Fletcher doubled her tally to end the half on a high. 

At the break, Town made three changes, with Devs players Alice Linsell and Kayley Hird joining the game alongside Autumn Housley as Georgia Marshall, Serena Fletcher and Beth Ibbotson made way.

Town were not about to stop looking for more in the second half, and in the opening few seconds, Thompson made a great save to deny the Terriers starting the half off strongly. However, minutes later, Sowerby scored her third of the afternoon to bag her first hat-trick of the season.

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Marsden also secured her first three-goal haul of the season moments later, before substitute Linsell found the back of the net. Sowerby also did not stop once she hit three and shortly after, scored her fourth goal of the game. 

As Town continued to push forward, the tally continued to rise. Next up, Paige Crossman’s cross into the box flew into the back of the net. Montgomery scored another before Thompson made two consecutive fantastic saves to temporarily hold the scoreline. Crossman scored again moments later and after another brilliant save, Sowerby scored her fifth goal of the game as  Zoe Laughton also got herself on the scoreboard.

Wing-back Crossman eventually added a third and fourth to her tally for the game, with Marshall saying “she can not be stopped” in glee from the bench. In the final moments of the game, Hird scored on her debut with a wonderful header to make up for an earlier penalty miss and Katie Stanley scored the final goal of the game to make it 20. 

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Despite conceding 20, Town coach Daniel Alogba had nothing but praise for Thompson in the Finney goal.

“Commendable for the ‘keeper. She kept the scoreline how it was, but it could have been more, easily it could have been more, but really well done to them, the staff, the players, towards the end of the game they still kept going.

“It was good for us to keep our fitness levels high, especially with another game next week, so it was a good run out for some of the players who haven’t had minutes in the last couple of games, so it was a good test of maintaining fitness levels and then just keeping that momentum in terms of winning which we have done.”

Huddersfield Town Women’s next game is against AFC Fylde at the Stafflex Arena on Wednesday evening.

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