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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Stockport County

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Development Team take another step closer to finishing the season unbeaten, after a difficult test against Stockport.

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After an emphatic 7-1 win against Bradford on Tuesday, it was a much tighter affair on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena. Town weren’t at their best but still picked up all three points.

The opening stages of the game were competitive with both teams looking to take control of the game. However, it was Town who got the first goal ten minutes in. Cassidy Clift was played through on goal; she took the ball round the goalkeeper and finished confidently into an open net.

The first half continued with fast paced and high-quality play from both sides, with both teams creating good opportunities. Stockport looked to get the score level and the Terriers looking for their second goal.

On the 20th minute it was Town who got the goal to double their lead. Sian Gibrill-Keating  was played through on goal, she turned brilliantly and hit a powerful shot into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. Putting Town 2-0 in front at half-time.

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In the second-half Stockport came out on the front foot, eager to get a goal back and on the 55th minute they did. The ball was played out wide, then passed into box, it was then knocked to the side of the keeper and it was tapped into an open net. It was finished well after a nice move from Stockport, who made it 2-1 and were back in the game.

Stockport continued with the pressure looking to equalise, but they couldn’t break down Town’s strong defence. Town had a chance a few minutes from full-time to make it 3-1, but Laura’s shot hit the crossbar. The game finished 2-1, although The Terriers weren’t at their best, they still managed to pick up all three points.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood and captain Kayley Hird gave their thoughts.

Alan Eastwood said: “They came at us in the second half, they’re a very physical side, but I think from us it was a very typical end of season performance. They’ve given everything today and I can’t really ask for much more”.

Kayley Hird gave her thoughts on the excellent defensive record from Town this season: “It’s a massive achievement every game when we get a clean sheet, I just think we’ve been solid at the back, going back to Carter we’ve got that experience as well, she keeps us settled”.

Town’s final game is against Brighouse, the date of the game is still to be decided. The Terriers just need two more goals to reach an impressive 100 league goals and if they win or draw, they will end the season unbeaten.

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MATCH REPORT: Bradford City 1-7 Huddersfield Town Development Team

By Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team keep up the unbeaten record as they beat Bradford City 7-1 in another brilliant result.

BY RICHARD ASQUITH

The Terriers started the game fast and they wasted no time getting in front, just 10 minutes into the game the deadlock was broken with a goal from Lois Mattock. Falone Sumaili beat the offside trap and then the city ‘keeper, before crossing to Mattock who tapped the ball into an open net to make it 1-0.

On the 30th minute, Sumaili got her second assist of the evening as she passed the ball to Macy Ellis whose powerful shot hit the bar and went in. An unstoppable strike and a brilliant start for Town. 

Then just five minutes later after already getting two assists, Sumaili was on the scoresheet as well. Great play from Leoni Price ran into space and her shot was magnificently saved, but the rebound fell to Sumaili who scored to make it 3-0.

Town then got another goal this time it came from Sian Gibrill-Keating. After a pass from Mattock, Gibrill-Keating’s shot was fired into the back off the net. After a brilliant 45 minutes from Town, they went into the break 4-0 up, continuing their brilliant league form.

BY RICHARD ASQUITH

Town started the second half as they ended the first and in the 48th minute Macy Ellis got her second of the match. The ball was crossed into the box and Ellis was first to react to make it 5-0 to the Terriers.

In the 60th minute Town made it 6-0 with a goal from substitute Laura. After a great cross from Mattock, Laura got her first goal of the match and Town’s sixth. City managed to get a goal back in the 64th minute.

To crown off a good performance Macy Ellis got her hat-trick with her final touch of the game. Her shot flew through the city goalkeepers’ legs and into the back of the net. 

Minutes later the full-time whistle went. It was another goal-filled result from Town who haven’t let their standards drop all season and stay unbeaten in the league.

BY RICHARD ASQUITH

At full-time manager Alan Eastwood wasn’t fully impressed with the performance but happy with the seven goals: “If were not playing well and we’ve scored seven goals that’s a massive positive.

“We want to get to the end of the season unbeaten now and we’ve gone through the motions today, but we really need to pick this up for the last game of the season now.”

Town are now just one game away from finishing the season unbeaten which would be an unbelievable achievement and would cap off a fantastic season. 

Their final game of the season is against Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday. Supporters are welcome to come and see the final game of the season and give the girls a great send off.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 5-0 Chorley Reserves

By Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are crowned Division North Champions after an impressive 5-0 victory over Chorley.

PHOTO: RICHARD ASQUITH

After beating Leeds United 3-0 in midweek Town put themselves within touching distance of becoming champions and today, they mathematically confirmed it.

The opening 10 minutes of the game was an even encounter with both teams having a corner each, looking for that vital opening goal. 

However, it was Town who took the lead on the 15-minute mark with a tidy finish from Sian Gibrill-Keating. Gibrill-Keating won the 1v1 with the goalkeeper, then her powerful shot hit the bar and went in, giving the Terriers an early lead.

The second goal from Town came just five minutes later. Set-piece expert Tara Duce took a corner that flew straight into the back of the net. Catching the Chorley defenders and ‘keeper by surprise and putting Town one step closer to being crowned champions.

Town dominated the reminder of the first half continuing to create chances, with a big opportunity falling to Cassidy Clift just before half time. After great build up play by Town the chance fell to Clift, but her shot was hit just wide. This concluded the first half, with the Terries just 45 minutes away from winning the league.

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The second half started with two early chances from Chorley who were eager to get themselves back in the game. However, some great blocks and tackles from Town denied Chorley of the goal. 

Just moments after some good chances for the visitors, Town took advantage of these missed opportunities and made it three. This time with a goal from Lois Scholefield, another great corner from Town resulted in Scholefield reacting the quickest to get on the end of it and making it 3-0 to the Terriers.

In the 68th minute, Macy Ellis added a fourth for Town. She was played through on goal following a great ball from Molly Ellis, she took the ball round the keeper and tapped it into an open net all but sealing the victory for Town. 

Tempers began to flare and in the 73rd minute the Chorley manager was sent off and then their captain was sent to the sinbin for 10 minutes. 

The fifth and final goal of the afternoon came 10 minutes from time with Macy Ellis grabbing her second of the afternoon. The full-time whistle went which saw celebrations after the Terriers were crowned champions.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood was full of praise for the players: “The girls have thoroughly deserved that today, not just today but all season, they’ve been absolutely phenomenal.

“They’ve trained really hard; they’ve gelled together so well as a team and their efforts on and off the pitch have been phenomenal, I can’t ask anymore from them.

“The next step is to remain unbeaten.”

After a long hard season Town have performed incredibly well and accomplished what they have been aiming to achieve all season. 

They are deservedly champions of the Division North and now aim to finish the season unbeaten which would be an incredible achievement. Town’s next fixture is on Tuesday against Bradford City. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Barnsley vs Huddersfield Town

Town Women in second consecutive cup final

– Town Women face Barnsley on Saturday 30 April 2022
– Two sides meet in Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup Final
– Find out our Players to Watch

Huddersfield Town Women play their second consecutive cup final on Saturday when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster for the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

After beating their Development Team in the semi-final, Town Women make the trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday morning to take on Barnsley in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Town’s run to the final started in the quarter-final. Although, they were supposed to host Sheffield United in the fourth round, the Terriers received a bye to the next round after United had ineligible players in the side. 

Fast forward to the quarter-final and another home time for Town saw a victory against Doncaster Belles at the Stafflex Arena. Laura Elford the goal scorer on the day to secure the win with a narrow victory.

In the semi-final, in a rather unusual turn of events, Town hosted their Development Team and eventually used their experience to find the victory. 

Compared to Barnsley who beat Rotherham United Whitehill Women & Girls 6-nil in the fourth round, Sheffield FC 2-nil in the quarter-final and Oughtibridge WM Women FC First 4-mil in the semi-final. 

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There is some controversy surrounding the tie, with Barnsley disappointed about the scheduling of the fixture. The Tykes were supposed to travel to Newcastle to play the Magpies at St. James Park in what would have been a monumental game, however, that game was rescheduled with the final taking priority.

This doesn’t affect Town however, who will be ready and raring to go at 10:30am on Saturday morning.

Their opposition, Barnsley, currently sit in eighth in the Division One North. Having won eight games and drawn two, they are just above the relegation zoom after 21 games. They have one league game left, the rescheduled Newcastle United game.

Last weekend, Town travelled to Solihull Moors in the League Cup Final. Although the game didn’t end in victory for the Terriers, it was the club’s first ever final and the score line, 3-nil, did not reflect the game. 

The Terriers will be looking to go one step further this weekend with victory against the Tykes.

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Players to Watch 

Jodie Michalaska is the Tykes top goal scorer in all competitions this season. She has scored 12 goals and will be looking at add to that tally. Barnsley player Eve Marshall is also highlighted as one to watch, as her anger directed towards the FA could prove costly if she chooses to react positively on the pitch. 

Town will have Falone Sumaili in their matchday squad on Sunday. The Development Team player was cup tied with our first-team for the County Cup and will be looking to prove herself on the huge platform this weekend. Sumaili has scored 15 goals in 16 games for Town’s Devs team and earned herself a call-up to her national side Burundi. 

She will be looking to add to that tally and score for our first-team just as she did in the semi-final this weekend in their search for silverware.

How to watch 

Fans can support Town in person this weekend when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster. Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JW. 

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £5 for seniors and £1 for under-17s with fans able to buy tickets on the day when there is one cash turnstile open. 

The 10:30am kick off may be an early start, but it is a great opportunity to support the women’s team before the men’s team play Coventry United at 15:00. 

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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Three Town players called up to the English Universities Football Team

Serena Fletcher, Georgia Marshall and loanee Mia Parry have been called up to the English Universities Football Team.

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We are very excited to announce that three Town players have been called up the English University team

Georgia Marshall, from University of Leeds, Serena Fletcher from University of Huddersfield and Mia Parry from Liverpool John Moores ave been called up to represent the University team after studying alongside playing for Town. 

The trio will travel down to Watford today to take part in a friendly, before joining back up with the team at St. James Park.

Serena Fletcher spoke after the announcement yesterday: “It’s an honour to be selected and represent Huddersfield University alongside studying nursing, it’s always a special moment representing your country and I’m excited to meet up with the team today ahead of the game.”

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Mia Parry continued: “I am excited and privileged to have been selected to represent my country for England universities. I can’t wait for this new challenge and to play with some top players in England!” 

Georgia Marshall, who was also called-up, said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the players and I can’t wait to play against some tough opponents. I am overjoyed to be representing the University of Leeds and I’m looking forward to rising to this challenge.”

You can find out everything you need to know about what the trio will get up to on @EngUniSport on Twitter, as well as our social media channels @HTAFCWomen. 

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MATCH REPORT: Leeds United 0-3 Huddersfield Town

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Development Team pick up a massive three points against Leeds United to put them on the brink of winning the league.

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After Chorley were defeated ofer the weekend, Town headed into this game knowing three points would put them in pole position for the title.

However, it was a different challenge for the Terriers who played their first league game under the lights in an evening kick off last night. 

Town started the match quickly however and in the ninth minute the deadlock was broken through a goal from Macy Ellis. Tara Duce played a great lofted ball into the box and Sian Gibrill-Keating’s effort hit the crossbar, but the ball fell perfectly to Macy Ellis who tapped it in at the back post.

The second of the night came as a result of another cross, Duce this time from a corner. The corner was won by Sharone Buckle whose looping header was initially saved by the Leeds ‘keeper, but the rebound fell to Kayley Hird who made it 2-0 to the Terriers on the 32nd minute.

A strong half from Town saw them go into half time with a deserved 2-nil lead after defending well and being in the right place, at the right time. 

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The Terriers started the second half just as they ended the first and in the 61st minute they got their third goal. After having a penalty claim waved away by the referee, Town played on and then a few moments later Gibrill-Keating managed to set up Alice Linsell with some great play. Linsell slotted the ball powerfully into the back of the net to make it three.

In the 78th minute mark, Leeds United almost pulled one back after having a shot hit the bar and then just moments later Laura Carter made a great save from another United effort. 

Town saw the remainder of the game out well to secure another three points and their fifth clean sheet in a row.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “I felt we defended very, very well against a team that were very threatening from set-pieces and all over the park we won our personal battles, which is really, really good.

“We made a couple of changes just to keep the legs fresh, the players that came in today were absolutely fantastic.

“We’ll have a bit of a difficult training session on Thursday, but we will deal with it the exact same we have all season. Until it’s mathematically done we’re certainly not celebrating anything.”

Town’s Development Team are back in action this Sunday against Chorley at the Stafflex Arena with a 2pm kick off. A draw or win would secure Town the title, we need all your support on what should be a monumental day for our up and coming Terriers

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 5-0 Hull City

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town’s Development Team produced a brilliant result on Sunday pushing them above Chorley to top of the table on goal different. 

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Five different scorers and another all-round great team performance from the Terriers who pushed themselves higher up the table. 

The opening 15 was a competitive and fast paced start from both sides. The first big opportunity fell to the visitors who won a freekick on the edge off the box. It was struck well but saved superbly by Laura Carter who tipped the shot onto the crossbar denying Hull of the early lead.

However, Town reacted well from this and just minutes later it was the Terriers who broke the deadlock on the 20-minute mark through a goal from Macy Ellis. Ellis was played through on goal and she slotted it perfectly into the bottom right corner giving Town the lead.

Shortly after Falone Sumaili made a great run into the box and she was pulled down by the Hull defender, giving the chance for the Terriers to double their lead from the spot. Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and calmly scored the penalty giving Town a 2-0 lead at the break.

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Into the second half and Town came out fast and eager to increase the lead. Just five minutes into the second half, Sharone Buckle made it 3-0. A great corner made it all the way to the back post with Buckle on hand to tap it in.

Town continued with intense pressure and just minutes later Cassidy Clift increased the lead further. Another perfectly delivered corner failed to be cleared by Hull. Eventually, the ball bounced in the six-yard box and Clift was the fasted to react to tap it in. 

The final goal was scored by Falone Sumnaili who was played in on goal and a cool finish sealed the victory for Town capping of a great performance from Huddersfield Town Development Team.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “It was a slow start for us again today, but once we had the football down on the floor and started playing, I thought we played really well.

“We have scored from a lot of corners all season, we have been working on them especially in the last few weeks, we’re not the tallest team in the world but when we have set piece players like Alice, Tara and Lois who can put them in those spots, all you have to do is be there.” 

Town’s Development Team are back in action just 48 hours later when they travel to Leeds United. The game will be held at Crofton Community Centre and fans are welcome to come along and support Town.

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MATCH REPORT: Southampton 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Women travelled to Armco Arena, the home of Solihull Moors in the FAWNL League Cup Final.

  • Town Women’s first ever FAWNL League Cup final
  • Town dominant but just fall short against Southern Premier Division Champions 
  • Manager Glen Preston shared his thoughts 
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In a game where anything could happen, Southern Premier Division champions Southampton were favourites. However, Town Women gave as good as they could get and held the Saints for the majority of the half. 

During the opening stages of the game, both teams saw plenty of the ball but everytime the final pass was just short. It was the Saints who had the best chance of the first period, with Ella Pusey’s attempt just wide.

As the half continued, Brittany Sanderson had a huge chance to give Town Women the lead. She beat Kayla Rendell in goal, before Rosie Parnell clears it off the line. It looked to have hit her hand, but the referee awarded a corner. 

At the break, Southampton had the lead however following a tap-in at the back post. A dangerous cross flew into the box and Alisha Ware was on hand at the back post to give her time the lead on the stroke of half-time.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Into the second half and it was still all to play. The biggest chance of the early stages fell to Lucia Kendall when she hit the crossbar. Town were pushing for that equaliser.

The Terriers chances were coming from Kate Mallin as the half played out and each time Molly Mott was on hand for the Saints to keep her out. Elford had a chance with 25 minutes left on the clock but a miss-hit kick went into the ‘keeper. 

Town were pushing for that equaliser and were holding onto possession, with Saints’ attempts coming on the counter. Elford had a great chance to equalise for the Terriers, then on the counter, Lucia Kendall doubled the lead for the hosts. 

Then, with less than six minutes left it felt like gameover when Saints had their third. Kendall scored her second of the afternoon with a firecracker of an attempt from outside the box. 

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At full-time, a disappointed but proud Glen Preston said: “We gave it absolutely everything. We lost to a better team, but for 60 minutes we went toe to toe with them. 

“The players should be absolutely proud of themselves, they put in a monumental effort today, representing the club with everything you would expect, dignity, pride, class, they have been superb.” 

Town Women are back in action on Saturday 30th April when we travel to the home of Doncaster Rovers, the Eco-Power Stadium (formerly Keepmoat Stadium), in the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Fans are welcome to come along to South Yorkshire to support Town against Barnsley, with the game kicking off at 10:30am on Saturday morning. 

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 2-2 Loughborough Lightning

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town and Loughborough play out an end to end 2-2 draw.

  • Late equaliser stuns Terriers
  • Town climb to fourth after consecutive draws
  • Goals from Katie Stanley and Mia Parry
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The points were shared after Town women played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Loughborough in the FAWNL.

The game was fast paced from minute one with early opportunities for both teams, and on the eight minute mark Loughborough had the ball in the net before it was ruled out by the referee.

However, just minutes later it was Town who broke the deadlock with a goal from Katie Stanley. Following a sustained attack the ball was crossed into the box and the quickest to react was Stanley with a great strike on the turn guiding the ball into the bottom corner.

Following the goal Town continued with the pressure and were pushing for a second.

However, in the 30th minute Loughborough were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the box. Bethan Davies produced a magnificent save diving to her right-hand side to prevent an equaliser.

Huddersfield Town Women continued to dominate large parts of the first half with plenty of opportunities. Against the run of play, just before half-time, Loughborough were awarded a second controversial penalty and this time it was converted, putting the sides level at the break.

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In the second half Town Women came out fast and eager to restore their lead, and just three minutes into the half they did just that. A great cross from Brittany Sanderson found Mia Parry, who climbed the highest to get on the end of it and head it down past the Loughborough ‘keeper.

Town were dominant and played well for the majority of the half with a notable shot from Parry going just over the bar, and five minutes from time Town hit the post with another chance to seal the win after the ball failed to be cleared from the six-yard box.

However, it was Loughborough who got the final goal in the 88th minute from a powerful strike which Davies couldn’t do anything about.

Falone Sumaili had a chance in added time with a great effort, but the ‘keeper made an impressive save to deny Town Women all three points.

Huddersfield Women will feel it was 2 points dropped after creating many opportunities, dominating large periods of the game, and conceding late.

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At full-time manager Glen Preston said: “It’s two points dropped. Loughborough play with a lot of heart and they never gave up but I think, ultimately, anyone who has watched that game knows we should have scored four or five goals.

“I think we hit the woodwork three times, to be fair they hit the woodwork too, but overall we paid the price because we hadn’t put the game to bed when we absolutely should have done.”

Next up, Town Women are in League Cup Final action on Sunday 24th April as they take on Southampton at Solihull Moors Stadium. Fans are welcome to head down and show their support.

Follow our social media channels @htafcwomen for updates throughout the week.

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MATCH REPORT: Middlesbrough 0-10 Huddersfield Town Devs

Huddersfield Town’s Development Team travelled to Middlesbrough on Easter weekend in hopes of getting their bank holiday off to a good start. 

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

An egg-cellent day for football as Town’s Development Team travel to North Yorkshire in the sun on Easter Sunday. 

Two goals in the opening quarter of an hour set the Terriers off on a terrific start. Lois Mattock scored the first of the afternoon after a scramble in the box with the ‘keeper but Town came out on top and had the lead. 

Shortly after, Tara Duce doubled Town’s lead following a great chipped ball from Macy Ellis. Captain Kayley Hird was next on the scoresheet when she scored from a corner. Sharone Buckle’s headed attempt was saved off the line before Hird’s header was scored into an open goal. 

The final goal of the half was from the first goal scorer of the afternoon, Mattock. Her second was better than the first after she fired a powerful shot into the centre of the net.

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Town aimed to get the second half off to the same start as the first half ended and that showed when Cassidy Clift had a chance five minutes in, followed by chances for Macy Ellis, Leoni Price and Duce. However, the ‘keeper saved every attempt.

Eventually, Town scored their first of the second half with substitute and under-18s player Mia scoring her first goal for the open age team. She almost got her second less than a minute later. Clift made it six with a brilliant finish not long after. 

It was seven shortly after when Town had a corner that was crossed into the box by Duce. Buckle passed back to Duce to keep the ball alive, with the follow up cross flying straight into the back of the net. 

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Gibrill-Keating scored after being determined to get on the scoresheet and Macy Ellis scored twice to round it off to 10 goals for the game.

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “We continue the exact same way we are now, keep professional, keep training hard and keep our mind on one game at a time. 

“There is no point saying what we are going to do in the next two or three games,  we look forward to next week now and that’s all we do. If we can keep taking that momentum into games, i’m sure it’s going to be a positive end to the season if we continue.” 

Town are in action again on Sunday 24th April when we host east Yorkshire side Hull City. Follow our social media channels @htafcwomendevs for updates throughout the week.

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