MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Middlesbrough Reserves

Development Squad get back to winning ways against lacklustre Middlesbrough.

HTWFC vs Middlesbrough - 01-11-20

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Middlesbrough Women’s reserves on Sunday at Middlesbrough College, aiming to end their run of 2 defeats in a row.

The game started slowly with neither team creating many chances, but Town had most of the possession, controlling the ball well – as a result of their work in training. The best chance in the early minutes came from a Macey Ellis ball across the box, but nobody was there to meet it and was gathered up by the ‘Boro keeper.

Then, after 17 minutes, Leoni Price got caught in possession just outside the Town penalty area. It was nicked off her which put the ‘Boro striker 1 on 1 with Lauren Joyce and it was finished into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Town kept possession after the first goal, but still didn’t make many chances, although their opponents hardly saw the ball. The best chance that Town had in this slow and steady period was a Tara Duce cross which was aimed for Molly Ellis, but couldn’t be met.

Town then had a chance 3 minutes from the break when Molly Ellis was put 1 on 1 with the ‘Boro keeper, which ended up being saved.

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Town finally got their first goal, which was deserved after being so dominant. Emma Samways ran the ball wide and cut into the box, shimmied to get a good angle and fired it into the back of the net to make it 1-1 before the break.

The second half started brightly for Town again and 7 minutes after the restart the Terriers got their second with a beautiful move from the two Ellis sisters. Macey started the move with a pass to Molly, which was reversed back to Macey who found the back of the net to make it 2-1 to the Terriers.

Town then could have made it three when Lois Scholefield ran down the wing and passed infield to Macey Ellis who squared it for Tara Duce, but the striker couldn’t control it with her first touch and the ‘Boro keeper was able to gather.

Town weren’t to be denied a third for long, though and this time it came from a set piece. A corner was whipped in by Duce and, after a melee in the box, Kayley Hird struck a deflected shot into the goal to seal the game at 3-1, capping a dominate attacking display from the Terriers.

Lauren Joyce hadn’t had much to do back in her goal, but her time came when a Middlesbrough chance forced her to save not once but twice before ‘Boro put it over the bar to keep it at 3-1

Town could also have had a fourth goal after Emma Samways was played through 1 on 1, but again the ‘Boro keeper was able to save it.

So, Town have their third win under their belt with a dominant display, however it will be a question of time to when we next return, due to the Government’s second lockdown.

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Match Report by : Oliver Holmes


MATCH REPORT – Home to West Bromwich Albion

Town Women Top The Table Thanks To Dramatic Late Win

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Huddersfield Town Women moved clear at the top of the FA WNL league table after a dramatic 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.

The Stafflex Arena has seen more than its fair share of goals already this season and three more from Brittany Sanderson (2) and Laura Elford saw Town record their sixth consecutive victory.

As usual, the hosts started brightly and nearly opened the scoring when Katie Nutter was inches away from connecting with a header, but took the lead inside ten minutes.

Kate Mallin and Beth Stanfield – scorers of the goals in the last home game against Nottingham Forest – played a one-two before the ball fell to Sanderson who smashed the ball into the roof of the net from twenty-five yards.

Town were dominant up until the half hour mark when Mallin beat the offside trap and took the ball around the ‘keeper, but saw her eventual shot blocked on the line.

That seemed to wake West Brom up as the away side ended the half the stronger team and levelled the game from close range when a set piece wasn’t fully cleared.

Bethan Davies made a number of impressive saves in the Town goal before the equaliser and performed well in the second forty-five, too. Goalkeeper coach Luke Haigh was full of praise at full time.

It was a crazy game, one that needed Bethan to have a good match, and she certainly did.

The team fight for each other until the end and that showed again today. The determination and togetherness is very important. I’ll celebrate tonight, it’s a great birthday present!

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A win looked against all the odds when the Baggies went ahead just within the first minute of the second half.

Straight from kick off, the away side attacked down their right flank before a deep cross was met and turned home at the far post.

Town, however, have made a habit of coming from behind this season and immediately hit the front foot. Sarah Danby and Mallin both saw crosses fly just beyond the back post as time ticked away, but the turnaround soon began.

After a chaotic goalmouth scramble ended in the second goal-line clearance of the match, belief may have wavered, but not for Town.

Elford’s runs into the channels caused havoc all afternoon and when she was played through on goal, it looked as though she was going to level it up. Instead of being selfish, however, the striker spotted Sanderson in a better, central position and laid the ball on a plate for the equaliser.

And, no sooner had that gone in, the Terriers were celebrating the winner. The introduction of Lucy Sowerby off the bench gave Elford a partner up front and it instantly paid dividends.

Another flighted ball over the top set Elford away again and this time, instead of playing a pass, Town’s no.10 fired the ball into the bottom corner to send her team top of the table.

The drama wasn’t over yet, though, as Elford then hit a penalty over the bar after Danby was tripped in the area before the visitors almost snatched a point.

A short back pass allowed them one last chance but, luckily for Town, the ball came crashing back off the crossbar and the Terriers held on for arguably the biggest win of the season so far.

Manager Jordan Wimpenny was over the moon to see his side make it six wins in a row.

It’s not easy to come from behind to win a game of football, but we’ve done it again today. We knew it would be hard and we kept going until the very end.

We have a lot of younger players, but have some more experienced ones too and they’ve been playing together for a long time now, so they have even more reason to fight for each other.

It’s nice to be up there at the top of the table, but we know that there’s still an awfully long way to go. If we do have a little break [due to lockdown], then we will make sure that we’re fit physically and mentally for when we next step foot onto the pitch.

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Preview by: Jack Walker


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MATCH REPORT – U13 Juniors – Home to West End Terriers

HTWFC U13’s 9 – 0 West End Terriers

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The U13s were back at the stafflex against West end Terriers. This was a very one sided game from start to finish with Town dominating possession of the ball and we took the lead in the 1st 5 minutes when Evie Franks slotted the ball past the keeper.

Town doubled there lead, this time through Beth Cannon who cut in from the right and neatly slotted the ball past the keeper.

Town added a 3rd before half time when Grace Morrison played a through ball into Evie Franks who scored her 2nd goal of the game.

Half time 3-0

Town continued to control the game in the 2nd half and they managed to notch another 6 goals which came from Beth Cannon x3, Imaan Ali x2 and Imogen Butterworth to seal another fantastic win for the U13s.

Full time 9-0

Player of the match went to Grace Morrison who produced a solid midfield display.

Next week the 13s are back at the stafflex this time Handsworth are the visitors. 

 

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MATCH PREVIEW – Home to West Bromwich Albion

Town Women Aim For Top Spot

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Huddersfield Town Women welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Stafflex Arena this Sunday as they bid for their sixth consecutive victory of the season.

As match day eight approaches, the Terriers lie second in the FA WNL table with only goal difference separating them and Fylde FC at the top. 

Last weekend saw Town overcome a stubborn Sheffield FC side 2-1 in a match that was full of drama.

Despite seeing three efforts cleared off the goal-line, the three points were taken back to West Yorkshire courtesy of Laura Elford’s brace.Manager Jordan Wimpenny was delighted to see his side emerge victorious from yet another close encounter.

We were tested maybe more than we expected against Sheffield, credit to them for that. They fought well and put up a fight but in end the end we were able to pull through and earn the three points.

To fight for each other is vitally important and we know that no team can be taken for granted in this league. To get the win was very important.

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It was the second time that Elford’s goals have directly given Town a win this season – the first being the 2-1 triumph at Hull – and the no.10 hopes to continue her good form against West Brom this weekend.

It was great to get the three points and keep the winning run going against Sheffield. It was a difficult game, so we’ll definitely take lessons from it for [the match against] West Brom.

It’s really important for us to play as a team and not individuals and to work hard and fight for each other. We have such a strong squad and, as we’ve said so many times before you don’t win anything with just eleven players so we are definitely all in this together and share the same goals.

It’s always nice to score, but the ball comes all the way through the team to get to me so it’s definitely a shared effort by everyone and of course the defensive side for stopping out opponents from scoring! I would love for this to continue through season to help the team push on.

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Sunday’s visitors go into the the game off the back of a 2-1 win over Sunderland thanks to Keeley Davies’ last-minute winner and beat Town 3-2 at the back end of last season, so Wimpenny knows that it won’t be a walk over if his side are to take the points.

“West Brom are an organised team so we know that we need to tidy up in possession and be clinical in front of goal. We’ll prepare as best we can and attack the game with the mindset of going for the win.”

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The development squad face league leaders Middlesbrough this Sunday and, after losing 4-3 to Brighouse last time out, manager Lee Briggs wants to see a positive response from his players.

The players are raring to go again this week and want to get another good performance under our belts.

We’ve made a good start to the season and I’m pleased with how we’re playing, so now I want to see us showcase more good football this weekend and bounce back.

After last weekend, I know that all the players really want to win on Sunday and I’m sure that, if we continue to hit the outstanding high standards we have been so far, we’ll come away from the game with a win.

Preview by: Jack Walker

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CLUB NEWS – Ella Harris Departs

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Ella Harris

Huddersfield Town Women can confirm that full back Ella Harris has left the Club.

Harris spent eight years at the club and was a first team regular for a number seasons.

The defender was part of our historic FA Cup run in 2018/19 and will be fondly remembered by Town fans.

Everyone at the Club would like to thank Ella for her years of hard work and dedication and we wish her all the best for the future.

MATCH REPORT – U18 Juniors – Home to Barnsley FC

HTWFC U18’s 4 – 7 Barnsley FC

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Town failed to reach the performance levels shown in recent games as, on this occasion, Barnsley took the honours by cashing in on some poor defending by the home team.

After Barnsley  deservedly went ahead inside fifteen minutes, Town somehow crawled back in to the game with quick fire finishes from Hulme and Valenti.

The visitors then took control with three more goals before the break.

The second half saw little improvement for Town, who found themselves 6-2 down before Harris and player of the match Hulme scored either side of another Barnsley goal.

Despite the disappointing result,  keeper McKie made some fantastic saves to give a semblance of respectability to the scoreline , while the efforts of scorers Valenti and Harris attracted plaudits from the Town supporters.

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MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Brighouse Town

Development Squad Come Unstuck Against Brighouse

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Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad fell to a 4-3 defeat to Brighouse Town Women’s Reserves at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium on Sunday.

After just two minutes, Town were awarded a penalty after Sian Gibril-Keating was brought down in the box. Tara Duce powered the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 inside 3 minutes. 

The game started to get cagey, but Town had most of the chances come their way, but a goal-mouth scramble didn’t fully materialise and ended up as a foul and free-kick to Brighouse.

Then, 20 minutes in, Brighouse took a shot from outside of the box which sailed over keeper Laura Carter’s head and went into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

The game ebbed and flowed with both teams being very sloppy in midfield, unable to find the final pass. Eventually, Town got near the box and it took a shot from Alice Linsell into the top corner to make sure that Town were on the right side of the score-line once more.

And Town had another chance to go ahead before the half was up. Sian Gibril-Keating was one-on-one with the Brighouse keeper, but it ended with a save and Town led 2-1 at the break.

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The second half didn’t inspire much from both teams. Macey Ellis, who was brought on at half-time, had the best chance in what was a scrappy opening – taking a shot at the far post, with the keeper pushing it over for a corner.

Town, however, did then score their third. Macey Ellis received the ball inside the box, the Brighouse keeper came rushing out and Ellis calmly passed the ball between her legs and into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later, the game began to turn when Brighouse scored their second. After a penalty was given after handball in the box and the penalty was slotted into the net, Brighouse regrouped and started to go again.

Town couldn’t keep the Brighouse pressure from their goalband soon Brighouse had another chance, but keeper Laura Carter made a spectacular save to keep Town in the lead.

However, Brighouse’s pressure and momentum soon paid off with a good finish from outside the box beating Laura Carter to level the scores at 3-3.

Then, 5 minutes from time, Brighouse scored the winner.

A free kick was whipped to the far post, met with a header, and Laura Carter couldn’t keep it out.

Town will have to regroup and recover from defeat and prepare to try and get back to winning ways against Middlesbrough next week.

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Match Report by : Oliver Holmes


MATCH REPORT – Away to Sheffield FC

Town Women Battle To Vital Three Points

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Huddersfield Town Women recorded their fifth-straight win in the FA WNL by beating Sheffield FC 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Laura Elford’s first half brace was enough to see the Terriers hold on to a lead that looked to have been cancelled out with a back-post header, but the offside flag was raised instantly.

Town made a lively start to the encounter and took the lead in the ninth minute of the game when Sarah Danby cut inside before being fouled just inside the box. Elford stepped up to the penalty spot and unerringly dispatched the ball into the bottom left corner.

Moments before the scoreline moved to 2-0, the hosts almost had an equaliser. A cracking effort rattled off the inside of the post before the offside flag was raised on the rebound, which was dealt with anyway.

The Terriers then headed straight down the other end and doubled their lead courtesy of Elford’s powerful effort at the near post. Town’s no.10 took the shot first time, leaving Sheffield’s ‘keeper no time to set herself.

Manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with the win.

We made it harder than it maybe should have been, but we have to be pleased with another three points.

We could have been more clinical, but we had three shots cleared off the [goal]line so on another day it could have been another scoreline.

Although the home side pulled a goal back late in the first half, goalkeeper Bethan Davies didn’t have much to do between the sticks – saving the only other testing shot she faced as she got down well to turn a curling effort past the post.

Town went into the game on the back of the sensational 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest and their 2-2 draw at home to Hull City means that the Terriers leapfrog their title challengers in the table. Wimpenny, though, isn’t looking at the standings.

We can’t be looking at the table yet. We also can’t be relying on other teams’ results. We just need to focus on ourselves and doing our job.

Brittany Sanderson had two shots brilliantly cleared off the line during the ninety minutes – one within seconds of the final whistle – and Beth Ibbotson also saw her header kiss the outside of the post from a corner, so the result could have been more comfortable for the travelling Terriers.

The 2-1 win, however, is enough to keep their winning streak rolling and Wimpenny is confident that his side can make it six victories when they welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Stafflex Arena next time out

“We always believe in ourselves going into matches. We’ve kept that momentum going and know that we are capable of being much more clinical and better on the ball than we were against Sheffield. If we do that, I’m sure we’ll get another positive result.”

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Preview by: Jack Walker


POST-MATCH COMMENTS | @JordanWimpenny1 following our 2-1 win against @SFCWomen.

MATCH REPORT – U13 Juniors – Away to Barnsley Ladies

Barnsley Ladies 1 – 5 HTWFC U13’s

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Our U13s made it back to back wins by comfortably beating Barnsley ladies. Town dominated the 1st half playing terrific football from back to front and it wasn’t long before they took the lead through Beth Cannon who found the top corner from outside the area to notch her 1st league goal of the season.

Town continued to threaten and eventually doubled there lead through Lucia Morrison.

Half time 0-2

The 2nd half was a different game as the wind picked up and affected the flow of the game. Town had a few chances to add to there tally but it was Barnsley who scored to make it 2-1.

This seemed to inspire the town girls and from this point they dominated the rest of the game and scored 3 quick goals through Evie Franks, Ava Jones and a Own goal.

Full Time 1-5

Overall a great performance from the girls and a deserved win. Player of the match went to Ava Jones who had a fantastic game in midfield.

Next week we are back at the stafflex against West end.