Town Women host WSL side Manchester United’s u21s at the Stafflex Arena in a mouthwatering friendly on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion next weekend.
The match will be played behind closed doors and will kick off at 12pm in line with the early kick off against Brighton down South on May 16th.
Last weekend, Town travelled to Kellamergh Park to face AFC Fylde Women in a friendly, earning a hard fought 1-1 draw, and the West Yorkshire outfit will be looking to go one step better against a young Manchester United side who they have never previously come up against at home.
The two did, however, meet in pre-season of the 2018/19 campaign and played out a sensational 5-5 draw in Altrincham.
The Terriers’ last competitive game came a last month as they made it to the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, beating Derby County 3-2 at the Stafflex.
Town took the lead in the 15th minute with Derby equalising a minute later, but a star showing from hattrick heroine Laura Elford put the game out of sight. Before Derby got a late consolation.Terriers manager Jordan Wimpenny is in good spirits ahead of the much-anticipated game with Man United
“The match this Sunday will be a good game for us. They are a very good side in which we hope to build on going into the FA Cup tie against Brighton the following week and one we are looking forward to.”
Wimpenny addressed what he is trying to achieve in the pivotal knockout style football of the Cup this season, but also knows his players are well aware of the threats they will be faced with against Manchester United.
“We are now building onto that all important fixture on the 16th and so far the group have been exceptional in what we are asking of them. They are working tirelessly to be as ready as they can for the tie, knowing what test will be coming our way.
This Sunday will be another challenge for us and one we will look to add to our recent performances and finish on a high ready for the Cup. We look forward to welcoming Manchester United’s players this weekend, look forward to the threats they will pose for us as a group and we’ll try to overcome them.”
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad beat FC United of Manchester Women 2-1 at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The match was a tale of two halves, and the first started in a quite attacking manner from Town. Within the first six minutes, two big chances arose. First, Macy Ellis drove into the box and dribbled passed two defenders, but the shot was just dragged wide past the post. Then, a few minutes later, Sian Gibril-Keating held off a defender and found another pass to Ellis who got in a shot from a tight angle, but the keeper covered her near post well and put the ball behind for a corner.
FC United had very few chances, but a long range effort was tipped behind for a corner by ‘keeper Lauren Joyce. The subsequent corner was thumped clear by Kayley Hird, where Ellis was waiting. The ball dropped to her feet and she was one on one with the keeper, but took far too many touches and lost the ball.
The standout feature from Town in the first half an hour was the high press on FC United’s defence and this tactic almost resulted in a goal. The ‘keeper’s clearance was poor and hit the back of Ellis and the ball just travelled wide of the post – sparing FC United’s blushes.
After that, there weren’t many chances for Town, Gibril-Keating was denied by a defender one on one, who made a great tackle. And headers from Tara Duce didn’t really produce much of a threat.
Shortly after, though, the breakthrough came from FC United. A corner, which was whipped into the box and squarely met, beat Joyce and the defenders and ended up nestling in the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the away side. But Town were determined to get the equaliser after dominating the majority of the half and it came five minutes later when Ellis linked up with Cassidy Clift, playing a nice one-two. Clift took a touch to set herself up for the shot which sailed into the bottom left corner to equalise for Town
FC United looked riled up for another goal towards the end of the half when a low ball from out wide was met square from two yards out but, to the delight of Joyce, it hit the top of the crossbar, bounced out and was cleared away. FC United went one-on-one with Joyce again who quite brilliantly stopped the striker from scoring a tap-in to keep the scores level at half time.
Five minutes after the restart, Town were in again once more as Clift slipped a ball through to Ellis who then skipped passed the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net to give herself a well-deserved goal after so many opportunities in the first half.
But for much of the second half, FC United were searching for and equaliser and Town were very much on the defensive – with their defensive unit working overtime to keep out the attackers of FC United. The goal nearly came after the hour when Joyce was caught in no man’s land but, thankfully, the ball ended up in the side netting and Town were still ahead. The game went into a lull after that, with FC United being denied at every opportunity by Town’s excellent defensive work which was rewarded at full time when they held on to win by two goals to one.
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad welcome FC United to the Stafflex Arena this Sunday.
The match kicks off at 2pm as usual, but there will be no live match updates on Twitter because Town are committed to supporting and uniting against Social Media abuse; the Club is therefore boycotting the internet for the weekend.
The Terriers play their fourth home friendly in five weeks this weekend after their season was cancelled earlier this year. The team are in fine form, too, beating two of the three teams they have come up against in recent weeks.
Last time out, Town failed to hold onto the lead against Ossett United’s first team after Tara Duce registered a brace and Abbygayle scored her first goal for the club. Town, however, are back after a week off and ready for the challenge to put things right.
When asked if the team are ready for another challenge this weekend, Devs’ manager Lee Briggs said:
“Yes, personally I believe the team is ready for another good challenge this week, after having last week off.”
Town have gained momentum in recent weeks, beating Bradford City and Durham back-to-back. Briggs is aware of this and is ready to build on that and improve on minor mistakes
“We’ll look to stop silly little lapses in concentration during the game. Also, the group need to be a little bit harder to beat. I’m really happy with the group going forward and our football we play.”
The first team came up against FC United in a preseason friendly, having beaten their opponents 3-0 on the day as a Laura Elford hattrick saw Town win away from home. Briggs continued:
“We [the Devs] have not played FC United before. The first team did in pre season and I had reports of them been a good side.”
This fixture will be a new challenge for the Terriers, but not one they will be afraid of and is set to be another exciting game. With the Devs having scored eight goals in three games post-third lockdown already, they will look to add to that tally this weekend.
The under 11’s completed their group 6 game with another convincing win although, they were made to work very hard for their goals, particularly in the first half against a feisty Scorpions side.
Player of the match Esmay Clarke scored the opening goal in the 1st minute of the game following a nice passing move and good finish.
In the fifth minute Alysia Singh had a good shot saved by the impressive Scorpions keeper but Natalie Ampofo was on hand to tuck the rebound home,Town’s third goal came in the eleventh minute following a slick passing move between Esmay and Harriet Oldfield which resulted in a goal from Izzy Cleverly.Town maintained their dominance for the remainder of the half but good goalkeeping and defending from the Scorpions kept tham at bay.
Half time 0-3.
Town started the second half brightly and soon added to their score line with Harriet winning the ball from a defender and striking a strong finish past the keeper, 0-4.Imogen Ward struck in the 34th minute and that was quickly followed by a second goal from Natalie.
Just a minute later and Esmay had a shot well saved but the rebound looped up and she headed the ball home, 0-7.Natalie completed her hat trick with ten minutes remaining following a good cross from Harriet and then Natalie got her fourth of the game after slotting home a corner from close range.
The final goal came with two minutes remaining when Izzy playing a long crossfield pass to captain Ellie Adams who finished well.
Another excellent overall performance with all nine players contributing to a great display.
Next cup game: 8th May – the under 11’s compete in the knockout stage of the cup.
Town Women beat Derby County to Set Up Brighton Tie in Women’s FA Cup fifth round.
Huddersfield Town Women emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller with Derby County to book their place in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup after a fierce and competitive game.
The Terriers held on for a dramatic 3-2 win at the Stafflex Arena, coming out the other side after positively weathering the storm in the first half against Derby County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon
The hosts started brightly with Lucy Sowerby linking up well with Laura Elford on the right hand side, whilst Derby created chances of their own in the early stages as the contest turned into a midfield battle with both teams searching for the opener.
Laura Elford gave Town the lead in the 15thminute as she was played in down the near side, took the ball down, and finished at the second time of asking. Although the hosts went in front, Derby equalised just one minute later and the Rams continued to threaten, smashing the right hand post 8 minutes later.
With the two teams level at the break, it all came down to the second forty-five minutes and, just like in the previous round, Town’s substitutions worked a treat as Kate Mallin emerged from the substitutes’ bench to claim two assists.
In the 72ndminute, the winger whipped in a corner which was bundled over the line by Elford before the same combination saw the prolific striker completed her hattrick just four minutes later – rising high to once again head the ball in.
The two goals in quick succession secured victory and, although there was a late scare as Derby pulled a goal back seven minutes before full time. Town now travel to Brighton away in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on May 16th.
Manager Jordan Wimpenny admitted it was a nice feeling to win the contest in the way the team did.
“It’s always a nice feeling to win a game and to progress to the next round is great. I feel the team deserve that after this performance.”
Debutant Paige Crossman was also very satisfied with her afternoon’s work.
“We had to be quite tight in areas. I had to stay back and sit a lot more than I normally would. You’ve got to do what is right for the team. I think in my legs I knew I had it in my head that I will be fine physically. Just getting 90 minutes out the way, psychologically it’s a big thing. I feel we had quite a lot of space outside wide.”
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Ossett United Women’s first team on Sunday afternoon at the Stafflex Arena.
Town went into the game on the back of two straight wins, but the last time Town faced Ossett was in a friendly last year, which they lost 5-0. Since then, however, Town have made giant steps in their performances and this game was testament to that.
Two minutes in, Town immediately set the ball rolling when Tara Duce headed a ball onto Sian Gibril-Keating who made a run into the box and slid the ball to the far post where young player Abbygale fired it in to the goal to give Town the lead
Little opportunities came the way for Town in the minutes that followed quickly after, only a few shots off target were amassed. Ossett United hardly broke into Town’s half but near the half-hour mark, a melee of chances came and went for Ossett.
The first shot looked like an easy tap into the goal if it wasn’t for Lois Scholefield making and crucial block and Laura Carter made a superb save in goal on the rebound to keep Ossett at bay before the ball was eventually hit over the bar.
The chances then started to open up for both teams and it wasn’t long before Duce attempted a shot from outside the box, curling towards the far corner. The ball hit the under-side of the crossbar and bounced suggestively, before the ‘keeper caught it. The referee had to wait a few seconds before he finally decided the ball had crossed the line and Town extended their lead.
Then, within a matter of minutes, Ossett pulled one back from a short corner which was headed in at the near post. And no sooner had Ossett pulled one back, they equalised through a free kick that was tipped onto the bar by Carter, but the rebound was knocked in.
However, Town were determined to go in at half time in the lead and responded magnificently through Duce again, this time from a lovely though ball from Gibril-Keating. Duce who slotted it passed the keeper one on one and Town went into half-time 3-2 up.
The second half started fast paced and Ossett looked to equalise with a one on one with Carter, but the veteran shot-stopper tipped the ball out for a corner.
Town nearly extend their lead to two again. Another ball through from Gibril-Keating was put over the bar by Leoni Price and Scholefield had another chance to extend, but her curling shot from a wide angle didn’t bend enough and went just wide.
On the hour mark, Ossett equalised with a good finish in the box. The striker cut inside, made space for herself and shot the ball passed Carter into the far corner to make it 3-3.
The game then went into a rare lull, with neither team making any opportunities until an outrageous hat-trick effort from Duce. Out wide and from 35 yards out, Duce took a looping effort that dipped at the last moment to beat the ‘keeper. Had it not been for the bar, Town would have retaken the lead.
But it wasn’t to be and ten minutes from time, Ossett fired a shot in the box passed Town defenders, which made its way beyond Carter in goal to give Ossett the lead for the first time – and also the win.A disappointing defeat for Town, but a much improved team from a year ago.
The under 11’s secured their place in the next group stage of the league cup with another impressive performance against a determined Bessacarr Belles team.
Town scored at regular intervals throughout the game. Player of the match Natalie Ampofo opened the scoring after 6 minutes with a neat finish and she played the entire game in the mood that she started, winning tackles, precision passing and calmness in defence.
The rest of the team were also in fine form and put up one of the best performances of the season with some excellent link up play, passing and finishing in front of goal.
Other first half scorers were Izzy Cleverly (1), Esmay Clarke (2) and Imogen Ward (2), with the half time score 6-0.
The second half continued in a similar manner with Ellie Adams (2), Harriet Oldfield (2), another goal from Natalie and a third from Esmay to complete her hat trick.
Goal of the day came from Alysia Singh, who hit a screamer from distance into the top corner of the net.
Full time 12-0
Next cup game: 24th April – the under 11’s complete their group games with a trip to Scawthorpe Scorpions Orange
Huddersfield Town Women welcome Derby County to the Stafflex Arena in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The match kicks off at 2pm and can be watched live for free on the Club’s ‘HTWTV’ YouTube channel from 1:55pm.
The Terriers made it to the fourth round after a penalty shootout win over local rivals Brighouse Town Women last weekend. Having fallen behind early on and trailing at half time, Town came back fighting as Brittany Sanderson netted an equaliser before Bethan Davies and Katie Nutter became penalty heroines.Despite a sub-par performance, manager Jordan Wimpenny was pleased with the desire shown by his team, but knows they will have to do better to beat Derby
“Brighouse gave us a tough game at the weekend and we were fortunate to make it through We have players who can make in impact off the bench and everyone plays their part. Derby will be our toughest match of the season with the form they’re in.
We have to manage injuries and knocks, we’re hoping to have everyone fit for the weekend.”
When asked what threats the Rams will pose on Sunday, Wimpenny was in defiant mood.
“As we always do, we’ve tried to find out as much as possible about our opposition. We haven’t played them [Derby] yet this season, so I’m excited to see how we fare against a new opposition. We haven’t played them in the league and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Having ended the FA WNL season top of the table, Wimpenny has been full of praise for his squad, and also believes that playing at home will help them in their bid to progress to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup.
“Reflecting on the season, we’ve had a lot of home games and it’s something that has been good for us. The fact that we have another FA Cup tie at home is great for us. It’s somewhere we’ve had a lot of success at and hopefully that will continue against Derby on Sunday.”
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Bradford City women first team on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena after winning their first game in five months last week.
The game was cagey in the first 15 minutes, with neither side creating clear-cut opportunities and most of the action being played in midfield. Bradford had the only chance of the opening minutes as a header from a corner was pushed away by Lauren Joyce in goal.
With half an hour gone, Town produced their first opportunity when Tara Duce dragged the ball wide from outside the box after good defensive actions from both sides.
Bradford then had another chance, breaking through Town’s defensive line, but Joyce came out and safely gathered the ball to make sure that the game finished 0-0 at the break.
The second half started brightly with both teams looking reenergised and hungry for a goal and It wasn’t long before Town got the opener. Cassidy Clift from the edge of the box with a shot-come-cross to the far post, where Macy Ellis gladly tapped in after her many chances last week.
However, straight from the kick off, Bradford hit back. Their strikers combined to chip one over Joyce, before the other finished it into the roof of the net and Town’s lead only lasted a minute before it was all-square again.
Town still battled to reclaim the lead and they almost did with a goalmouth scramble. Three shots were fired at the Bradford goal but were all blocked and kept out by the Bradford defence before the ball was cleared up field.
The game looked to have hit a roadblock, again with the battle largely in midfield, and neither team breaking defensive lines to create any opportunities.
However, young Lois Mattock got Town’s lead back after a misplaced pass by the Bradford defence in the box led to Lois creating space for herself and finishing smartly in the bottom corner for her first goal for the club.
It was almost déjà vu shortly after, with Braford attacking the Town defence straight after the restart. After the striker squared the ball past Joyce in goal, it looked like it would be back to all square until the heroics of Emily Cahill, who slid to make a goal-line clearance as the ball went out for a corner.
Bradford threatened in the final minutes of the game with two free kicks which were comfortably saved by Joyce, but it was Town who took all the spoils when the final whistle blew.Town will be in action again at the Stafflex next week against Ossett United on Sunday in another behind closed doors fixture.
Huddersfield Town Women survive FA Cup scare to beat Brighouse.
Katie Nutter scored the winning spot kick Huddersfield Town Women came from behind to beat Brighouse Town Women 5-3 on penalties and progress to the 4th round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.
With the teams level at 1-1 after normal time, the extra thirty minutes produced few chances, with strikes from Serena Fletcher and Sarah Danby the closest Huddersfield came to a winner.
Having beaten Newcastle 3-0 after extra time in the previous round just seven days earlier, Brighouse started the better of the two sides and took the lead through Amy Woodruff’s penalty when ex-Terrier Ellie White was fouled in the area after a contest for the rebound of Drew Greene’s effort which came back off the bar.
The Terriers, though, had also played a full two hours in the second round against Liverpool Feds, triumphing 3-2, and the FA WNL table-toppers equalised against their West Yorkshire rivals early in the second half.
Kate Mallin was forced off through injury at half time, so was replaced by Lucy Sowerby and the Terriers’ top scorer in the 2019/20 season had an immediate impact as she brought fresh energy and enthusiasm off the bench and created the leveler, whipping in a fizzed, left-footed cross and Brittany Sanderson was on hand to smash the ball home at the far post – sending her first-time effort back across the ‘keeper and into the far corner of the net.
From then on, the tie was very tight with neither group of players able to fashion further clear-cut chances. Despite not being at the races, assistant manager Marcus Wilkinson praised Huddersfield’s resilience and determination.
“It was a difficult game and we had a few players get injured after such a long break, but our team spirit was brilliant and we can now get ready to face Derby in the next round.
We weren’t at our best, but we kept at it and I was always confident that we would win the shootout.”
Bethan Davies saved Brighouse’s fourth spot kick and memories of the historic Cup run of 2018/19 entered the mind when Huddersfield scored all five of their penalties and, just like in that famous win against Charlton in 2018/19, Nutter dispatched the winning penalty to send her teammates into raptures.
Due to the league season being cancelled, Town haven’t played round four Derby in 2020/21, but know it will be another tough match up. Wilkinson stated that they cannot afford to look beyond the fourth round
“We have to take each game as it comes. Derby beat West Brom 4-1 and we beat them 3-2, so we know it will be tough. Derby were third in the league and we will prepare and be ready for them. We want to go as far as we can in the competition and end the season well.”
Preview by: Jack Walker
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