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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs host Leeds United in West Yorkshire Derby

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team welcome Leeds United Reserves to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday for a West Yorkshire Derby. 

After scoring seven in their opening two games of the campaign, the Terriers welcome Leeds United to the Stafflex for what is expected to be another entertaining tie.

Last weekend, Town travelled to Chorley Reserves where both sides held their own to earn a well-deserved point, with Falone Sumaili and Sian Gibrill-Keating grabbing Town’s first half goals before Chorley made a comeback in the second half.

However, that second half performance and result will only boost the Terriers on even more as they welcome local rivals on Sunday. This weekend’s opponents hosted their own derby last weekend as they came up against Brighouse Town and after 11 goals were scored, United came out on top.

Last year, in the first game of the season, Town travelled to Crofton Community Centre for a nine-goal thriller. With three goals scored in the final 10 minutes, Town came out on top thanks to goals from Macy Ellis, Cassidy Clift, Gibrill-Keating, Tara Duce and former player Faye Sherrington. With both sides already putting on great performances this season, this weekend is set to be another fiery tie between the two clubs. 

Town will have to be wary of Katie Astle and Mia Moorhouse this weekend however, as both players have scored three goals for United so far in their opening two games. However, the Terriers also have their on-form options up front with Sumaili having scored in every game she has played for Town so far.

Devs manager Alan Eastwood has been speaking ahead of the derby.

“We’re all up for the challenge and, yet again, it will be another tough game. There are no easy games in this league and we’ll have to be at our best to get a positive result.

“We’ve conceded 4 goals already this season and we need to improve on that. It’s down to Steve and I to tighten the players up as a defensive unit, defending from the very front of our line-up right back to our ‘keeper. 

“We’re expecting another tough test and I’m sure they will be looking for revenge after our last encounter. However, we are a different side this season and we need to concentrate on playing to our strengths and not worry about past results or oppositions. 

“After last weeks disappointing second half we have chance to put things right quickly and what better way to do it in than a local derby.”

Fans are welcome down at the Stafflex Arena for this West Yorkshire Derby, where entry is free! 

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MATCH REPORT: Chorley Reserves 2-2 Huddersfield Town Devs

Development Team draw in first away game of the season as they travel to Chorley Reserves.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travelled to Chorley Reserves on Sunday where they played out an entertaining draw for the fans who came along to watch on the cloudy afternoon. 

After a delay to kick off, the game finally had a referee and 10 minutes behind schedule, the game was underway and it was a very strong start for the Terriers.

In the opening stages of the game, Town had three consecutive corners that were well defended before the third corner found Macy Ellis in the box, whose shot was fired into the side netting.

As the first half continued, the Terriers continued piling the pressure on their opponents, and Tara Duce left the ball just outside of the box for Alice Linsell to have a shot, that just was just short of the crossbar.

Just a few moments later, Gaby makes a fantastic cross into the box that hits the head of Falone Sumaili, the Chorley goalkeeper made her first of many excellent saves to keep the shot out. Town won a corner.

After having a number of corners up to now, Duce fired the ball into the box once again and eventually, the ball fell for Sumaili. Sumaili brought the ball down to her feet and had a shot that was fired straight into the back of the net. The striker once again scored for Town to extend her run of scoring in every game she has played for the Terriers.

After the opening goal of the game, Chorley started to find their feet and begun to string a number of passes together. But, it was Town U18 player Alyssa who had the next shot of the game. Sian Gibrill-Keating played a lovely through ball to the youngster, whose shot failed to find the back of the net.

Gibrill-Keating found the back of the net however less than a minute later. Sumaili’s shot was blocked and Gibrill-Keating was the first to react to the loose ball.

As the second half begun, both sides saw plenty of the ball, and half an hour before the end, Chorley scored twice in five minutes. The Terrier’s opposition now levelled the score line and a fiery end of the game was on the cards.

In the final periods of the game, Sumaili had a great shot from just outside the box, her shot well saved and hit onto the crossbar by the Chorley goalkeeper. 

However, it was Chorley who looked more likely to grab the winner after they pressed towards the Town goal. A number of chances for the hosts were just wide of the goal as they looked to complete the comeback. 

The game ended in a draw, with the hosts expected to be the happier of both sides. Town failed to take their chances in the first half and were left to regret that. 

At full-time, newly appointed manager Alan Eastwood touched on the result and performance:

“Of course we are disappointed with a point after such a good start but saying that, I think we could have easily lost it at the end conceding three or four corners in the last few minutes but we defended those well and there is lots of positives to build on.

“I think if we had played as we did maybe in the first hour, it would have been a different story but we have not quite adapted to the way the opposition changed today and that’s the main thing we need to build on next week.”

Another point for Town Devs however this weekend as they begin preparations for back-to-back home games against Leeds United and Sheffield FC in the coming weeks.

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MATCH REPORT: Town Blast Through Boldmere St Michaels in League Cup

Report by Cameron Felton

Seventh heaven for Town as they turn on the style against Boldmere St Michaels in the Women’s National League Cup Determining Round.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Huddersfield Town Women turned on the style as they dispatched National League Division 1 Midlands side Boldmere St Michaels, looking to right the wrongs of last week after the disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Burnley last weekend.
Brooke Marsden and Britt Sanderson grabbing braces, with Ria Montgomery, Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby also finding the back of the net for Steve Appleton’s side.

Town started the first period strong with Marsden coming closest in the opening five with her shot being blocked by the Boldmere defence, but the deadlock was soon broken in the sixth as Montgomery’s amazing run wasn’t dealt with and she put the ball past Daisy Jenkins in the Boldmere goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

11 minutes later Boldmere were on terms after Macy Fox found enough space in Town’s box to finish past Becky Flaherty in the town goal, from then on Town really started piling the pressure on, Sanderson firing just wide from outside the box not long after.

Town retook the lead after 18 minutes, Marsden getting the first of her double after tapping in from close range.
The division one side nearly hit back straight away but their shot fizzed over Flaherty’s goal and Boldmere were made to pay. Five minutes later, Town stretched further in front after a deflected ball forward fell at the feet of Sanderson and she fired into the back of the net for her first of the game.

The half-way mark of the period passed, and Town could’ve extended their lead, Marsden getting on the end of a fantastic cross and forced Boldmere keeper Jenkins into a save, moments later Sowerby nearly snuck one into the far-right top corner, her venomous shot hitting the back of a Boldmere defender and cannoning back off the underside of the bar.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Two minutes later it was Boldmere’s turn to hit the bar, after some brilliant interception play, the ball is played forward and luckily for town bounces off the bar and they’re able to clear any danger.

Still more drama in the 1st period as Town so nearly had a fourth as a bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Boldmere defence and bounces over the ‘keeper but a defender manages to get back and clear off the line.

The second period started just as dramatic as the first finished, Town hitting the bar again after getting round the keeper and getting a shot away and moments later Georgia Marshall comes close with her header.

Sanderson got her second of the game two minutes later as Boldmere hesitated on the ball and a wayward pass fell straight at Sanderson’s feet and she placed it past Jenkins in the visitor’s goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Mallin was straight into the action after coming off the bench as she gets down the line to deliver a brilliant ball into Sowerby, the latter unable to convert from close range. Moments later Mallin extended town’s lead after a brilliant ball over the top is matched with a brilliantly timed run and kept her composure whilst bearing down goal and coolly stroked the ball into the far-left corner, well out the reach of Jenkins outstretched arms.

The action didn’t stop there as town were running rampant and three minutes later made it six as Sowerby’s effort hits the post but rebounds to an acceptant Marsden, who tapped home for Towns sixth and her second.

10 minutes before the end Annie Highway got a goal back for the visitors but Sowerby finally found the net for Town after an afternoon of frustration for the forward. Boldmere giving a freekick away just over 18 yards out, slightly left of centre and the Town forward did no more than smash the ball towards goal and watching her shot cannon off the inside of the post and nestle in the opposite corner without bouncing. An impressive goal to finish and impressive performance off the Terriers and booking their place in the next round of the league cup.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Manager Steve Appleton speaking after the game:

I think on occasions we looked comfortable in the game, but you can’t switch off, Boldmere scored two goals, second ones a really good finish probably not much we could’ve done about that one but the first goals a bit sloppy on our point of view

After last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Burnley, Appleton said his team have been a bit inconsistent but was much happier after this afternoon’s emphatic win in front of the terriers fans at the Stafflex,

“You’ve got to be happy, were in the next round of the cup, we’ve scored seven goals and some of our football was superb and Boldmere came here to cause an upset so we had to be professional with what we did and we know the players reacted in the right way”

Town are next in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 26th September with a 2pm kick-off time here at the Stafflex Arena

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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs Travel to Chorley for Second Game of Season

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Chorley Reserves on Sunday in the second game of their league campaign.

After scoring five in their first game of the season, the Devs travel to Chorley to continue their campaign. This will be their first competitive game away from home this season and their four away games during pre-season have helped the Terriers be well prepared for this weekend’s challenge. 

This week the Terriers announced that Alan Eastwood has taken over the role as Development Team Manager with Steve Winterburn joining the team as a coach. With this weekend set to be their first game in charge, they are ready to kickstart their new role with a win at Chorley.

Prior to Eastwood joining the team as manager, he coached the team as they hosted Liverpool Feds in their opening game of the season alongside Mo Mouelhi. The new boss is well aware of the strengths and minor weaknesses his side have after their opening day victory. 

“It was a good start and scoring five is always satisfying, but we conceded twice straight after scoring. We need to up our concentration levels and ensure any errors like this are eradicated and defend more solidly as a unit. 

“We have worked hard on that this week so I’m looking for a response from the players to take this onto the pitch on Sunday. Although last week was a bit scrappy at times, I was extremely pleased with the teams effort.”

During the week, the Terriers have had two training sessions to build on that performance. Eastwood continued:

“I’m feeling a lot more relaxed now we have had two decent training sessions to put right a few things that we needed to improve on from last week. 

“If we take that into the game on Sunday we are giving ourselves a decent chance of getting a result. But overall I’m buzzing like the rest of the squad who can’t wait to cross that white line again.”

Chorley hosted Brighouse Town in their first game of the campaign, with the game ending a draw, our opponents this weekend will be looking to build on that performance, but Eastwood and his team are up for the challenge.

“Away games are only as tricky as you make them. Our best performance of pre season was away against Leicester who are a very well established side. So its about doing what we do best, just on a different field of grass. 

“I’m sure Chorley will be up for the game and they will be looking to build on their point from last week, so we have to make sure we prepare exactly the same we do for any other game and go out there and give it our all.”

Town will continue their campaign on Sunday at JMO Sports Park in their 2pm kick off, with fans welcome, tickets are priced at £3 for adults and free for U16s. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town kick off Cup at Home

The Women’s National League cup returns for another season as Huddersfield Town Women welcome, Division One Midlands table toppers, Boldmere St Michaels to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Town will be looking to make a winning start in this year’s competition, which returns to the fixture calendar for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. Huddersfield will also want to redeem themselves following their disappointing 4-0 loss away to Burnley last week. Manager Steve Appleton says inconsistency has cost his team so far this season.

“We’ve been inconsistent so far this season but as with any period of transition, we won’t be perfect overnight, although there has been lots of positives so far.”

Sunday’s visitors have made a fantastic start to the season taking 13 points from an available 15. They started the season with an impressive 8-1 victory against Bedworth United and have stayed unbeaten. Despite their lower league status, Appleton has warned his side about being complacent with the lower league opposition:

“Our opponents are in the league below, but they have made a good start to their season, so we need to avoid complacency and treat them with the respect they deserve.”

This will be Town’s first Sunday fixture at home this season with their only other home fixture ending as a draw against local rivals Brighouse Town several Wednesdays ago. Appleton has called out for Terriers fans to back the team this weekend.

“It’ll be good to get back in front of our supporters, I hope we get a good following, and the fans are behind the team after a tough week.”

Kick-off is from 2pm Sunday at the Stafflex Arena, with match updates via Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

Tickets are available on the gate and are priced as follows.
Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Kids: Free

Please note that it is Cash Only at the Stafflex Arena.

Preview by Cameron Felton.

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MATCH REPORT: Devs Score Five in Opening Day Victory

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad score five goals in their first game of the season against Liverpool Feds.

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A great day for our Development Side as they beat Liverpool Feds on the opening day of the season. Town were raring to go, and that was clear within the opening minutes of the game.

As the whistle for kick-off went, Town went straight at Liverpool Feds and their opponents were made to pay straight from the first moments of the game, as a poor back pass gave Macy Ellis a chance to have a shot, and the forward rarely fails to find the back of the net. The Terriers could not have got their league campaign off to a better start.

However, just three minutes later, Town had their lead stolen as the Feds found an early equaliser. Two goals in the opening five minutes were a real indication of how the game would progress, and everyone watching at the Stafflex Arena were not disappointed.

Both sides were pushing for the next goal in the game, with every player on the pitch eager to help their side. Town had a corner that was hit towards goal by summer signing Falone Sumaili, but her header struck the crossbar and the Feds were let off. 

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It was not long before Town got another chance however, as just after the half an hour mark, Macy Ellis found the back of the net for her second goal of the game. Sumaili held up play well, before a lofted pass found Ellis in the box who was on hand to once again find the back of the net. 

Town were all fired up after that goal, and just three minutes after Macy Ellis grabbed her second, Sumaili was brought down in the box and centre half Kayley Hird converted the spot kick to give the Terriers a two-goal lead at the break.

Both sides were pushing for another goal as the second half begun and progressed, and to our delight, it was the Terriers who scored next. Sumaili continued her record of scoring in every match she has played for Town, by scoring from close range after Molly Ellis found the striker in the box. 

However, once again, Town dropped off after scoring and the Feds found a redemption for their four goals conceded, restoring the teams back to within two goals of each, with 25 minutes left on the clock.

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It was not to be for the away side though, as just a few minutes after scoring her first of the afternoon, Sumaili scored again. Great composure from the in-form forward who just can’t stop scoring.

That turned out to be the fifth and final goal of a game that was fiery from the get go. Mo Mouelhi was happy with the victory.

“Overall it has been a fantastic  performance from the team. Everyone  worked hard throughout the game. We dominated  possession and created far more chances. 

“The hard work, the discipline of the players during preseason and training  is paying off. We are all pleased with today’s display and it was a well deserved win.”

Town continue their season at they travel to Chorley on Sunday. 

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MATCH REPORT: Town Lose to Burnley 4-0

Huddersfield Town Women suffered their first loss of the season following a 4-0 thrashing away to Burnley.

It was a day to forget for the Terriers as they went behind within the first minutes of the game, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Goals from Burnley’s Courtney Willis, Nic Worthington, Millie Ravening and Lizzy Hamer made sure Steve Appleton’s side suffered their first league defeat since they played Burnley away last season (2020/21). This result means that Huddersfield stays on 8 points following the first 5 games of the season.

Despite a quick attack following the opening whistle by Lucy Sowerby, it was Burnley who struck the back of the net just a minute and a half into the game. Willis managed to take advantage of a rebound following a good stop by Bethan Davies in goal. The next half hour would see both sides trying to control the game with notable chances including goal-mouth scrambles and shots flying over the bar. Both goalkeepers were kept busy through making confident saves when required. However, Burnley would gain a penalty kick towards the end of the first half – converted by Worthington. 

The second half start mirrored the first with the Terriers finding themselves three goals behind within the opening minutes. Ravening’s shot being fired towards the right post and having a lucky bounce into the back of the net. Just 10 minutes later Burnley officially finished-off the game when they found the net for the fourth time when Hamer beat the offside trap to score against Davies in a 1-on-1. The rest of the half featured Burnley hitting the bar and Town enjoying their first good spells of the game. The full time whistle couldn’t come soon enough.

Following the match, Huddersfield manager Steve Appleton said his side needed to improve:

“Burnley got what they deserved and we got what we deserved – it’s as simple as that. We didn’t play well and Burnley took advantage of every mistake we made. Burnley got three points and they deserved it.”

“I have the mindset that defeats in games happen and although the score line suggests it’s a bad defeat – it would only be a really bad defeat if we don’t learn our lessons from it and move forward. We need to take the lessons we learnt into the next game and put it right. We lost three points but if we learn from it and recover well then maybe this is a blessing in disguise.”

Huddersfield Town Women take a break from league action as they face Boldmere St Michael’s in the league cup next Sunday.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs Begin League campaign at the Stafflex

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team begin their league campaign on Sunday as they host Liverpool Feds at the Stafflex Arena.

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Our Development Team get their FAWNL North Division Reserves League underway on Sunday, and will be hoping to continue improving and building on the success from pre-season.

Last year, the Devs got their season underway away from home, however, on their first game of the year at the Stafflex, a goalless draw saw both sides leave with a share of the spoils. In a rather remarkable deja vu situation, the Terriers host the same team for their first league home game this season as well.

During their five pre-season friendlies, the Terriers were defeated just once, against Harrogate Town. Town scored 20 goals in those games, averaging at four goals a game, with new signing Falone Sumaili scoring just under half of them.

After what has been a successful start to the season, Mo Mouelhi has been reflecting on just how important this start has been to the team.

“Pre-season did help us to work on various aspects of the game mainly tactically and game fitness. We have also improved during  preseason. We will take all of that into the league and we will start strong in every game.

“Falone has offered a different edge to the team and she has been clinical in every game she has played. Although, our goals do come from various players, which is a good sign of the strength in the squad. Sunday’s game will be challenging but we are ready for it.” 

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As well as the great preparations the team have undergone, the Terriers have also boosted their squad by adding a number of U18 players to the team, with many of them getting minutes and playing during the last few weeks. Mouelhi continued:

“I think the current squad is one of the best. We have a lot of U18 players who have showed good adaptability and skills to compete at open age football, as well as the established players who have the experience in the league.”

Mouelhi is ready for the start of the campaign and so are our players, as we aim to kick off the season with success this weekend. 

The Development Team’s campaign gets underway on Sunday at 14:00, with live updates building up to kick off on their twitter @htafcwomendevs.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Burnley Away

Huddersfield Town Women travel away to Burnley for their fifth league game in the FAWNL.

This will be Town’s fourth away game in five as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. However Burnley were the only team to take all three points from Town last season in a 2-1 win. This is something manager Steve Appleton is aware of:

“Whether you win, lose or draw against Burnley, it’s always a tough game, so that’s exactly what we’re preparing for on Sunday.

Burnley are a strong side defensively and can break quickly in possession and we’ll have to play well to get a result, but these are the challenges you look forward to every week at this level and we have to be ready for the best version of Burnley at the weekend.”

The Lancashire side sit 9th in the league on just three points. They opened the season with a 4-0 win against Sheffield FC before a 4-1 loss to Nottingham, a 2-0 loss to Fylde and last week a 2-1 loss to Derby County.

Meanwhile Huddersfield are 5th in the table following two wins and two draws. Manager, Steve commented on this run:

“I think our performances have improved with each game, so we are gaining momentum every week, so the key thing now is to continue to build it.

We’re still settling in to our style of play and the team has changed each week, so it’s still a period of transition really, but that said, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t look for consistency as the season progresses.”

Kick off is from 2pm Sunday, with match updates via Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

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CATCH UP: Town Devs Pre-Season

Huddersfield Town Women Development Team begin their 2021/22 campaign on Sunday as they host Liverpool Feds in the Northern Division Reserves league.

After over a month of preparation, our Development Team are more than ready for the season ahead as they aim to put the covid-fuelled season from last year behind them.

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Pre-season started in the West Midlands for our Development Team as Mo Mouelhi and the team travelled to West Bromwich Albion. A great first game to get minutes back into the players legs after not playing for the last few months. It was success for the Devs after a great cross from Sian Gibrill-Keating found a West Brom defender in the box who hit the ball into the back of her own net.  

As the game continued, Town saw many more chances, with U18 players Laura and Alyssa both getting on the score sheet. In the second half, new summer signing Falone Sumaili scored two debut goals to show her capabilities in front of goal.

With Town continuing their pre-season run, the Devs travelled down the road to South Yorkshire and came up against Barnsley in a Tuesday evening game.

The game got off to a great start for the Terriers, and another fantastic performance from Sumaili as the new signing scored a hat-trick to make it five goals in her first two games. Although Town lead in this game, a late comeback from Barnsley saw the full-time whistle blow and the game end in a draw.  This was another great chance for the players to continue their build for the start of the campaign. 

Just a few days later, on Yorkshire Day, Town travelled to Harrogate Town where an unlucky goal in the early stages of the game saw the Terriers behind for the first time. As the game continued, Sumaili scored again to get Town back in the game, however, this was not enough with Harrogate finding their winner shortly after.

For their next friendly, the Devs were back on home soil and hosting Ossett United for the third meeting since the start of last season, and finally, in a change of fortune, our Development team came out victorious.

Their previous two ties saw 14 goals scored by either side, and this friendly was no different. The Terriers scored four in a six goal thriller, with Sumaili, Zoe Laughton, Tara Duce and Molly Ellis the goalscorers. A real show of resilience as to how much the side have progressed in the last year as they beat their opponents for the first time in three meetings.

PHOTO: KAY SHACKLETON

Town travelled back to the Midlands for their final game of pre-season as they came up against Leicester City at their training ground. Again, another goal fuelled game saw the Devs come out on top after scoring seven.

Macy Ellis scored three, Sumaili grabbed two, Laughton scored again for her second game on the bounce and Gibrill-Keating added another to run riot as the final preparations were well underway for the start of the campaign. 
A real success for Town in pre-season, having come out victorious in three of their five games. New signing Falone Sumaili definitely showing her capability in front of goal for the Terriers scoring in every single game, scoring nine of our 20 goals. 

Town now look to prepare for their first game against Liverpool Feds at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday where fans are welcome to come down and support our Development Team as they push for opening day success. 

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