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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 PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Stockport County Reserves

Huddersfield Town Women Devs play Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game of the season.

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Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. The Terriers host Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game, while still waiting for confirmation on when the rescheduled home tie against Brighouse will be.

Last time out was at the Stockport Sports Village. Town Women Devs scored within the first 10 minutes as Falone Sumaili found the back of the Hatters net. Sumaili nearly doubled her tally on the half hour mark, but the Hatters defender forced the shot wide.

The game finished after Sumaili scored her hat-trick and Sian Gibrill-Keating had a brace. The clubs met a week later, at the Stafflex Arena this time, in the determining round of the League Cup. Town were victorious in this game as well.

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Players to watch

Lois Scholefield has had a great last couple of games, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on. However, the whole team, who are playing their last scheduled home game of the season are our ones to watch, after working incredibly hard the whole season.

Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“It’s been an incredible season and our last goal as a team is to try and remain unbeaten. 15 league wins on the bounce and becoming league champions takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The squad have given us everything, but we have to stay focused and play the same way we have for 75% of the season, if we want to achieve our next goal. Hopefully the players are up for it and will end the season on a high.”

On Laura Carter:

“She has been an incredible servant to the club and for the devs this year she has lead by example, been supportive of this young team and played a huge part in us winning the title. I’d like to thank her for everything she has done for the club, she will be sadly missed. I’m sure the girls will give her the send off she deserves.”

Huddersfield Town Devs face Stockport County Reserves at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off is at 14:00 on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 PREVIEW: Bradford City Reserves v Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs travel to local rivals Bradford City in what will be their final away game of the campaign.

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Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. They travel the short distance to play Bradford City reserves. City are ninth in the table, having won four of the 19 matches they played.  

Last time out was at the Stafflex arena. Town Women Devs started the game well, and within the first 15 minutes had the lead, through who else, but Sian Gibrill-Keating. The Terriers leading goal scorer found the back of the net to give them the lead.

Molly Ellis doubled Town Women’s lead before set piece specialist Tara Duce stepped up, and well, she just never misses from a set piece.

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Two minutes into the second half, and City finally found the back of the Town net, they were looking to mount a comeback however goals from Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell secured the three points.

Although now crowned champions, the Terriers will not be taking the game for granted. Aiming to finish the season unbeaten, they will still be taking each game as it comes, and each one as seriously as the last.

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Players to watch

Macy Ellis scored a brace against Chorley, and four goals in April. Ellis will be looking to end the season on a high with more goals, and with the pressure off and her shooting boots on, she can score for fun.

Asked about remaining unbeaten to the end of the season Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We do exactly the same, we keep the legs fresh, keep rotating the squad. We make sure that everyone that has been involved, is involved in the last three games as well. It’s more about enjoying this moment right now but staying professional, as the next step is to remain unbeaten.

On being league champions:

“It’s absolutely amazing, the girls have thorougly deserved that. All season they have been absolutely phenominal, done everything we have asked them to do, I think that is six or seven clean sheets on the bounce, scoring good goals as well from all over the pitch. To go against 2nd in the league and win 5-0 at home is fantastic.”

Huddersfield Town Devs travel to Bradford City Reserves and play at Rawdon Meadows. Kick off is at 18:45 on Tuesday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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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.

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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: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS VS CHORLEY WOMEN

Huddersfield Town Women Devs face an important top of the table clash against title rivals Chorley Women.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. Having won 14 of their 16 matches and are riding high in the table. Their opponents this weekend are Chorley Women. The Lancastrian side have played three more games than Town, and until the Terriers defeated Leeds United were top of the league. 

If the Terriers beat or draw against Chorley, the title will be heading to West Yorkshire and Huddersfield Town.

The teams have already met twice this season. Once in the reverse fixture at Chorley, and the other was in the quarter final of the League Cup.

The away fixture saw both sides share the points as they split four goals between them. However, last time out in the League Cup was a more thrilling match. Town Devs took the lead in the first quarter of the first half when Sian Gibrill-Keating netted from a super cross from Lois Mattock. 

Chorley kept pressing for the equaliser, and levelled the score on the half hour mark. The second half proved vital, and both sides were looking to score to avoid extra time and penalties.

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Fresh legs were brought on by both sides as Town Devs and Chorley Women looked for the killer blow, and it was Chorley that struck what they thought was the winning goal to move through in the Cup. However, Town Women Devs were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area in the dying minutes of the game. Tara Duce stepped up and the ball flew into the back of the net to level up the match.

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With everything on the line, and Huddersfield Town Women Devs now level, stoppage time arrived. Less than a minute after the restart Alice Linsell scored a screamer of a goal from a Town free kick on the half way line. The free kick was cleared by a defender, but only as far as Linsell, who didn’t hesitate and sent Town Women Devs through to the semi final of the cup.

Players to watch

Midfielder Tara Duce works her socks off for the team, and this weekend will be no different. Duce loves set pieces, and will be ready to step up should the Terriers be awarded any in this top of the table clash.

Top goal scorer Sian Gibrill-Keating has to be mentioned again, her record speaks for itself this season. Scoring in practically every game she has played the striker will certainly want to end the season on a high with more goals.

If Chorley beat Town Devs on Sunday, goal difference still comes into the equation. The Devs have the better goal difference, so unless Chorley put over 30 goals into the back of the Town net, it’s unlikely to change the league positions.

Speaking about league position, Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We certainly won’t be taking our foot off the gas until the very last whistle of the season has been blown. We’ll be playing with intent, the same way we have all season and look to carry on our positive momentum.

On this weeks opposition:

We know that Chorley are a very good side, with dangerous players who can hurt us, if we are not on our game. It’s all about being solid as a defensive unit and clinical up top when the chances come. This is what has got us into this position in the league. Hopefully we can get over the line on Sunday and I know the players are up for it, and extremely keen to get on the pitch

Huddersfield Town Devs welcome Chorley Women Reserves to the Stafflex Arena for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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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 PREVIEW: Leeds United Reserves VS Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip to West Yorkshire for a derby against Leeds United. 

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On Tuesday, Huddersfield Town Women Development Team travel to Leeds United to see if they can continue their unbeaten run this season. The hosts are also on a current unbeaten streak, with their last defeat coming back in March.

Top of the League Town travel the short distance to their local rivals. Last time out the match ended all square with both teams earning a point.

Town started well in the first half with Macy Ellis scoring in the opening minute of the game, with Tara Duce scoring to make it two to Town. However a late fight back from United made the game all square at full-time.

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The Terriers will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the table, by beating rivals Leeds United Reserves. Town Women Devs have four games in hand on Chorley, but are level on points, however, Town have a better goal difference.

A victory against the Whites will extend the lead at the top, with the season coming to a close, Town Devs will be looking to finish at the top of the table to cap a brilliant unbeaten season.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We were fantastic as a team last week, we have come so far as a solid unit. We need to be doing it consistently now until the end of the season, if we keep applying the positives to each game then we should be in for a great finish.”

On the team as a whole:

Goals from all areas of the pitch, and a solid defensive set up from the front to the back, is what has got us to where we are in the table. It’s great not having to rely on one or two players for goals.

The strength in depth, energy and attitude of those coming on as subsitutes in the games is fantastic. We just need this from them for the remaining games, and the players know they have to be ready for the vital games ahead.

Players to Watch

Sian Gibrill-Keating has an impressive record this season, scoring in almost every game she has played in. Town Women’s top scorer will be looking to add to her tally against local rivals.

Tara Duce loves scoring against Leeds, as with the last game against the Whites the midfielder will be looking to get the ball in the back of the net again.

Huddersfield Town Devs face Leeds United Women Reserves at Crofton Community Centre at 19.45 kick off on Tuesday 26th April, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Hull City Reserves

• Town Women welcome East Yorkshire side
•  Huddersfield Town Women Devs edging up the table

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Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team host Hull City Reserves for reverse fixture following their victory against the same side just three weeks ago.

Last time out, the Devs travelled to Middlesbrough reserves. Boro struggled against the high flying Terriers, who enjoyed a goal fest at the Herlingshaw Centre.

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FAWNL Reserves Northern Division, having played 14 matches, winning 12 and drawing two.

The Terriers still have four games in hand on Chorley who are at the top of the league, only three points behind the leaders.

Town will be looking to continue their great league form on Sunday and try to get closer to Chorley who are closer to the end of their campaign.

The visitors are Hull City Reserves. The East Yorkshire side have played one more game than Chorley, and are currently ninth in the table.

City have won four of their 19 games, losing 14 with one drawn. The Tigresses sit third from bottom and have played the most games of all teams in the league.

Hull City women had a very close game against Middlesbrough themselves recently. The East Yorkshire side went 2-0 down, but pushed hard and scored a consulation goal.

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Hull will be desperate to earn a win. The hosts last won a league game in January, against bottom of the table Barnsley.

The only other point that Hull City have achieved was in a draw against Stockport County.

Last time Out

The Terriers dominated the Tigresses at Haworth Park, although the pitch was not the easiest to play on. Uneven surfaces meant the game didn’t really get going at first. However, Town were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, and Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and sent their ‘keeper the wrong way. Tara Duce and Lois Mattock ensured that Town headed into the break well up.

Steve Winterburn commented on the last fixture against the East Yorkshire side

Last time out at Hull we approached the game in the same manner, but we were met with a couple of unexpected issues, which we coped with well.

One being a very dry, uneven and bobbly pitch. The other being a very enthusiastic and quite physically strong oppostition. To be honest, on reflection I have to say I am shocked by their league position. I really thought they gave us a good game, which we had to adapt to quickly and knuckle down in, despite the scoreline.

Players to watch

Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are both the ones to watch in this match. Hird and Buckle are a centre half duo who have been instrumental in recent Town Women performances and have not conceded in the league in over a month.

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Winterburn continued: “Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Sunday against Hull but we are well aware that all our remaining matches will not be easy as now we have put ourselves into a good position, others around us will be trying that little bit harder to derail us but we have prepared well as we have been doing all season.”

Huddersfield Town devs are riding high in the table, and will want to build on the team spirit, togetherness and confidence. However, now is not the time to become blasé. Losing concentration or taking the win for granted can be the downfall.

Kick off is Sunday 24th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. 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 @HTAFCWomendevs 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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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. 

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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.

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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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