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MATCH REPORT: Town Devs 5-1 Stockport County

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are through to the next round of the League Cup after beating Stockport County on Sunday.

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The Terriers hosted Stockport County on Sunday as both teams took part in the same fixture for the second week in a row, albeit in two different competitions however much like last weekend, the game was filled with great play from both sides that was ultimately won in the final ten minutes of the game.

This weekend Town kicked off in the determining round of the League Cup, successfully and comfortably progressing  to the next round, with manager Alan Eastwood making two changes to the side who defeated County just one week earlier.

The game started and as it progressed, both sides were looking for an opener, and just over ten minutes into the game, Falone Sumaili had the perfect opportunity to take the lead with her headed effort that was just high of the crossbar. Before five minutes later, County had a great chance that was just wide. 

However, on the half an hour mark, Town were dealt with a massive blow as captain Kayley Hird went down injured, Sian Gibrill-Keating came on in replace of the defender. 

Last weekend, Gibrill-Keating scored a brace for the Terriers, so it was a great chance for her to score against County for the second week in a row and just ten minutes after coming onto the field, she did just that! There was some great play from the substitute to beat the defenders and the goalkeeper to break the deadlock. However, as the half-time whistle was moments away, Town conceded and County earned themselves an equaliser just before the break.

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At the start of the second half, Stockport were pushing forward to take the lead and a few good chances kept Laura Carter busy in goal, but every attempt was just short of the target. However, it was Tara Duce who found the breakthrough when she scored a wonderful free kick 15 minutes into the second half. September’s goal of the month winner once again scoring an incredible goal for Town.

As the game progressed and neared the end, Sumaili scored after beating the goalkeeper to make a simple pass into the back of the net. This was Town’s third goal of the game and the forward extended her run of scoring in every game she has started for the Terriers.

But that did not stop County, who continued and pushed to find another goal, but it was just too much for their young squad as moments before full-time Town scored two in a minute and a half. First, Cassidy Clift scored on her first appearance this season after a great shot on her left foot, before Duce finished the scoring with an almost replica of her earlier free kick.

A great performance from Town to send them to the next round of the cup. But, ten goals scored in two games is a great record that the Terriers will look to build on in their cup and league competitions for the rest of the season. 

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At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood spoke on the result:

“There was a few frustrations at half time, I think we knew that we weren’t quite on the ball but, again, I think it is quite hard when you come away from a decent win against the team the week before because it could be in your head that it is going to be possibly easier than what you think it is going to be.

“Cass (Clift) has scored today in a position that is not natural. We pushed her out wide onto the right hand side, she cut inside and scored with her left foot, it was a great finish and i’m very pleased for her as well.”

The Terriers oppositions player of the match was Tara Duce. Town take on Barnsley away in their next league game and will look to build on their performances from the last few weeks.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Devs vs Stockport County

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team get their League Cup campaign underway on Sunday as they host Stockport County in the determining round.

The Terriers play host to Stockport after they travelled to Greater Manchester last weekend in the league. After a massive victory, Town will play the same team for the second week running, and although this game is in a different competition, the same level of quality is expected from both sides.

Last season, Town did not compete in the cup after their season was disrupted by the pandemic and this season they will be looking to get one step further than they did in the 2019/20 season. 

Making it all the way to the semi-final, Town beat Blackburn Rovers and Durham before eventually being knocked out by Nottingham Forest. Town fell just short of the mark after making it all the way to penalties, before Forest booked their place in the final.

This weekend’s opponents, Stockport County, hosted Town last weekend in the Northern Reserves Division and it was the Terriers who came out on top. A hattrick from Falone Sumaili and a brace from Sian Gibrill-Keating secured all three points.

But as the team face the same opponents for the second week running, manager Alan Eastwood is aware of the challenges that come with that.

“It is always difficult playing the same side twice in a week as it will be fresh in the oppositions minds on how we play. We have to try and counteract that now and come up with a plan to make us less predictable to try and catch them out.

“The main thing last week was the clean sheet and we have to start priding ourselves on not conceding. If we can do the same again this week and be on form in front of goal as well then we progress to the next round, however, we must show the same work ethic and have the right mindset again to ensure that happens. 

“Its absolutely no different from a league game and we will be fielding a team we think are capable of getting the best performance from the team. 

“There’s a huge difference in saying you want to win something and showing you want to win something. Actions speak a thousand times louder than words so we have to prepare well, work hard and carry on the momentum we are creating at the minute. We’ll take it one game at a time and see what happens.”

Town host Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday with a kick-off time of 14:00. Fans are welcome to attend to the game free of charge with live updates match updates throughout the day at @HTAFCWomenDevs on Instagram and Twitter. 

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MATCH REPORT: Stockport County 0-5 Huddersfield Town Devs

Another five star performance for our Development Team as they put five past Stockport County in Reserves Division North.

Alan Eastwood and his side travelled to Stockport County on a rainy Sunday and headed back to Huddersfield with three points. Eastwood made three changes to the side who drew against Leeds United two weeks ago, and the changes paid off.

Just over 10 minutes into the game, Falone Sumaili scored after some brilliant movement and passing from Town. Sumaili has scored in every game she has started for the Terriers and she extended her excellent run with another goal inside the opening quarter.

As the half continued, Town pushed for a second, but with an offside and some great goalkeeping the score was held to a one goal margin for the majority of the half. On the half an hour mark, Sumaili had a great chance to add to her tally, but the defender did enough to force the forward’s shot wide.

However, County could not stop her for much longer as Sumaili bagged another goal on the stroke of half-time. For much of the second half, the game was fairly steady with both sides pushing for the next goal and Town not wanting to let a goal in after conceding late in their previous two games.

Six minutes from the end, Sumaili completed her hat-trick. Another fantastic performance from the summer signing. Less than a minute after Sumaili scored, Sian Gibrill-Keating drove the ball forward and following some great work on the ball, passed the ball into the back of the net. But with five minutes to go, the game was not over.

With one minute of normal time still on the clock, Gibrill-Keating secured a five minute brace after a corner was crossed in by Tara Duce and the winger was on hand to find the back of the net. 

A clean sheet for Laura Carter on her first game of the season and five goals to start another month of football off. 

Devs manager Alan Eastwood spoke on how much the team have improved at full-time. 

“I think the last 20 minutes shows how far we have come in training over the last three weeks.

“It was an excellent effort, a couple of weeks ago we might have gone on to concede at the end, but instead we went on to score three goals” 

Town now look to this Sunday when we get our league cup campaign underway. The Terriers host Stockport County and after last weekend’s five star performance, we will be full of confidence heading into the tie.

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MATCH REPORT: Town return to winning ways against Stoke City

Match report by Johnathan Stack

Huddersfield Town Women got their first league win in over a month this Sunday as they beat Stoke City 5-1 in front of the Huddersfield faithful at the Stafflex Arena.

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Huddersfield Town Women move up to sixth in the league following an emphatic 5-1 win over Stoke City Women in a dominant display by the terriers at home. Two goals from Kate Mallin, two goals from Brittany Sanderson and a goal from Serena Fletcher were the difference that secured the three points.

Mallin opened the scoring on 12 minutes as she received the ball from Sanderson’s chip shot that rebounded off the bar. Ten minutes later in the 22nd minute, Sanderson would get her first of the game, and sixth of the season, as the ball was crossed in from the left-wing with her header going past the Stoke goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

But The Terriers were not done there – in what was a commanding first-half performance. Just after the half-hour mark Sanderson bagged her second of the game, as she latched onto the end of a pass by Beth Ibbotson in front of goal to make it 3-0. However, Stoke City pulled a goal back in the 36th minute when Nuala Miszkiel scored from a rebounded shot after Bethan Davies made a great save.

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It was more of the same from the terriers in the second half as their control on the game continued. A couple of mistakes at the back from the Stoke defence allowed Huddersfield Town Women to grab a fourth goal of the afternoon. A great run by Katie Stanley had Stoke at sixes and sevens at the back allowing her ball across the box to be netted by Fletcher – her first goal of the season.

Mallin then grabbed her second of the game, town’s fifth, as she got onto a ball played over the top of the Stoke defence by Fletcher. She sidestepped the approaching Stoke goalkeeper (Elizabeth Craven) to make it 5-1.

Sanderson almost bagged herself a hat-trick and the terriers sixth however after doing all the hard work she saw her effort cannon back off the bar, with Mallin shooting wide from the rebound. It finished Huddersfield Town Women 5-1 Stoke City Women.

A delighted terriers manager Steve Appleton was pleased with the performance:

“We had a gameplan and for 90 minutes we stuck to it, we made life difficult for Stoke and to be fair it could have been a lot more”.

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Huddersfield Town Women are back in action this Thursday night away to Sheffield FC with match updates and ticketing information available on @HTAFCWomen.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Stockport County vs Huddersfield Town Devs

After a weekend away from competitive football, Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team return to action this weekend away at Stockport County.

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Alan Eastwood and his side return to competitive football this weekend as they travel to Stockport for their first league game of the month. After being unbeaten in September, Town will be looking to extend that run on Sunday.

In September, Town travelled to Chorley Women and hosted Leeds United and Liverpool Feds, remaining unbeaten and winning the one game during their opening three games, ending the month on five points from a possible nine. 

Compared to this weekend’s opposition who have played out four league games in September. Having won twice and lost twice, if they continue their LWLW pattern, a Terriers win could be on the cards this weekend.

However, both of the Hatter’s wins have come at home. County scored 16 goals in September and conceded ten times, compared to the 18 goals we scored and the six goals conceded. This weekend is set to be a fierce tie between two top teams in the division who are both aiming for success. 

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Alan Eastwood, Town manager, has been speaking ahead of this weekends tie.

“The team have been put through their paces this week to ensure we don’t slack off after a decent performance last Sunday. We’ve come away from the game with minimal knocks and the girls are in high spirits.

“The morale within the squad is improving week on week. We have a lot of strong characters within our ranks who make sure everyone is involved and it appears to have been transfered onto the pitch.”

After a few frustrating league performances, Town scored nine and earned a well deserved clean sheet in a friendly against Chesterfield last weekend, Eastwood continues: 

“We took a big step forward with the clean sheet on Sunday and it was the first time we’ve defended as one solid unit all season. Clean sheets mean points and the players are starting to understand how important it is to work for each other at all times. We’ve done it in a friendly, now we need to do it in the league.

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“Going forward we have a lot of attacking options and players who all bring something different to the side. The variety of goals we’ve scored so far this season back that up and the triggers we are gradually introducing in training are starting to appear on matchdays which proves the team are learning and developing.”

Town Devs against Stockport County is set for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday at Stockport Sports Village, where fans are welcome to attend for free. 

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MATCH REPORT: Emphatic victory for Devs

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team put nine past Chesterfield on Sunday in a friendly.

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With Sheffield FC no longer having a competitive development team in our league, the Terrier’s had a weekend off and decided to use that time to continue their build under the new boss and work on their weaknesses ahead of two back-to-back games against Stockport County.

Town competed with Chesterfield FC on a sunny day in Huddersfield and it could not have been a better result for the young terriers side. It was really a case of the four quarters in this tie, with manager Alan Eastwood selecting four different sides mixing experienced and u18 players together to integrate them into the side. 

The tie started the same way as our last fixture, with Macy Ellis firing Town into the lead in the opening minute of the game, and before long, Falone Sumaili scored as well. Less than a minute after the restart from the second goal, Macy Ellis struck again and Town were running riot inside the opening half an hour of the game.

Not long after the third goal, Town scored again, with Demi Wisher scoring her first goal after a well executed pass by Leoni Price. Ten minutes before the break, Lois extended the score line to five to nil, and the first half ended after a truly brilliant five star performance.

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Six minutes into the second half, Wisher scored her second of the game after U18 player Millie played a wonderful through ball. Town were six goals up now, before Macy Ellis returned to the pitch and secured her hattrick with a powerful shot. 

Sian Gibrill-Keating and Tara Duce both scored in the second half and that wrapped up an excellent performance for Town after a ruthless performance in front of goal.

Alan Eastwood spoke at full-time.

“I always say there’s no such thing as a friendly and we wanted to take it just like a professional game, and we have done today. We have done five or six things that we asked the girls to do in training and we have gone and put them into the game today and i’m very happy with that.

“They’ve been (the U18s) a breath of fresh air since they came up with us, this is their reward for doing that in training by getting some game time with us. Every single one of them who played today didn’t look out of place, they’ve been very good, very composed on the ball, we asked them to be fearless and enjoy themselves and that is exactly what they have done.”

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After the disappointment of being held after leading by two goals in their last two competitive games, this is sure to put the Terrier’s in a great position ahead of their back-to-back games against Stockport in the next two weeks. 

Leoni Price was player of the match. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs host Chesterfield in friendly

With a weekend off from their league campaign, Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team take on Chesterfield at home in a friendly.

The Terriers host Chesterfield at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday in a friendly. With the rest of their league playing competitively, Town have used what would have been their weekend off to continue building as a team in what should be a great contest between two good sides. 

Chesterfield travel to West Yorkshire for what should be an entertaining game between two top sides and manager Alan Eastwood is aware of the challenge his side face.

“I know Chesterfield well from the junior section and their first team have had a decent start to their season so we are expecting another tough test.”

With Town only three games into their campaign and Eastwood along with coach Steve Winterburn having only taken charge after the first game of the season, the coaches and players are still working towards perfecting their system.

“We’re still working out a style of play that gets the best from the players at our disposal and it’s a good opportunity to experiment with the line up and formation. 

“This is no time to take our foot off the gas, quite the opposite in fact. Every player is competing for a place in this squad and nobody is guaranteed a spot, so we are going to treat this game like any other. 

“If everyone gives it their all for 90 minutes, carry on practicing what we’ve worked on in training and work together as a team, I’m positive we can come away with a decent performance which we can all be proud of.”

However, with this game being a friendly, the Terrier’s have a chance to involve players from the U18 squad and get the youngsters involved in open age football, which comes at the perfect time.

“This is a great chance for some of our under 18 players to get minutes in their legs. They’ve been training with us for the past 10 weeks now and they are a breathe of fresh air, so they will be rewarded with game time on Sunday. We’re looking forward to seeing how they slot in alongside some of our established players and we just want them to go out there, be fearless and enjoy themselves.”

Fans are welcome to attend this friendly at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday where entry is free. 

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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS 2-2 LEEDS UNITED

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team drew with Leeds United on Sunday after another game that saw the tail of two halves.

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Town started this game on the back of a draw away at Chorley Reserves, with United beating Brighouse Town in their previous fixture.

The game could not have started better for the Terrier’s. In the opening minute of the game, Macy Ellis does what she does best. The forward beat two United defenders before eventually finding a way past Katie Astle in goal. 

After the quick start from Town, both teams saw a steady first half continue as they fought for the next goal. United found themselves with three corners early on, however, the home side defended well to keep the ball out of the net.

With United pushing for their equaliser, their attempts at goal were either wide or straight into the hands of Phoebe Tomlin in goal. The Whites best chance of the half came just before the half an hour mark when they had a shot of goal, however, it failed to trouble Tomlin. 

Town continued to push up field and shortly after, Zoe Laughton delivered a wonderful ball for Macy Ellis, who was beaten by ‘keeper Astle. Just one minute later, the Terrier’s struck again. 

Tara Duce scored a stunner from just outside the centre circle, a goal set to already be a contender for goal of the season. Duce was just outside the centre circle and saw an opening before taking the chance. Astle got a hand to it and despite looking to have made a great save, the power on the shot was enough to see the ball fly into the back of the net. It was a spectacular finish.

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With United looking for their consolation goal before the break, they found themselves having a few consecutive chances, however, Tomlin dealt with their efforts.

As the second half begun and played out, Town still appeared to be on top and both goalkeepers did what they could to avoid conceding. Tomlin produced a wonderful flying save to deny United half way through the second half.

As the half an hour point of the second half approached, Town had two great chances. Another well placed pass from Laughton saw substitute Falone Sumaili push forward, but the ‘keeper was equal to it to pull off another save. Minutes later, Sumaili and Molly Ellis linked up well to get the cross in, with Duce’s shot just high of the crossbar. 

Eight minutes before full time, United found their consolation goal and now looked to gain a point from the game. With Town only one ahead, they aimed to avoid the same outcome as last week, however, United pressed and four minutes later found their equaliser.

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Town were unlucky after being on top for the whole game and another two points dropped. However, the Terrier’s have extended their unbeaten run and are now one of two teams unbeaten at the start of the campaign.

Manager Alan Eastwood spoke at full-time.

“A lot has changed since last week. I thought the improvement today as a team, the attitude was a lot better, I thought when we changed the formation in the second half we looked very comfortable and I thought we were quite unlucky to concede the two goals that we did.

“We scored two very good goals and to score after 40 or 50 seconds is always a good way to set the tone. I think if we can work on getting the ball from midfield up to the top looking for option B or option C instead of plan A all the time, we’ll be okay.”

Sian Gibrill-Keating was the opposition’s player of the match after her brilliant display. Town go again after a weekend off on October 3 when they travel to Stockport County.

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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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