MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Middlesbrough Reserves

Development Squad get back to winning ways against lacklustre Middlesbrough.

HTWFC vs Middlesbrough - 01-11-20

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

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

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

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

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

HTWFC vs Middlesbrough - 01-11-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HTWFC vs Middlesbrough - 01-11-20

Match Report by : Oliver Holmes


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MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Brighouse Town

Development Squad Come Unstuck Against Brighouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Match Report by : Oliver Holmes


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MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Home to Durham

Town’s unbeaten run comes to an end

HTWFC Devs Home to Durham 11-10-20

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Durham Women’s reserves on Sunday at the Stafflex arena with the aim of continuing their unbeaten run.

The game started very cagey, with very little chances for both teams. Laura Carter was tested early on with a comfortable save, and a shot which went wide. Town also troubled Durham with good work with Cassidy Clift on the wide, sliding it back to Alice Linsell, whose shot went way off target.

The first goal of the game came from a Durham corner 22 minutes in, a good delivery was met with a head, but was bundled into the net, a scrappy goal for town to concede

Durham started to gain momentum, and picked off town’s sloppiness in midfield, but town did have chances to get back into the match, a lovely pass from Macy Ellis into the path of Clift, but the shot from Clift went inches over the bar, by far Town’s best chance of the match.

Then after half an hour, Durham found the net again, with a cross from the wide, which was met by a header, which nestled into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

5 minutes to go, Town received a free-kick from 20 yards out. Cassidy Clift took the shot, but it got deflected and eventually over the bar for a corner, which came to nothing.

The second half started in Town’s favour, with Molly Ellis providing a low cross into the box, no one was there to meet it.Durham received a free kick of their own from 25 yards out. At first it was blocked, the subsequent cross was headed on to the bar, the rebound again was headed on the bar, before town dealt with it

HTWFC Devs Home to Durham 11-10-20

Durham then found a third goal, when they went down the wide an into the box, the ball was shot to go in at the far post, but ended up coming off defender Kayley Hird to make it 0-3.

Town looked for a goal, to gain some momentum, with Molly Ellis just hitting the bar after picking a loose ball inside the opponents’ box. 

Finally, Town got their goal, with Alice Linsell, putting a beautiful ball through to Macy Ellis who shot the shot the ball in off the bar and over the line.

Town then started to gain momentum, but not finding anything in the final third as Durham held strong to not concede any more. Then with ten minutes to go, a ball was put in by substitute Tara Duce, which was met by Alice Linsell in the box and found the back of the net, and, suddenly, it looked like we were heading for a grandstand finish.

But a few minutes later after a Durham corner was cleared, a controversial moment in the match. The ball deflected off the referee, and found a Durham player which was crossed into the box and headed over keeper Carter’s head to kill off Town’s momentum and make it 4-2 to the visitors. Town appealed, that it should be brought back for a drop ball, but the referee saw no fault and awarded the goal that sees Town’s unbeaten run come to an end.

They have two weeks to improve, and get back to winning ways when they play Brighouse Town away at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.

FULL TIME: HTWFC 2 – 4 DURHAM WFC

Match Report by : Oliver Holmes

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MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Sheffield FC

Development Squad Hit Magnificent Seven

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Image credit : Louis George Edwards

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad made a statement to the league with an emphatic 7-0 win against Sheffield FC on Sunday

The game started innocently, with Town having a few chances at the Sheffield goal. The best of those chances being a corner whipped in by Cassidy Clift with Sharone Buckle heading the ball just wide.

The first goal of the game came 18 minutes in when Macey Ellis made a run into the box. The ball went loose, but Clift won it back and found Alice Linsell who struck a sumptuous shot from 20 yards out.

Town then dominated proceedings and were all over Sheffield possession wise and could have had more goals – the best chance coming from a through ball by Kayley Hird to Cassidy Clift who had Macey Ellis in support, but decided to go alone and the shot dribbled wide.

Just short of the half-hour mark, Clift got her goal. After she went down the wing and got into the box, she cut inside of a Sheffield defender before finishing into the bottom corner. Then, straight after, Molly Ellis fired a 30-yard shot that caught the keeper off-guard and made it 3-0 in the blink of an eye.

On 37 minutes, a ball was crossed in by Lois Scholefield which was met by Faye Sherrington who headed into the back of the net. 

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Then, more goals kept coming through Sherrington’s second. A melee in the box between the Sheffield defence and ‘keeper saw the ball come out to Sherrington who put it into an empty net.

The final goal of the half swiftly followed. This time the keeper parried Clift’s shot straight to Lois Scholefield who found a gap to make it 6-0 before the break.

The second half was much more subdued and Sheffield tried to get in the game, but chances never materialised for them and Town were able to deal with their attacks comfortably. 

Then, midway through the second half, there was a lovely one-two pass movement between Sherrington and Zoe Laughton, who ran into the box and calmly slotted it in at the near post to make it 7. 

The rest of the half didn’t impress and Town had the win in the bag, but in the final minutes of the game, Sheffield won a penalty after a pull in the box. Their striker stepped up, but goalkeeper Lauren Joyce made a great save down to her left to preserve her clean sheet.Town have now kept two clean sheets in a row, scoring 12 goals in their first three games. Up next, they welcome Durham to the Stafflex and, if this result is anything to go by, it’ll be a cracker!

HIGHLIGHTS | Head to #htwfc to relive our latest highlights from our huge win against Sheffield FC.

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MATCH REPORT – DEVS – Away to Leeds Utd

An eventful first match sees Town Women take all the spoils

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad started their 2020/21 campaign in the FA Women’s National League in impressive style, winning 5-4 away to Leeds United.

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Town set the ball rolling and within the first 6 minutes, the game produced its first goal as Cassidy Clift found space in the box to shoot and score past the keeper at the near post, but she had to make an early exit after she picked up a knock.

Town then dominated the majority of the first half with many chances that were easily saved or just didn’t quite materialise, the best being Molly Ellis’ free header going shy of the post. 

Then Town managed to extend their lead to 2 thanks to Faye Sherrington who went one on one with the Leeds keeper, her first shot was saved but the second found the bottom corner. 

Leeds didn’t have many chances in the match but when they did it challenged keeper Lauren Joyce. The first being a great shot from outside the box in to the top corner on 40 minutes. Then just before half-time Leeds equalised through a stunning goal from 30 yards outside the box catching Joyce off guard.

In the second half it became a much more cagey start, with very few chances but on the hour mark Tara Duce received a beautiful through ball and gladly stuck it past the keeper to make it 3-2. 

Town then started to dominate with more chances but then were pegged a goal back ten minutes later, after Leeds fired a shot that came in off the post to make it 3-3

It was then set to become a grandstand finish. First Town took the lead, again, this time through substitute Sian Gibril-Keating who beat the keeper one on one and stuck it into an empty net, before Macy Ellis got her goal after beating her defender, turning in the box, and putting it past the Leeds keeper to make it 5-3. Leeds then scored at the other end through a shot from a corner to make it 5-4. And it could have been another for town and Macy Ellis, but she was at a tight angle and could only put it into the side netting.

A fabulous 9 goal thriller to start the new season off for Town, who host Liverpool Feds at the Stafflex arena next Sunday

FULL TIME: LUWFC 4 – 5 HTWFC

Match Report by: Oliver Holmes

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Watch the @htafcwomendevs on #htwtv as they made a perfect start to the season. WATCH HERE

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – MATCH REPORT – Home to Newcastle Utd

Five-Star Town Blow Magpies Away

Huddersfield Town Women continued their 100% record in pre-season with a 5-0 win over Newcastle United Women at the Stafflex Arena.

A brace a piece from Sarah Danby and Lucy Sowerby saw the Terriers emerge comfortable victors from a rather one-sided game.

Sowerby, last season’s top scorer, was thrilled to notch a brace.

Sowerby

“It was great to get another big win against tough opposition.

Getting on the scoresheet again was nice too so I want to keep this momentum building into the first game of the league season against Fylde.”

Manager Jordan Wimpenny took charge of the game on his birthday and the heavy win was the perfect present

“It was another top performance from the players. Their commitment and application keeps on improving and that can only be a good thing.”

Town started much the brighter side and took the lead with just a few minutes on the clock.

Kate Mallin best her marker well and, after her initial cross was blocked, the second delivery found Sarah Danby unmarked at the back post and the ex-Sunderland player nodded home.

And Mallin was at it again, taking her marker to the byline before sending in a teasing cross which was met strongly by Lucy Sowerby whose header caught the visiting ‘keeper in no man’s land to double the lead.

The away side had gone into the game in good form, having beaten local rivals Sunderland 1-0 a couple of weeks ago, but Town simply had too much quality.

After a spell of comfortable possession, the third goal came courtesy of Sowerby again who rifled the ball into the top right corner to give her side a three-goal lead at the break.

Danby

Having netted in the first half, Danby placed home a wonderful volley from another Mallin cross as Town’s no.9 trebled her pre-season tally before Laura Elford got in on the act.

Town’s centre forward notched seven goals in the previous two matches ahead of the match and, after missing a few earlier chances, turned the ball home into an empty net after unselfish play from substitute Serena Fletcher to complete the scoring. 

Wimpenny was thrilled with his side’s performance

“We kept another clean sheet – that’s four in five games now – so that’s an area that we keep on improving week in, week out.

Were full of confidence and scoring lots of goals so if we keep on working hard in training we’ll be ready for the season to start against Fylde on the 20th”

Match Report by: Jack Walker

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POST-MATCH COMMENTS | “Birthday Boy” @JordanWimpenny1 joined us on #htwtv to discuss our latest 5-0 win against @NUFCWomen.


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HIGHLIGHTS | Watch all the goals from our fifth pre-season game against @NUFCWomen. Goals from Danby (2), Sowerby (2) and Elford.

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – OSSETT vs HTWFC DEVS

5-0 Friendly defeat for Town Women’s Development Squad.

Huddersfield Town Womens’ Development Squad were in action over the weekend against Ossett United Womens’ first team

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Lee Briggs and his team headed to Ingfield Stadium to play Ossett on Sunday in their first friendly of the 2020/21 season build-up.

Ossett took the lead early on after a corner from the right was headed towards Jordan Cheetham who fired in a rocket to bag the first goal of the game.

The first half goals didn’t end there when Ellie Betteridge put Ossett 2-0 up in the 25thminute. Jordane Allison made it 3-0 after an incredible 30-yard out shot caught Town keeper Laura Carter off her line.

During the first half, 16-year-old Gaby was substituted onto the field. The youngster impressed manager Briggs with her performance throughout the game. Chances for Town were few and far between during the first 45 and, despite heading into the second half 3-0 down, they had plenty of chances in the second half.

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But, the second half saw more goals for the home side.

Chloe Marshall and Charlotte Adams were on hand to add to the scoreline for Ossett after both players were brought off the bench for their debut games.Tara Duce had a few shots on goal and Town got close on numerous occasions during the second half, forcing Ossett United keeper Aleathia Smith into a lot of saves which helped her side keep a clean sheet.

Despite the 5-0 loss, there were many positives to take away from the defeat and into the next game.

FULL TIME: 0-5

By: Khya Gott

Town are back at The Stafflex Arena on Sunday 30thAugust against Manchester United in a 2pm kick-off.

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Q&A WITH HTWFC’s DEVELOPMENT SQUAD ASSISTANT – MO MOUELHI

Mo Mouelhi

Q – Mo, welcome to the club! How does it feel to officially be a part of Huddersfield Town Women?

I’m really excited about this opportunity! I’ve been working in around the club for the last four years with the [Huddersfield Town] Foundation, but when the opportunity came I had to get on board and be a part of the women’s team. 

Q – How will your past experiences help you in your new role?

I’ve been at a few clubs prior to this, I’m a UEFA B qualified coach and I’m a candidate for UEFA A, so this is great opportunity to both develop myself and bring a lot to the team. 

Q – The devs’ first game of pre-season is this Sunday, August 23rd, against Ossett [United], how are your preparations going?

Our preparations have started really well and we’re at a good level at the moment. Everyone is competing at a high level, eager to start and to play, and I think we will do very well if this continues.

Q – Two development squad players made their first team debuts last season. Is this something you want to happen again? And can it be used as motivation for the team?

Our aspiration is to help bring development squad players through to the first team and we want to at least double those numbers this year. 

Q- Finally, what are your targets for the 2020/21 season?

Our goal is to win the league, definitely, and we also want to get to the Cup final. We want to compete at the level we are at in training at the moment and, if we do that, we have every chance of success. 

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HTWFC – NEWSLETTER

New for 2020/21

Huddersfield Town Women FC are publishing a FREE to download quarterly E-Newsletter.

We aim to bring you updates on teams, players, leagues and the club as well as throw in a few competitions here and there!

If you’re interested in receiving future issues – then submit your details by CLICKING HERE and we’ll make sure you get all future PDF Newsletters emailed straight to your inbox.

Issue 01 is out now.

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