The first half started slow while both teams got to know each other. Huddersfield had the better of the chances with some good play all round.
The first goal came on 15 minutes with a cross from the right by Harriet Oldfield that fell kindly to Esmay Clarke who hit it past the keeper into the bottom right corner. Steel City still pressed well on the counter and their number 8 had a couple of decent opportunities but some excellent defending from Town kept them out.
Huddersfield came out in the second half all fired up and passed the ball around well and the second goal came on 41 minutes with good pressure from Imogen Ward causing the Steels defender to slice a clearance onto their own player and in for an own goal to make it 0-2.
P.O.M Alysia Singh then went on to score a very impressive hat-trick with goals on 44, 45 and 49 minutes with the help from yet more pressing midfield work and short corner routines from the likes of, Esmay Clarke, Izzy Cleverley and Harriet Oldfield.
Steel City kept up the pressure and played some lovely football themselves but like the first half Town’s excellent defensive work from Ruby Hackney, Natalie Ampofo and Ellie Adams along with some great saves from Madison Hamilton, who kept another clean sheet, kept Steel City from getting a goal.
Imogen then made it 0-6 to Town with a great finish from Ellie’s cross from the right on 51 minutes followed by a long throw in from Izzy, on 56 minutes, that fell to Alysia to flick the ball on to Harriet and hit it past the keeper for 0-7.
An excellent all round team performance from Town.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH : ALYSIA SINGH
Next cup game: 23rd May – the under 11’s are home to Sheffield Utd CF.
The under 11’s completed their group 6 game with another convincing win although, they were made to work very hard for their goals, particularly in the first half against a feisty Scorpions side.
Player of the match Esmay Clarke scored the opening goal in the 1st minute of the game following a nice passing move and good finish.
In the fifth minute Alysia Singh had a good shot saved by the impressive Scorpions keeper but Natalie Ampofo was on hand to tuck the rebound home,Town’s third goal came in the eleventh minute following a slick passing move between Esmay and Harriet Oldfield which resulted in a goal from Izzy Cleverly.Town maintained their dominance for the remainder of the half but good goalkeeping and defending from the Scorpions kept tham at bay.
Half time 0-3.
Town started the second half brightly and soon added to their score line with Harriet winning the ball from a defender and striking a strong finish past the keeper, 0-4.Imogen Ward struck in the 34th minute and that was quickly followed by a second goal from Natalie.
Just a minute later and Esmay had a shot well saved but the rebound looped up and she headed the ball home, 0-7.Natalie completed her hat trick with ten minutes remaining following a good cross from Harriet and then Natalie got her fourth of the game after slotting home a corner from close range.
The final goal came with two minutes remaining when Izzy playing a long crossfield pass to captain Ellie Adams who finished well.
Another excellent overall performance with all nine players contributing to a great display.
Next cup game: 8th May – the under 11’s compete in the knockout stage of the cup.
The under 11’s secured their place in the next group stage of the league cup with another impressive performance against a determined Bessacarr Belles team.
Town scored at regular intervals throughout the game. Player of the match Natalie Ampofo opened the scoring after 6 minutes with a neat finish and she played the entire game in the mood that she started, winning tackles, precision passing and calmness in defence.
The rest of the team were also in fine form and put up one of the best performances of the season with some excellent link up play, passing and finishing in front of goal.
Other first half scorers were Izzy Cleverly (1), Esmay Clarke (2) and Imogen Ward (2), with the half time score 6-0.
The second half continued in a similar manner with Ellie Adams (2), Harriet Oldfield (2), another goal from Natalie and a third from Esmay to complete her hat trick.
Goal of the day came from Alysia Singh, who hit a screamer from distance into the top corner of the net.
Full time 12-0
Next cup game: 24th April – the under 11’s complete their group games with a trip to Scawthorpe Scorpions Orange.
SHWGL UNDER 11’S CUP – GROUP STAGE HTWFC U11’S 15 – WICKERSLEY YOUTH RED 0
The under 11’s started the defence of their league cup in positive fashion with the first of their group stage matches after the end of lockdown.
Town started confidently against a less experienced Wickersley Red team, scoring regularly throughout the game.Town played the ball around well and made good use of the opportunity to practice playing out from the back and retaining possession of the ball.
Despite Town’s domination game, Wickersley continued to fight for possession of the ball and never gave up.Town scored seven goals in the first half and eight in the second to run out worthy winners.
Goals were scored by; Ellie Adams 4, Esmay Clarke 4, Ruby Hackney 2, Natalie Ampofo 2 (one a stunning header from a corner), Harriet Oldfield 2 and 1 from Imogen Ward.
Ruby Hackney was named player of the match following an excellent overall display but, in truth it could have gone to any one of the players who all played well.
Next cup game: 17th April – Home to Bessacarr JFC U11 Belles
The U13s were back at the stafflex against West end Terriers. This was a very one sided game from start to finish with Town dominating possession of the ball and we took the lead in the 1st 5 minutes when Evie Franks slotted the ball past the keeper.
Town doubled there lead, this time through Beth Cannon who cut in from the right and neatly slotted the ball past the keeper.
Town added a 3rd before half time when Grace Morrison played a through ball into Evie Franks who scored her 2nd goal of the game.
Half time 3-0
Town continued to control the game in the 2nd half and they managed to notch another 6 goals which came from Beth Cannon x3, Imaan Ali x2 and Imogen Butterworth to seal another fantastic win for the U13s.
Full time 9-0
Player of the match went to Grace Morrison who produced a solid midfield display.
Next week the 13s are back at the stafflex this time Handsworth are the visitors.
Town failed to reach the performance levels shown in recent games as, on this occasion, Barnsley took the honours by cashing in on some poor defending by the home team.
After Barnsley deservedly went ahead inside fifteen minutes, Town somehow crawled back in to the game with quick fire finishes from Hulme and Valenti.
The visitors then took control with three more goals before the break.
The second half saw little improvement for Town, who found themselves 6-2 down before Harris and player of the match Hulme scored either side of another Barnsley goal.
Despite the disappointing result, keeper McKie made some fantastic saves to give a semblance of respectability to the scoreline , while the efforts of scorers Valenti and Harris attracted plaudits from the Town supporters.
Our U13s made it back to back wins by comfortably beating Barnsley ladies. Town dominated the 1st half playing terrific football from back to front and it wasn’t long before they took the lead through Beth Cannon who found the top corner from outside the area to notch her 1st league goal of the season.
Town continued to threaten and eventually doubled there lead through Lucia Morrison.
Half time 0-2
The 2nd half was a different game as the wind picked up and affected the flow of the game. Town had a few chances to add to there tally but it was Barnsley who scored to make it 2-1.
This seemed to inspire the town girls and from this point they dominated the rest of the game and scored 3 quick goals through Evie Franks, Ava Jones and a Own goal.
Full Time 1-5
Overall a great performance from the girls and a deserved win. Player of the match went to Ava Jones who had a fantastic game in midfield.
Next week we are back at the stafflex against West end.
The U13s were at home for the 1st league game of the season against a strong Millmoor side.
Town started the game well playing some great football and creating a few chances early on but it was Millmoor who scored the only goal of the game against the run of play. Town continued to push for a equaliser and they came very close when Lucia Morrisons shot was cleared off the line by the Millmoor defender.
Half time 0-1
The 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd half were fairly even but then for the rest of the half it almost became attack against defence with town really pushing forwards for a equaliser but they couldn’t break down the resilient Millmoor defence. They could and should have had a penalty with around 15 minutes to go when Imaan Ali was brought down in the area but the referee decided there was no contact. Town continued to threaten a equaliser getting corner after corner and having shot after shot but they just couldn’t find a way past Millmoor’s keeper who received player of the match for them.
Full time 0-1
Towns player of the match went to Sienna Noble who put in a real captains performance.
Overall the result was disappointing but the performance from all the town girls was excellent.
Next up for the 13s is another home game, this time Dronfield are the visitors.