Devs edge to victory in battle against Bradford
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Bradford City women first team on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena after winning their first game in five months last week.
The game was cagey in the first 15 minutes, with neither side creating clear-cut opportunities and most of the action being played in midfield. Bradford had the only chance of the opening minutes as a header from a corner was pushed away by Lauren Joyce in goal.
With half an hour gone, Town produced their first opportunity when Tara Duce dragged the ball wide from outside the box after good defensive actions from both sides.
Bradford then had another chance, breaking through Town’s defensive line, but Joyce came out and safely gathered the ball to make sure that the game finished 0-0 at the break.
The second half started brightly with both teams looking reenergised and hungry for a goal and It wasn’t long before Town got the opener. Cassidy Clift from the edge of the box with a shot-come-cross to the far post, where Macy Ellis gladly tapped in after her many chances last week.
However, straight from the kick off, Bradford hit back. Their strikers combined to chip one over Joyce, before the other finished it into the roof of the net and Town’s lead only lasted a minute before it was all-square again.
Town still battled to reclaim the lead and they almost did with a goalmouth scramble. Three shots were fired at the Bradford goal but were all blocked and kept out by the Bradford defence before the ball was cleared up field.
The game looked to have hit a roadblock, again with the battle largely in midfield, and neither team breaking defensive lines to create any opportunities.
However, young Lois Mattock got Town’s lead back after a misplaced pass by the Bradford defence in the box led to Lois creating space for herself and finishing smartly in the bottom corner for her first goal for the club.
It was almost déjà vu shortly after, with Braford attacking the Town defence straight after the restart. After the striker squared the ball past Joyce in goal, it looked like it would be back to all square until the heroics of Emily Cahill, who slid to make a goal-line clearance as the ball went out for a corner.
Bradford threatened in the final minutes of the game with two free kicks which were comfortably saved by Joyce, but it was Town who took all the spoils when the final whistle blew.Town will be in action again at the Stafflex next week against Ossett United on Sunday in another behind closed doors fixture.
Report by: Oliver Holmes