Delight for Town as Durham are Downed
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Durham Women’s Reserves on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena five months since their last game, the 3-1 win away to Middlesbrough.
After the league was null and voided by The FA, Town played Durham in a friendly, looking to seek revenge for their 4-2 defeat last year.
The game started brightly with both sides pressing high to win the ball and Town nearly took an early lead on six minutes when Lois Scholefield looped a long pass over to Macy Ellis who attempted to round the keeper, but the striker put too much on it and the ball went out for a goal kick.
Then, 10 minutes in, Town had a corner swung in by Tara Duce and Sharone Buckle headed into the far post to make it 1-0.
Town had plenty more chances, with a long kick from goalkeeper Laura Carter to Ellis who rounded the keeper but put the ball in the side netting.
Durham had to wait for their first chance, a free kick from 25 yards out. A powerful drive to the far left corner looked as though it was in, but Carter manged to get a strong hand to it and keep the ball out.
Another chance then came for Town and Ellis once again as a long ball from Buckle found her one on one with the Durham keeper, but she finished wide of the target.
The second half started the same as the first, with high intensity from Town and within six minutes of the restart a ball over the top of the Durham defence found Ellis once more who took it round the ‘keeper and, 4thtime lucky, buried it in the bottom corner for 2-0.
Town didn’t slow down and added a third to their tally as Duce played a ball in for Sian Gibril-Keating who attempted an audacious chip over the Durham keeper, which nestled in the far corner to make it 3-0 with a sumptuous finish.
The game then slowed down in terms of chances for both teams as the battle was in the midfield but, three minutes from time, Durham had a chance to put a chink in Town’s attempt to keep a clean sheet as the Durham striker rounded Carter with the goal gaping in front of her. But a last minute slide from Scholefield kept the ball out of the net and made sure of Town’s clean sheet at full time.After that fantastic performance, the Devs will be back in action at the Stafflex Arena next week as they take on Bradford in their second friendly in a row.
Report by: Oliver Holmes