Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel across West Yorkshire to Brighouse this weekend as they look to maintain their position at the top of the table.
On Sunday, Town travel towards Calderdale to face Brighouse where they aim to beat their rivals to continue their push for the league title.
The Terriers have a chance to go five points clear of Middlesbrough and Chorley, who are second and third in the Reserves Northern Division respectively. Compared to their counterparts who could drop into the bottom three if Hull City beat Chorley on Sunday.
Town are the only undefeated side this season, and although they lost to this weekend’s hosts in last season’s curtailed campaign, are in fine form under new management and will look to build on their performance from last Sunday’s victory against Liverpool Feds when they go again this weekend.
Speaking on last weekend’s performance, Devs Manager Alan Eastwood said: “although we got the win last week there are some areas that need tweaking to ensure we perform at a higher level. If we can iron out that rustiness after the Christmas break then we give ourselves a better chance at playing at the level we know we can.”
The opposition however have not played in over a month, with their last game being a loss to Chorley at the start of December. Additionally, their last league victory was in October, when they beat Liverpool Feds 0-6 in Merseyside. They will be aiming to get their year off to a good start at their home ground, however, the Terriers have different plans, with fresh legs returning to the matchday squad ahead of this tie.
On the returning players, Eastwood continued, “it’s important to keep the squad fresh and because we have options all over the park, it means there is no room for complacency. There is healthy competition for places in this team and everyone knows they have to train hard and play hard to keep their shirts. That in itself is a challenge.
“We’re aiming to put some things right from last week and go out and give it our best shot. We know it will be a tough game but to improve as a team we need to be playing tricky opposition on a regular basis, this Sunday will be no different.”
Brighouse have kept two clean-sheets this season, against Feds and Barnsley, however, the Terriers have scored 34 goals in the league after eight games, having managed to score two or more in every game they have played. No doubt they will be looking to continue this run of form when they travel to the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.
Players to Watch:
So far this season, Brighouse player Imogen Porteous-Williams is the second top goal scorer in all competitions, on 14 goals including two penalties. With 10 of her goals coming in the league, she has scored just under half of her sides 26 goals so far in the league.
However, Town player Falone Sumaili has scored 11 goals this season and just behind Porteous-Williams in the race for the golden boot. Sumaili received a call-up to her international side Burundi this week and is in fine form heading into this weekend. With the Terriers having plenty of options in front of goal, Macy Ellis, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Tara Duce are also banging in goals left, right and centre this season.
Town travel to Brighouse for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and live match updates will be on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs throughout the afternoon.