MATCH PREVIEW: Devs host Leeds United in West Yorkshire Derby

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team welcome Leeds United Reserves to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday for a West Yorkshire Derby. 

After scoring seven in their opening two games of the campaign, the Terriers welcome Leeds United to the Stafflex for what is expected to be another entertaining tie.

Last weekend, Town travelled to Chorley Reserves where both sides held their own to earn a well-deserved point, with Falone Sumaili and Sian Gibrill-Keating grabbing Town’s first half goals before Chorley made a comeback in the second half.

However, that second half performance and result will only boost the Terriers on even more as they welcome local rivals on Sunday. This weekend’s opponents hosted their own derby last weekend as they came up against Brighouse Town and after 11 goals were scored, United came out on top.

Last year, in the first game of the season, Town travelled to Crofton Community Centre for a nine-goal thriller. With three goals scored in the final 10 minutes, Town came out on top thanks to goals from Macy Ellis, Cassidy Clift, Gibrill-Keating, Tara Duce and former player Faye Sherrington. With both sides already putting on great performances this season, this weekend is set to be another fiery tie between the two clubs. 

Town will have to be wary of Katie Astle and Mia Moorhouse this weekend however, as both players have scored three goals for United so far in their opening two games. However, the Terriers also have their on-form options up front with Sumaili having scored in every game she has played for Town so far.

Devs manager Alan Eastwood has been speaking ahead of the derby.

“We’re all up for the challenge and, yet again, it will be another tough game. There are no easy games in this league and we’ll have to be at our best to get a positive result.

“We’ve conceded 4 goals already this season and we need to improve on that. It’s down to Steve and I to tighten the players up as a defensive unit, defending from the very front of our line-up right back to our ‘keeper. 

“We’re expecting another tough test and I’m sure they will be looking for revenge after our last encounter. However, we are a different side this season and we need to concentrate on playing to our strengths and not worry about past results or oppositions. 

“After last weeks disappointing second half we have chance to put things right quickly and what better way to do it in than a local derby.”

Fans are welcome down at the Stafflex Arena for this West Yorkshire Derby, where entry is free! 


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