Huddersfield Town Women’s Development squad played Harrogate Town AFC on Sunday morning at St. John Fishers.
The Terriers were aiming to outperform their opponents after being equally matched by a resilient Barnsley side, whilst also ensuring that they continued their unbeaten pre-season run.
In the very first minute, a chance emerged for Town, with a lovely cross meeting the head of Trialist B, who’s shot battered the crossbar.
Harrogate gained the lead a few minutes later, with an early chance for Elliot which found the back of the net. Town responded with courage as Laura took aim at goal, but the shot was well defended and went out for a corner.
A subsequent shot hit the crossbar for Town in the match. Gaby drove the ball forward and her cross almost turned into a goal but was denied by the woodwork.
As the game started to level out, a lovely ball from Price released Trialist B, who tried her luck after the screams of several players encouraged her to shoot, but her shot was just wide.
Once again, Town were denied by the woodwork, and once again, the crossbar halted their chances of rescuing a goal. Unsurprisingly, another shot rattled the crossbar! Town were very unlucky not to claim an equaliser, as Harrogate’s goalkeeper knocked the ball onto the bar, and then making a rebound save to stop Trialist B from scoring.
After five Town chances battered the crossbar, the referee blew his whistle for half-time, Town were 1-0 down, after a dominating first half with plenty of chances.
Chances were falling to both sides at the start of the second half, but neither could make something of them. After a substitution, Town won a penalty after Trialist B was fouled inside the box. She took the penalty but failed to convert, with the Harrogate ‘keeper saving to the left.
Only one minute later, Trialist B made up for her saved penalty when she found the back of the net. This gave Town hope to find a winner, whilst we enter the later stages of the match.
Both teams were searching for a winner, but it was Harrogate who managed to find the back of the net to regain the lead. 2-1 to Harrogate Town.
A dominating performance and having the better of the chances just was not enough for this young Town side as they fell to an unlucky 2-1 defeat at St. John Fishers.
Town will face Middlesbrough on Sunday, aiming to achieve a positive result and more minutes in their legs ahead of their opening league tie against Liverpool Feds.
Report by Arjun Singh.