Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Chorley Reserves on Sunday in the second game of their league campaign.
After scoring five in their first game of the season, the Devs travel to Chorley to continue their campaign. This will be their first competitive game away from home this season and their four away games during pre-season have helped the Terriers be well prepared for this weekend’s challenge.
This week the Terriers announced that Alan Eastwood has taken over the role as Development Team Manager with Steve Winterburn joining the team as a coach. With this weekend set to be their first game in charge, they are ready to kickstart their new role with a win at Chorley.
Prior to Eastwood joining the team as manager, he coached the team as they hosted Liverpool Feds in their opening game of the season alongside Mo Mouelhi. The new boss is well aware of the strengths and minor weaknesses his side have after their opening day victory.
“It was a good start and scoring five is always satisfying, but we conceded twice straight after scoring. We need to up our concentration levels and ensure any errors like this are eradicated and defend more solidly as a unit.
“We have worked hard on that this week so I’m looking for a response from the players to take this onto the pitch on Sunday. Although last week was a bit scrappy at times, I was extremely pleased with the teams effort.”
During the week, the Terriers have had two training sessions to build on that performance. Eastwood continued:
“I’m feeling a lot more relaxed now we have had two decent training sessions to put right a few things that we needed to improve on from last week.
“If we take that into the game on Sunday we are giving ourselves a decent chance of getting a result. But overall I’m buzzing like the rest of the squad who can’t wait to cross that white line again.”
Chorley hosted Brighouse Town in their first game of the campaign, with the game ending a draw, our opponents this weekend will be looking to build on that performance, but Eastwood and his team are up for the challenge.
“Away games are only as tricky as you make them. Our best performance of pre season was away against Leicester who are a very well established side. So its about doing what we do best, just on a different field of grass.
“I’m sure Chorley will be up for the game and they will be looking to build on their point from last week, so we have to make sure we prepare exactly the same we do for any other game and go out there and give it our all.”
Town will continue their campaign on Sunday at JMO Sports Park in their 2pm kick off, with fans welcome, tickets are priced at £3 for adults and free for U16s.