MATCH PREVIEW: Durham Reserves vs Huddersfield Town Women

Town look to book a place in the second round of the League Cup on Sunday when they travel to Durham.

Devs talking pre-Stockport in the determining round
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This game was supposed to be held one week earlier, however, due to unforeseen weather conditions, will now be this weekend.

As the League Cup continues, Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Durham in the first round.

After playing two games in November, and having two games postponed because of the weather, Town continue their league cup campaign as they travel to Durham Cestria.

Durham, who are in the same league as the Terriers, travelled to the Stafflex Arena earlier this season. After a tough battle for both sides throughout the 90 minutes, Town found victory following a first half goal from Macy Ellis, before Tara Duce doubled our lead minutes into the second half.

This weekend’s hosts made it through in the determining round after hosting Barnsley at the start of October, and nine goals later, their place in the first round was confirmed. However, they have not made the best start to their league campaign. Durham are eighth in the table, compared to Town, who are flying high at the top.

The Terriers joined the first round after beating Stockport County at home in a convincing win. A brace from Duce followed by goals from Falone Sumaili, Cassidy Clift and Sian Gibrill-Keating saw off County.

Town Devs celebrating Tara Duce’s goal against Stockport

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Chloe Ryan and Jasmine Elliott-Wood have scored nine and seven goals respectively for their side this season and will be looking to add to that.

However, centre-halves Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are on form this season defending their goal conceding only three goals in their last five games.

Devs player Molly Ellis holds possession and drives the ball forward vs Barnsley
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After hosting Durham in their last game, manager Alan Eastwood is very aware of what he has to take forward from that game into the cup tie.

“We saw that Durham are a very well organised, professional team and they gave us a huge test a couple of weeks ago. The positive now is that we know what to expect and the players know we have to be on top of our game to come away with a positive result. 

“We are battling and working hard as a team on and off the pitch now so if we keep the same mentality as well as playing to the game plan we give ourselves every chance of progressing to the next round. However we have to show it on the pitch that we want to get through rather than simply saying so.”

Town travel to Durham for a 2pm kick off on Sunday, and live match updates will be on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs throughout the afternoon. 

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