CUP SEMI-FINAL: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Huddersfield Town Women

A place in the County Cup final is at stake as Huddersfiled Town Women face very familiar opposition...

• Both open age Huddersfield teams face each other.
• Semi-Final of Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup
• Watch the game at Stafflex Arena

Both Huddersfield Town Women clubs (first team and development team) have met each other in the County Cup semi-final with a place in the final at stake.

Kicking off at the Stafflex Arena this Thursday 7 April, this inter-club match will test both teams with the development team coming into the fixture with the best form but the first team having the expectation to overcome their younger generation.

HOME: DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Last time out, Town Women Devs were against AFC Bentley Academy Women. The quarter final match never took place, and the Terriers were given the win to progress to the semi final. However, in the fourth round the Town Women Devs were against Harworth Colliery. Town Women dominated the lower league team putting four goals beyond their ‘keeper. Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Reserves Northern Division, having played 13 matches and won 11 and drawn two.

Town Devs have five games in hand on Chorley who sit at the top of the league, only six points adrift from the top spot with a better goal difference. Town will be looking to continue their league form in the cup competition on Thursday 7th April.

The Women Devs have won their last two league matches in FA Reserve Northern Division. The Devs put a total of 12 goals past their last two opponents

AWAY: FIRST TEAM

Paige Cross Celebrates Win against Sheffield
Credit: Oliver Eaton

Huddersfield Town Women left it late to progress to the semi final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup. Playing against Doncaster Rovers Belles, Laura Elford took the ball from the halfway line and managed to get a shot off, which was parried by the Belles keeper into the back of the net in the 75th minute.

Huddersfield Town Women are fifth in the FAWNL Premier Division North. The Terriers have won one and lost one of their last two league matches. Both were against the top two sides. Defeating then second placed Fylde Women 5-1 to gain a vital three points, then suffering a narrow defeat to top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers Women 2-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sian Gibrill-Keating has scored in every game she has played so far in 2022. That is nine games, and at least one goal in each game. Gibrill-Keating will be trying to extend that to double figures with at least one goal this Thursday.

Youngster Laura is another to watch for the Town Women Devs. Although Laura doesn’t have the same record as Gibrill-Keating, she can also find the back of the net. Laura has been sublime for the Devs squad so far this season.

Credit: Jess Hornby

For the first team; Laura Elford is the player to watch. The forward scored a hat-trick mid week against Fylde. Elford will be hungry for more goals, having not been part of the Wolves squad due to injury.

However Falone Sumaili may get her chance to shine for the first team after making several promising appearances from the bench. The Burundian striker will have a chance to face her regular team having scored multiple goals for the development team throughout the season.

One thing for sure, Huddersfield Town Women will have a team represented in the County Cup final, however we will find out which one it will be by the close of Thursday.

Development Team Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“The main thing from the game is that we have absolutely nothing to lose. We just need to go onto the pitch confident in our own ability and enjoy the challenge.

“Nothing will change in the terms of the way we approach the game. All I ask is that the players give everything they have got, like they have done for a large majority of the season.”

Kamran Hussian against Loughborough
Credit: Jess Hornby

First Team Coach Kamran Hussain said:

“The approach, mentality and training is the same as any other opposition we come against. An opportunity for silverware is the end goal, but there are still a few hurdles and challenges in our way

The Devs team are full of young talented players, who will definitely be up for the occasion, and to show what they are made of. So there is no complacency on our part. It’s our goal to achieve silverware, and if that means beating the devs for it, then that is the next challenge we must overcome.

Kick off is Thursday 7th April at 7:45pm at the Stafflex Arena. Tickets can be purchased on the day with Adults £5, Concessions £3 and U18 Free.

Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on @HTAFCWomenDevs. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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