MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Hull City Reserves

• Town Women welcome East Yorkshire side
•  Huddersfield Town Women Devs edging up the table

Credit: Eva Rae Photos

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team host Hull City Reserves for reverse fixture following their victory against the same side just three weeks ago.

Last time out, the Devs travelled to Middlesbrough reserves. Boro struggled against the high flying Terriers, who enjoyed a goal fest at the Herlingshaw Centre.

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FAWNL Reserves Northern Division, having played 14 matches, winning 12 and drawing two.

The Terriers still have four games in hand on Chorley who are at the top of the league, only three points behind the leaders.

Town will be looking to continue their great league form on Sunday and try to get closer to Chorley who are closer to the end of their campaign.

The visitors are Hull City Reserves. The East Yorkshire side have played one more game than Chorley, and are currently ninth in the table.

City have won four of their 19 games, losing 14 with one drawn. The Tigresses sit third from bottom and have played the most games of all teams in the league.

Hull City women had a very close game against Middlesbrough themselves recently. The East Yorkshire side went 2-0 down, but pushed hard and scored a consulation goal.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Hull will be desperate to earn a win. The hosts last won a league game in January, against bottom of the table Barnsley.

The only other point that Hull City have achieved was in a draw against Stockport County.

Last time Out

The Terriers dominated the Tigresses at Haworth Park, although the pitch was not the easiest to play on. Uneven surfaces meant the game didn’t really get going at first. However, Town were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, and Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and sent their ‘keeper the wrong way. Tara Duce and Lois Mattock ensured that Town headed into the break well up.

Steve Winterburn commented on the last fixture against the East Yorkshire side

Last time out at Hull we approached the game in the same manner, but we were met with a couple of unexpected issues, which we coped with well.

One being a very dry, uneven and bobbly pitch. The other being a very enthusiastic and quite physically strong oppostition. To be honest, on reflection I have to say I am shocked by their league position. I really thought they gave us a good game, which we had to adapt to quickly and knuckle down in, despite the scoreline.

Players to watch

Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are both the ones to watch in this match. Hird and Buckle are a centre half duo who have been instrumental in recent Town Women performances and have not conceded in the league in over a month.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Winterburn continued: “Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Sunday against Hull but we are well aware that all our remaining matches will not be easy as now we have put ourselves into a good position, others around us will be trying that little bit harder to derail us but we have prepared well as we have been doing all season.”

Huddersfield Town devs are riding high in the table, and will want to build on the team spirit, togetherness and confidence. However, now is not the time to become blasé. Losing concentration or taking the win for granted can be the downfall.

Kick off is Sunday 24th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. 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 @HTAFCWomendevs plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.


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