MATCH PREVIEW: Leeds United VS Huddersfield Town Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip for the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United. 

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

On Sunday, our Development Team travel to Leeds United to see if they can make it ten wins in a row, but also continuing their unbeaten run this season. Compared to this weekends hosts, who come into this game on the back of back-to-back defeats.

Top of the League Town travel the short distance to their local rivals. Last time out the match ended all square with both teams earning a point.

Town started well in the first half with Macy Ellis scoring in the opening minute of the game. Ellis beat two United defenders on the way to the goal.

The Whites pushed for the equaliser but all efforts on goal were either wide or straight to the Terriers keeper. Town went further ahead when Tara Duce scored a stunning goal. Duce was just outside the centre circle when she saw her chance, the power on her strike meant the United keeper was unable to stop the ball despite getting a hand on it.

Town went into the break 2-0 up. In the second half both teams had chances, and the keepers were the hero’s keeping the ball out of the net. With eight minutes left of the match, United found a consulation goal and now searched for an equaliser. Barely four minutes later and they secured the point after getting their second goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We’re a different side to who faced Leeds at the start of the season, so it will be interesting to see houw much we have learnt over the past few months.”

“Drawing after being 2-0 up was disappointing, but it’s about showing how far we have come as a team now. We know they are a very well organised unit and can hurt teams on the break. We have to be switched on right from the first whistle.”

Players to Watch

The hosts will be hoping Katie Astle and Abbie Langstaff have their shooting boots on this weekend, having scored 16 and 10 goals respectively in all competitions so far this season. However, on the other end of the pitch, they have not managed to keep a clean sheet yet this season, which could work perfectly for Town, who have scored more than twice in every single game so far.

Town are also lethal in front of goal with Duce, Macy Ellis, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Falone Sumaili all scoring seven or more each so far this campaign.

Huddersfield Town Devs face Leeds United Women Reserves at Crofton Community Centre at 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

By Glenys

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