MATCH PREVIEW: Middlesbrough vs Huddersfield Town Devs

It’s a top of the table clash on Sunday in North Yorkshire as table-toppers Town travel to second-place Boro in an early tie between title challengers.

Leoni Price HTWFC Devs

After over-taking Boro at the top of the table last Sunday, Town Devs travel to North Yorkshire where they hope to create a gap between themselves and their opposition.

Boro could not have started their season any better than they had, winning the first five games on the bounce, scoring 26 and conceding only four goals in the process. However, since then, they have lost their last two league games, conceding five and scoring twice. 

With that great start to the campaign, Boro were flying at the top of the table, especially with the Terriers dropping points with two draws in their opening five games.

However, Town are now the only side undefeated in the Reserves Division North, having won five of their opening seven games, and taking a point from Chorley Women and Leeds United. 

HTWFC Devs against Barnsley

With a win on Sunday, Town have the chance to go five points clear at the top of the table, whereas if Boro win, they will be one point ahead of the Terriers. 

Last time the Terriers travelled to Middlesbrough College, the hosts took an early lead, before Emma Samways scored an equaliser minutes before the break. Just after half-time, Macy Ellis scored before Kayley Hird scored from a corner to seal the victory for Town.

ONES TO WATCH: 

Town // Macy Ellis

  • Macy Ellis has been in fine form for Town throughout the season, and continued when she returned from injury last week. Ellis has scored four in her five appearances this season and having scored against Boro last time out, will be looking to continue her run of form tomorrow.

Boro // Kerri Heslop

  • Despite Boro having 16 of their players score this season already, Kerri Heslop is our player to watch. Heslop has scored six in her eight performances this season, and having proven she is clinical in front of goal will need to be marked closely to ensure she doesn’t find the back of the net on Sunday. 
HTWFC Devs against Stockport County

However, there has been a big change in management at Boro over the last week, as long-serving manager Josh Ward has departed the club, with Ethan Oswald stepping up and taking charge. Town will need to be wary of the “new manager buzz” that their opposition will be feeling, however, the Terriers are in great form themselves after Alan Eastwood took charge in the summer.

Eastwood spoke about the challenge at hand this weekend: “We just need to be consistent. We’re learning new aspects of our game week in week out and working all the time to improve on areas that need it. 

“The positive is that we’re transferring this onto the pitch at the minute and we need to keep that going. We’re approaching the game the same as any other and once again we need to be solid as a unit. The atmosphere and morale amongst the players is improving all the time and that comes with hard work and unity.”

Town travel to Boro in what will be a 2pm kick off, with updates on Twitter and Instagram throughout the afternoon. 

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