Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team get their League Cup campaign underway on Sunday as they host Stockport County in the determining round.
The Terriers play host to Stockport after they travelled to Greater Manchester last weekend in the league. After a massive victory, Town will play the same team for the second week running, and although this game is in a different competition, the same level of quality is expected from both sides.
Last season, Town did not compete in the cup after their season was disrupted by the pandemic and this season they will be looking to get one step further than they did in the 2019/20 season.
Making it all the way to the semi-final, Town beat Blackburn Rovers and Durham before eventually being knocked out by Nottingham Forest. Town fell just short of the mark after making it all the way to penalties, before Forest booked their place in the final.
This weekend’s opponents, Stockport County, hosted Town last weekend in the Northern Reserves Division and it was the Terriers who came out on top. A hattrick from Falone Sumaili and a brace from Sian Gibrill-Keating secured all three points.
But as the team face the same opponents for the second week running, manager Alan Eastwood is aware of the challenges that come with that.
“It is always difficult playing the same side twice in a week as it will be fresh in the oppositions minds on how we play. We have to try and counteract that now and come up with a plan to make us less predictable to try and catch them out.
“The main thing last week was the clean sheet and we have to start priding ourselves on not conceding. If we can do the same again this week and be on form in front of goal as well then we progress to the next round, however, we must show the same work ethic and have the right mindset again to ensure that happens.
“Its absolutely no different from a league game and we will be fielding a team we think are capable of getting the best performance from the team.
“There’s a huge difference in saying you want to win something and showing you want to win something. Actions speak a thousand times louder than words so we have to prepare well, work hard and carry on the momentum we are creating at the minute. We’ll take it one game at a time and see what happens.”
Town host Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday with a kick-off time of 14:00. Fans are welcome to attend to the game free of charge with live updates match updates throughout the day at @HTAFCWomenDevs on Instagram and Twitter.