Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team put on a dominant display against Brighouse Town Women, running out 4-1 winners when they visited the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. The win sees them maintain their unbeaten season sitting top of the league table.
Town started the game well, creating a number of early chances before opening the scoring after just 11 minutes. Sian Gibrill-Keating slotted the ball neatly into the back of the net after rounding the Brighouse ‘keeper.
With 26 minutes played Town continued to control possession and Sharone Buckle doubled our lead. After a goalmouth scramble the centre-half picked up the ball and her overhead kick found its way through the bodies and into the net.
Just three minutes later Macy Ellis hit a wonder strike that flew into the top corner, increasing Town’s lead and putting them comfortably in the lead at the break.
Brighouse were awarded a penalty just before half-time, giving them a chance to pull one back. However, Laura Carter was on hand to save the spot-kick and maintain her clean sheet.
Quickly after the restart, Falone Sumaili added her name to the score sheet, slotting the ball into the corner to score her team’s fourth.
Town were given the second penalty of the game with an hour played. After converting two spot kicks already this season, captain Kayley Hird stepped up to the spot but the Brighouse keeper made a fine save to deny the Terriers their fifth goal.
Brighouse pulled a goal back however in the last two minutes of play but it was too late for them to turn the game around and Town took all three points.
After the game manager Alan Eastwood said: “Today we were together as a team and battled hard like we knew we’d have to against a decent team. To get another three points on top of that performance feels fantastic.
“We’ve had a variety of scorers all season and it’s great to see that so many can contribute to the scoreline in different phases of play.
“We’re halfway through the season and it’s up to us to carry on pushing forward as a team and keep developing in the right areas. A quarter-final next week is another huge test for us and we can’t wait to get back on that pitch.”
Next Sunday the team return to the Stafflex Arena when they face Chorley in the Reserves League Cup before league action resumes away to Leeds United on the 6th February.
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Report by Louise Golby.