Development Squad get back to winning ways against lacklustre Middlesbrough.
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Middlesbrough Women’s reserves on Sunday at Middlesbrough College, aiming to end their run of 2 defeats in a row.
The game started slowly with neither team creating many chances, but Town had most of the possession, controlling the ball well – as a result of their work in training. The best chance in the early minutes came from a Macey Ellis ball across the box, but nobody was there to meet it and was gathered up by the ‘Boro keeper.
Then, after 17 minutes, Leoni Price got caught in possession just outside the Town penalty area. It was nicked off her which put the ‘Boro striker 1 on 1 with Lauren Joyce and it was finished into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the home side.
Town kept possession after the first goal, but still didn’t make many chances, although their opponents hardly saw the ball. The best chance that Town had in this slow and steady period was a Tara Duce cross which was aimed for Molly Ellis, but couldn’t be met.
Town then had a chance 3 minutes from the break when Molly Ellis was put 1 on 1 with the ‘Boro keeper, which ended up being saved.
Town finally got their first goal, which was deserved after being so dominant. Emma Samways ran the ball wide and cut into the box, shimmied to get a good angle and fired it into the back of the net to make it 1-1 before the break.
The second half started brightly for Town again and 7 minutes after the restart the Terriers got their second with a beautiful move from the two Ellis sisters. Macey started the move with a pass to Molly, which was reversed back to Macey who found the back of the net to make it 2-1 to the Terriers.
Town then could have made it three when Lois Scholefield ran down the wing and passed infield to Macey Ellis who squared it for Tara Duce, but the striker couldn’t control it with her first touch and the ‘Boro keeper was able to gather.
Town weren’t to be denied a third for long, though and this time it came from a set piece. A corner was whipped in by Duce and, after a melee in the box, Kayley Hird struck a deflected shot into the goal to seal the game at 3-1, capping a dominate attacking display from the Terriers.
Lauren Joyce hadn’t had much to do back in her goal, but her time came when a Middlesbrough chance forced her to save not once but twice before ‘Boro put it over the bar to keep it at 3-1
Town could also have had a fourth goal after Emma Samways was played through 1 on 1, but again the ‘Boro keeper was able to save it.
So, Town have their third win under their belt with a dominant display, however it will be a question of time to when we next return, due to the Government’s second lockdown.
Match Report by : Oliver Holmes