Town’s unbeaten run comes to an end
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played Durham Women’s reserves on Sunday at the Stafflex arena with the aim of continuing their unbeaten run.
The game started very cagey, with very little chances for both teams. Laura Carter was tested early on with a comfortable save, and a shot which went wide. Town also troubled Durham with good work with Cassidy Clift on the wide, sliding it back to Alice Linsell, whose shot went way off target.
The first goal of the game came from a Durham corner 22 minutes in, a good delivery was met with a head, but was bundled into the net, a scrappy goal for town to concede
Durham started to gain momentum, and picked off town’s sloppiness in midfield, but town did have chances to get back into the match, a lovely pass from Macy Ellis into the path of Clift, but the shot from Clift went inches over the bar, by far Town’s best chance of the match.
Then after half an hour, Durham found the net again, with a cross from the wide, which was met by a header, which nestled into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
5 minutes to go, Town received a free-kick from 20 yards out. Cassidy Clift took the shot, but it got deflected and eventually over the bar for a corner, which came to nothing.
The second half started in Town’s favour, with Molly Ellis providing a low cross into the box, no one was there to meet it.Durham received a free kick of their own from 25 yards out. At first it was blocked, the subsequent cross was headed on to the bar, the rebound again was headed on the bar, before town dealt with it
Durham then found a third goal, when they went down the wide an into the box, the ball was shot to go in at the far post, but ended up coming off defender Kayley Hird to make it 0-3.
Town looked for a goal, to gain some momentum, with Molly Ellis just hitting the bar after picking a loose ball inside the opponents’ box.
Finally, Town got their goal, with Alice Linsell, putting a beautiful ball through to Macy Ellis who shot the shot the ball in off the bar and over the line.
Town then started to gain momentum, but not finding anything in the final third as Durham held strong to not concede any more. Then with ten minutes to go, a ball was put in by substitute Tara Duce, which was met by Alice Linsell in the box and found the back of the net, and, suddenly, it looked like we were heading for a grandstand finish.
But a few minutes later after a Durham corner was cleared, a controversial moment in the match. The ball deflected off the referee, and found a Durham player which was crossed into the box and headed over keeper Carter’s head to kill off Town’s momentum and make it 4-2 to the visitors. Town appealed, that it should be brought back for a drop ball, but the referee saw no fault and awarded the goal that sees Town’s unbeaten run come to an end.
They have two weeks to improve, and get back to winning ways when they play Brighouse Town away at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.
FULL TIME: HTWFC 2 – 4 DURHAM WFC
Match Report by : Oliver Holmes