MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 5-0 Middlesbrough

Town Women’s Development Team nail a five-star performance as they score a handful of goals on a sunny Sunday afternoon in West Yorkshire.

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

On Sunday, Town’s Development Team were back in league action as they hosted Middlesbrough in their first tie against the North Yorkshire side this season and it was all success for the Terriers who put five past their opposition.

The chances were flying from the first whistle, with Town piling pressure on the visitors from the first kick of the game. In the fourth minute, the early pressure paid off as the Terriers won a corner that was deflected into the back of the net for an own-goal. 

Then, just four minutes later, Sian Gibrill-Keating scored to continue her run of finding the back of the net in every game this calendar year. Lois Scholefield sent a threatening cross in for Macy Ellis, but it was Gibrill-Keating who found the back of the net at the back post.

As the clock ticked towards the quarter of an hour mark, Town continued to pile pressure onto Boro who were struggling to find their feet in the game. The third goal of the game came in the 17th minute when Scholefield found Laura who was on hand to head the ball into the back of the net. It was a very comfortable opening quarter of the game for the Terriers, who were in control and making it hard for Boro from the get go. 

The final goal of the first half came from Macy Ellis. Laura turned creator this time as Ellis beat the offside flag and found the back of the net. It seemed there was almost no way back for the visitors now, with another 45 minutes still to go.

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

Just six minutes into the second half, and Town continued the same way they did at the start of the game, dominating the ball and taking their chances at goal. 

The fifth and final goal of the game was scored just after the break with Macy Ellis scoring her second of the afternoon. Some intelligent midfield play from Lois Mattock, Leoni Price and Molly Ellis in midfield gave Macy the time and space to get the shot away, and she was never going to miss.

As the second half continued to play out, Town kept looking for the next goal to extend their lead and improve their goal difference. Second half substitution Mia had a great chance, but was unlucky when she couldn’t get the ball out of her feet quick enough to find the back of the net.

In the end it was a comfortable win for the Terriers, who are chasing Chorley at the top of the table. The Lancashire side currently stand eight points ahead of our Development Team, but having played five more games. 

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood said: 

“They’re a great team. They were up there challenging us at the start of the season, we’re just taking it game by game at the minute. If somebody had told me two hours ago there was going to be a five-nil outcome, I’d have been very, very happy with that. 

“I would say that’s probably the best 45 minutes we’ve put in, in that first-half today. If we can continue and build on that from now until the end of the season then I think it is going to be very promising.”

Town are in action again on Sunday 3rd April when we travel east across Yorkshire to take on Hull City. Follow our social media channels @htafcwomendevs for updates throughout the week.

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