Report by Joe Edge.
Huddersfield Town Development Team pick up a massive three points against Leeds United to put them on the brink of winning the league.
After Chorley were defeated ofer the weekend, Town headed into this game knowing three points would put them in pole position for the title.
However, it was a different challenge for the Terriers who played their first league game under the lights in an evening kick off last night.
Town started the match quickly however and in the ninth minute the deadlock was broken through a goal from Macy Ellis. Tara Duce played a great lofted ball into the box and Sian Gibrill-Keating’s effort hit the crossbar, but the ball fell perfectly to Macy Ellis who tapped it in at the back post.
The second of the night came as a result of another cross, Duce this time from a corner. The corner was won by Sharone Buckle whose looping header was initially saved by the Leeds ‘keeper, but the rebound fell to Kayley Hird who made it 2-0 to the Terriers on the 32nd minute.
A strong half from Town saw them go into half time with a deserved 2-nil lead after defending well and being in the right place, at the right time.
The Terriers started the second half just as they ended the first and in the 61st minute they got their third goal. After having a penalty claim waved away by the referee, Town played on and then a few moments later Gibrill-Keating managed to set up Alice Linsell with some great play. Linsell slotted the ball powerfully into the back of the net to make it three.
In the 78th minute mark, Leeds United almost pulled one back after having a shot hit the bar and then just moments later Laura Carter made a great save from another United effort.
Town saw the remainder of the game out well to secure another three points and their fifth clean sheet in a row.
At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “I felt we defended very, very well against a team that were very threatening from set-pieces and all over the park we won our personal battles, which is really, really good.
“We made a couple of changes just to keep the legs fresh, the players that came in today were absolutely fantastic.
“We’ll have a bit of a difficult training session on Thursday, but we will deal with it the exact same we have all season. Until it’s mathematically done we’re certainly not celebrating anything.”
Town’s Development Team are back in action this Sunday against Chorley at the Stafflex Arena with a 2pm kick off. A draw or win would secure Town the title, we need all your support on what should be a monumental day for our up and coming Terriers