Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad played West Bromwich Albion Women on Sunday afternoon at Hadley Stadium.
This match featured a Town team raring to get firing again after ending the previous season in winning ways, with this meeting against the Baggies being their first. Despite Town not knowing what they were facing, they continued their dynamic flowing, confident style of football.
During the 8th minute, a lofted cross from Gibrill-Keating made its way into the box, meeting with the head of a West Brom defender and rippled into the net to give Town the lead.
A few minutes followed and Town were on the break again, with Laura doubling the lead after striking the ball with an intent to score. This was soon cancelled out as a disguised through ball from West Brom set their attacker alert to pounce and finish across goal into the bottom corner.
This goal gave West Brom momentum, and doing so allowed them to equalise, but a long-range effort was denied by Alex in goal. The match featured several chances deprived of due to being offside, but when the chance came for West Brom to equalise, they took it, with the goal being given against the linesman.
Shortly in succession, Town were through on goal, with Trialist setting aim and striking into the back of the net, just before halftime approached, with Town 3-2 up after a fantastic half of football.
In the early minutes of the second half, both sides exchanged chances, with the West Brom keeper forcing a strong save from the shot of Gaby, and a West Brom corner leaving Alex unfazed as the ball is headed straight into his hands.
In the 62nd minute, Town were caught out as West Brom found themselves an equaliser. However, this did not worry Town for long. A corner was not dealt with by the Baggies defence and a scuffle in the box gave Town the chance to regain the lead.
Once again, Alex made a great save to deny the Baggies, and shortly after this, Town charged forward and a lovely, well executed pass finds Trialist in the box who managed to give Town their fifth and final goal of the afternoon.
The referee blew his whistle to signal for full time, and Town could be proud of themselves after an intense match against West Brom ends 5-3 to Huddersfield Town, who will be aiming to continue their form during these pre-season friendlies and transitioning into the season.
Report by Arjun Singh.