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MATCH PREVIEW: Barnsley vs Huddersfield Town

Town Women in second consecutive cup final

– Town Women face Barnsley on Saturday 30 April 2022
– Two sides meet in Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup Final
– Find out our Players to Watch

Huddersfield Town Women play their second consecutive cup final on Saturday when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster for the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

After beating their Development Team in the semi-final, Town Women make the trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday morning to take on Barnsley in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Town’s run to the final started in the quarter-final. Although, they were supposed to host Sheffield United in the fourth round, the Terriers received a bye to the next round after United had ineligible players in the side. 

Fast forward to the quarter-final and another home time for Town saw a victory against Doncaster Belles at the Stafflex Arena. Laura Elford the goal scorer on the day to secure the win with a narrow victory.

In the semi-final, in a rather unusual turn of events, Town hosted their Development Team and eventually used their experience to find the victory. 

Compared to Barnsley who beat Rotherham United Whitehill Women & Girls 6-nil in the fourth round, Sheffield FC 2-nil in the quarter-final and Oughtibridge WM Women FC First 4-mil in the semi-final. 

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

There is some controversy surrounding the tie, with Barnsley disappointed about the scheduling of the fixture. The Tykes were supposed to travel to Newcastle to play the Magpies at St. James Park in what would have been a monumental game, however, that game was rescheduled with the final taking priority.

This doesn’t affect Town however, who will be ready and raring to go at 10:30am on Saturday morning.

Their opposition, Barnsley, currently sit in eighth in the Division One North. Having won eight games and drawn two, they are just above the relegation zoom after 21 games. They have one league game left, the rescheduled Newcastle United game.

Last weekend, Town travelled to Solihull Moors in the League Cup Final. Although the game didn’t end in victory for the Terriers, it was the club’s first ever final and the score line, 3-nil, did not reflect the game. 

The Terriers will be looking to go one step further this weekend with victory against the Tykes.

(Pic by Jessica Hornby)

Players to Watch 

Jodie Michalaska is the Tykes top goal scorer in all competitions this season. She has scored 12 goals and will be looking at add to that tally. Barnsley player Eve Marshall is also highlighted as one to watch, as her anger directed towards the FA could prove costly if she chooses to react positively on the pitch. 

Town will have Falone Sumaili in their matchday squad on Sunday. The Development Team player was cup tied with our first-team for the County Cup and will be looking to prove herself on the huge platform this weekend. Sumaili has scored 15 goals in 16 games for Town’s Devs team and earned herself a call-up to her national side Burundi. 

She will be looking to add to that tally and score for our first-team just as she did in the semi-final this weekend in their search for silverware.

How to watch 

Fans can support Town in person this weekend when they travel to the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster. Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JW. 

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £5 for seniors and £1 for under-17s with fans able to buy tickets on the day when there is one cash turnstile open. 

The 10:30am kick off may be an early start, but it is a great opportunity to support the women’s team before the men’s team play Coventry United at 15:00. 

Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH REPORT: TOWN DEVS 12-0 BARNSLEY

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team return to league football with a thumping win.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

For the first time in 49 days Town played league football as they welcomed bottom of the table Barnsley to the Stafflex Arena. With Town looking to push themselves back up the table, and the visitors wanting to avoid worsening their -64 goal difference, it was set to be a real test for the Tykes. 

The Terriers were off the mark however after only 20 seconds as Sian Gibrill Keating took advantage of complacent passing from the Barnsley midfield and was able to slide it past the ‘keeper to give her side the lead. 

The lead was doubled only a minute later as Molly Ellis rifled an effort into the net from the right-hand side of the box. Town were to get one more before half time, despite some good goalkeeping, as Laura received the ball from Macy Ellis and placed it into the bottom corner.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

The home side started the second half as they ended the first as on 52 minutes Molly Ellis put in a wonderful cross for Laura to volley home her second of the day. Only a minute after, Gibrill-Keating claimed her second of the day and shortly after, Laura got her hattrick after taking it around the ‘keeper to get Town’s sixth.

Laura eventually went on to gain her fourth and fifth goals of the day on the 64th and 66th minutes as Town continued to bolster the score line in their favour. It then wasn’t long before substitute Falone Sumaili managed to get on the scoresheet as well on her return to the team.

15 minutes before the end, Laura claimed her sixth of the game as she was found by Molly Ellis who played it across the box for her brilliantly. Town’s 11th was scored two minutes from time as substitute Lois Scholefield found the back of the net with a well placed strike. 

To pile on more misery, Cassidy Clift found the net with the final kick of the game to finish off a brilliant afternoon for Town.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

Reflecting on the game manager Alan Eastwood said: “we got together at half time and despite the surface we were devastating in the second half and saw goals from goalscorers all over the pitch.”

Town are now in second in the Reserves Northern Division behind Chorley, who are five points ahead having played four more games. On Sunday, our Development Side travel to 5th placed Durham. 

Report by Jack Vernoum.

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