Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team put on a dominant display against Brighouse Town Women, running out 4-1 winners when they visited the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. The win sees them maintain their unbeaten season sitting top of the league table.


Town started the game well, creating a number of early chances before opening the scoring after just 11 minutes. Sian Gibrill-Keating slotted the ball neatly into the back of the net after rounding the Brighouse ‘keeper.

With 26 minutes played Town continued to control possession and Sharone Buckle doubled our lead. After a goalmouth scramble the centre-half picked up the ball and her overhead kick found its way through the bodies and into the net.

Just three minutes later Macy Ellis hit a wonder strike that flew into the top corner, increasing Town’s lead and putting them comfortably in the lead at the break.

Brighouse were awarded a penalty just before half-time, giving them a chance to pull one back. However, Laura Carter was on hand to save the spot-kick and maintain her clean sheet.


Quickly after the restart, Falone Sumaili added her name to the score sheet, slotting the ball into the corner to score her team’s fourth.

Town were given the second penalty of the game with an hour played. After converting two spot kicks already this season, captain Kayley Hird stepped up to the spot but the Brighouse keeper made a fine save to deny the Terriers their fifth goal.

Brighouse pulled a goal back however in the last two minutes of play but it was too late for them to turn the game around and Town took all three points.


After the game manager Alan Eastwood said: “Today we were together as a team and battled hard like we knew we’d have to against a decent team. To get another three points on top of that performance feels fantastic.

“We’ve had a variety of scorers all season and it’s great to see that so many can contribute to the scoreline in different phases of play.

“We’re halfway through the season and it’s up to us to carry on pushing forward as a team and keep developing in the right areas. A quarter-final next week is another huge test for us and we can’t wait to get back on that pitch.”

Next Sunday the team return to the Stafflex Arena when they face Chorley in the Reserves League Cup before league action resumes away to Leeds United on the 6th February.

You can follow match build-up on our social media channels throughout the week at @htafcwomendevs. 

Report by Louise Golby.



MATCH REPORT: Town Women Held at Home Against Brighouse Town on Wednesday Night at the Stafflex Arena

Huddersfield Town Women played out a thrilling game of football against local rivals Brighouse Town with early chances, both teams having the fair share of possession during the 90 minutes. The first half was intriguing to say the least as both teams enjoyed attacking, free flowing football under the lights with a packed house watching on.

In the 14th minute mark the visitors were to create their first real chance in the opening period out of both teams, the ball delivered into the box but snatched at, as it slowly crept into the goalkeepers gloves.

As the contest took its cause under the lights, a good tackle by Paige Crossman was aplauded by the fans with groans following the referees verdict of a thrown in for the visitors. Brighouse themselves continued to threaten piling on their own pressure, up for the fight as they used the wings numerous times to try and exploit the Terriers. A real battle was on our hands from attack to defence as both managers looked on from the touchline.

There were some mistakes made by the Terriers backline but these went unpunished, the Terriers would then go into the break finishing the first half the strongest after winning two corners in quick succession.

Moments later there were cries of a back pass as the Brighouse keeper was adjudged to have breached the ball back into her gloves. Becky Flaherty was highly reponsible in making the biggest impact in the first period making a game defining save just on the brink of half time, saving from the spot wonderfully after Georgia Marshall fouled in the penalty area. This meant both teams went into the break all square with all to do in the second half.

Town put together their first opportunity of the second period straight away fired up from the dressing room, Kate Mallin weaving in and out trying to find the corner, just after Becky Flaherty made another great save this time in a one on one situation. The goalkeeper consistent as ever as she continued to cover nicely running out and getting to the ball first after a Brighouse counter attack in the 57th minute.

Something was to give and this became a reality with 18 minutes to go on the clock. Britt Sanderson converting from close range after the corner kick was delivered in. She was there to poke home. With Steve Appleton going to reinforcements to try and keep hold of the lead or even double it. The visitors looked for a late goal and got their wish as Town were left heartbroken in the last stages the contest ending 1-1.

Steve Appleton, Town manager was left disappointed after his team conceded late on. “It is disappointing it was a very good performance by the girls, I thought we were the better team throughout the game. A bit of a soft penalty which Becky saved again and then the late goal and it’s the only few occasions where I feel they have laid a glove on us. But at this level of football you switch off and teams will take advantage and unfortunately that’s what happened there.”

Appleton is aware his team has a great deal of quality. “I can’t argue with the effort and commitment of the players, they have absolutely everything tonight including a really good performance all round and in the heat of a Derby game to sort of play with the intelligence, the attitude was superb.”

On the goalkeeping option with Bethan Davies available and Becky Flaherty performing well once again. Appleton said, “The goalkeeping situation is a huge part but is isn’t a problem for me personally, it’s fantastic to have such quality in both keepers, the situation is good one.”

With the game out the way at home the Terriers will face Loughborough away this Sunday. Steve Appleton will need to gather his troops ahead of another big game in the league campaign.



MATCH PREVIEW: Town Women take on Brighouse Town in the FAWNL at the Stafflex Arena on Wednesday evening

Town Women host local rivals Brighouse Town in their third game of the season at home in front of fans on Wednesday evening. The fixture is a late 7.45pm kick off with many fans from both sides expected through the gates to witness the action. 

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Despite being in separate leagues last season, both teams met in a thrilling 1-1 draw that saw the Terriers victorious during the penalty shootout. If this Women’s FA Cup match was anything to go by, then Wednesday is set to be another tight contest. Brighouse have also shown that they have an attacking threat with 7 goals scored in 2 games.

Previously Huddersfield made it their first win of the season as they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Billingham Town Football Club on Sunday. Ria Montgomery opened the scoring, a long range strike chopped over the keeper, her first official goal for Town in the 14th minute. Laura Elford made it two 4 minutes later with Katie Stanley finishing the game off in style 5 minutes before half time smashing the ball into the back of the net from close range.

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Interim Manager Steve Appleton gave his take on the feeling around the club at this stage.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such a talented group of players and be part of a club with great staff with the ambition to be successful.”

On his knowledge of the opposition having been involved in the Women’s Football pyramid for some time, Appleton said: 

“I’ve been previously involved at Stoke Women and Liverpool Feds over a number of seasons and have continually followed the league wherever I’ve been coaching. I’ve come up against a lot of teams and players in our league, so I can prepare for games with some knowledge of our opponents as well as putting together a game plan for ourselves.”

The Town Manager admits the occasion is massive with a homecoming for his side. Appleton is committed in keeping momentum going from the successful season last year. 

“You can’t get better than a home debut, under the lights against a local rival, I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll get a good crowd behind us, support good the team.”

“It’s about maintaining a degree of continuity, the club was in a great position when I took over, so the plan is to build on that, we’ve made some great additions to our squad, we’ll try to make some small adjustments to our playing style, but we’re trying to make the transition from pre pandemic to now, as seamless as possible.”

He is relieved to see fans back in the football world and understands what the nature of the game means to so many around the world.

“It’s been so long since anyone has been able to watch football, so just having our supporters there will be a massive boost to everyone and from a personal standpoint, I’m looking forward to meeting with as many as I can.”

“I’ve learnt very quickly how much this game means to the players and from my experience of being involved in local derby’s, I’m expecting nothing less than a full blooded affair, with both teams giving their all for the 3 points. Last seasons FA Cup game won’t count for anything on the day, it’s all about Wednesday night and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.”