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MATCH PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS VS CHORLEY WOMEN

Huddersfield Town Women Devs face an important top of the table clash against title rivals Chorley Women.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. Having won 14 of their 16 matches and are riding high in the table. Their opponents this weekend are Chorley Women. The Lancastrian side have played three more games than Town, and until the Terriers defeated Leeds United were top of the league. 

If the Terriers beat or draw against Chorley, the title will be heading to West Yorkshire and Huddersfield Town.

The teams have already met twice this season. Once in the reverse fixture at Chorley, and the other was in the quarter final of the League Cup.

The away fixture saw both sides share the points as they split four goals between them. However, last time out in the League Cup was a more thrilling match. Town Devs took the lead in the first quarter of the first half when Sian Gibrill-Keating netted from a super cross from Lois Mattock. 

Chorley kept pressing for the equaliser, and levelled the score on the half hour mark. The second half proved vital, and both sides were looking to score to avoid extra time and penalties.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Fresh legs were brought on by both sides as Town Devs and Chorley Women looked for the killer blow, and it was Chorley that struck what they thought was the winning goal to move through in the Cup. However, Town Women Devs were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area in the dying minutes of the game. Tara Duce stepped up and the ball flew into the back of the net to level up the match.

Photo: Jess Hornby

With everything on the line, and Huddersfield Town Women Devs now level, stoppage time arrived. Less than a minute after the restart Alice Linsell scored a screamer of a goal from a Town free kick on the half way line. The free kick was cleared by a defender, but only as far as Linsell, who didn’t hesitate and sent Town Women Devs through to the semi final of the cup.

Players to watch

Midfielder Tara Duce works her socks off for the team, and this weekend will be no different. Duce loves set pieces, and will be ready to step up should the Terriers be awarded any in this top of the table clash.

Top goal scorer Sian Gibrill-Keating has to be mentioned again, her record speaks for itself this season. Scoring in practically every game she has played the striker will certainly want to end the season on a high with more goals.

If Chorley beat Town Devs on Sunday, goal difference still comes into the equation. The Devs have the better goal difference, so unless Chorley put over 30 goals into the back of the Town net, it’s unlikely to change the league positions.

Speaking about league position, Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We certainly won’t be taking our foot off the gas until the very last whistle of the season has been blown. We’ll be playing with intent, the same way we have all season and look to carry on our positive momentum.

On this weeks opposition:

We know that Chorley are a very good side, with dangerous players who can hurt us, if we are not on our game. It’s all about being solid as a defensive unit and clinical up top when the chances come. This is what has got us into this position in the league. Hopefully we can get over the line on Sunday and I know the players are up for it, and extremely keen to get on the pitch

Huddersfield Town Devs welcome Chorley Women Reserves to the Stafflex Arena for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Leeds United Reserves VS Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip to West Yorkshire for a derby against Leeds United. 

PHOTO: EVA RAE PHOTOS

On Tuesday, Huddersfield Town Women Development Team travel to Leeds United to see if they can continue their unbeaten run this season. The hosts are also on a current unbeaten streak, with their last defeat coming back in March.

Top of the League Town travel the short distance to their local rivals. Last time out the match ended all square with both teams earning a point.

Town started well in the first half with Macy Ellis scoring in the opening minute of the game, with Tara Duce scoring to make it two to Town. However a late fight back from United made the game all square at full-time.

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The Terriers will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the table, by beating rivals Leeds United Reserves. Town Women Devs have four games in hand on Chorley, but are level on points, however, Town have a better goal difference.

A victory against the Whites will extend the lead at the top, with the season coming to a close, Town Devs will be looking to finish at the top of the table to cap a brilliant unbeaten season.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We were fantastic as a team last week, we have come so far as a solid unit. We need to be doing it consistently now until the end of the season, if we keep applying the positives to each game then we should be in for a great finish.”

On the team as a whole:

Goals from all areas of the pitch, and a solid defensive set up from the front to the back, is what has got us to where we are in the table. It’s great not having to rely on one or two players for goals.

The strength in depth, energy and attitude of those coming on as subsitutes in the games is fantastic. We just need this from them for the remaining games, and the players know they have to be ready for the vital games ahead.

Players to Watch

Sian Gibrill-Keating has an impressive record this season, scoring in almost every game she has played in. Town Women’s top scorer will be looking to add to her tally against local rivals.

Tara Duce loves scoring against Leeds, as with the last game against the Whites the midfielder will be looking to get the ball in the back of the net again.

Huddersfield Town Devs face Leeds United Women Reserves at Crofton Community Centre at 19.45 kick off on Tuesday 26th April, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Leeds United VS Huddersfield Town Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip for the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United. 

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

On Sunday, our Development Team travel to Leeds United to see if they can make it ten wins in a row, but also continuing their unbeaten run this season. Compared to this weekends hosts, who come into this game on the back of back-to-back defeats.

Top of the League Town travel the short distance to their local rivals. Last time out the match ended all square with both teams earning a point.

Town started well in the first half with Macy Ellis scoring in the opening minute of the game. Ellis beat two United defenders on the way to the goal.

The Whites pushed for the equaliser but all efforts on goal were either wide or straight to the Terriers keeper. Town went further ahead when Tara Duce scored a stunning goal. Duce was just outside the centre circle when she saw her chance, the power on her strike meant the United keeper was unable to stop the ball despite getting a hand on it.

Town went into the break 2-0 up. In the second half both teams had chances, and the keepers were the hero’s keeping the ball out of the net. With eight minutes left of the match, United found a consulation goal and now searched for an equaliser. Barely four minutes later and they secured the point after getting their second goal.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We’re a different side to who faced Leeds at the start of the season, so it will be interesting to see houw much we have learnt over the past few months.”

“Drawing after being 2-0 up was disappointing, but it’s about showing how far we have come as a team now. We know they are a very well organised unit and can hurt teams on the break. We have to be switched on right from the first whistle.”

Players to Watch

The hosts will be hoping Katie Astle and Abbie Langstaff have their shooting boots on this weekend, having scored 16 and 10 goals respectively in all competitions so far this season. However, on the other end of the pitch, they have not managed to keep a clean sheet yet this season, which could work perfectly for Town, who have scored more than twice in every single game so far.

Town are also lethal in front of goal with Duce, Macy Ellis, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Falone Sumaili all scoring seven or more each so far this campaign.

Huddersfield Town Devs face Leeds United Women Reserves at Crofton Community Centre at 14:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 3-2 Chorley Reserves

Town come from behind to put their name in the hat for the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Photo: Jess Hornby

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team sensationally scored two goals in stoppage time to come from behind to beat Chorley and continue their run in the League Cup.

With Town and Chorley in first and second in the league respectively, this quarter-final tie at the Stafflex Arena promised to be entertaining from the get-go, and it is safe to say, it lived up to the hype.

It took a while for the hosts to get into the game, somewhat struggling to string a few passes together and yet, somehow, we managed to find the back of the net just a quarter way through the first half. A great piece of play lead to Lois Mattock being able to cross the ball into the box, and as it flew towards the back post, Sian Gibrill-Keating was on hand to pass the ball into the back of the net.

However, Chorley continued to press and push for their equaliser as the game continued and on the half an hour mark, they were rewarded. A wonderful strike flew into the top corner and Town’s number one Laura Carter had no chance in saving the effort. It proved vital because it drew the game level heading into the break despite the chances both sides created in the final 10 minutes of the half.

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Into the second half and both sides had a tough 45 minutes on their hands if they wanted to avoid extra time and penalties in the quarter-finals and just seven minutes after the restart, Chorley found a breakthrough. The visitors had a corner that was hit into the back of the net, and now Town chased the game looking for their equaliser.

As the game continued, both sides created chances, but for different reasons. With Town’s chances falling to Gibrill-Keating, Macy Ellis, Tara Duce and Lois Scholefield, the Terriers were hunting their equaliser but just failed on the finishing touches half a dozen times.

Both sides began making changes in the second half to bring on fresh legs, and it was Town’s substitution Laura who was closest to the target in an attempt to get her side back in the game. However, time was running out for the hosts.

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In the dying moments of the game, Gibrill-Keating won a free kick on the edge of the box and it only seemed fitting that set-piece maestro Duce stepped up to take what could have been the last chance of the game. After complaints from the Chorley players, Duce stepped up under pressure and, well, she was never going to miss in that situation. The ball flew into the top corner and Town were level. A huge pile on happened and with what should have been the last kick of the game, the Terriers were level.

But, that was not the end of the game. Could Town find a winner? Was we about to come back from behind to win in stoppage time? You best believe we did just that. 57 seconds after the restart following Duce’s equaliser, we found our winner.

Town had a free kick near the half way line that was cleared by the defender, but only as far as Alice Linsell who sensationally hit the ball and it flew into the back of the net. It raised the question did she mean to do that? but did it matter, not at all, it was a winning goal that sent us into the next round of the cup and it was a quality goal at that.

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At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood was speechless, but proud of his players. He said: “That second half, i’ve just said to the girls, we’ve stuck together as a team. I said to Steve (Winterburn) with five minutes to go, ‘if it doesn’t come off today, we’ve given absolutely everything that we possibly can’ and I think that’s probably deserved in the end just for effort alone, but fair play to Chorley, they were fantastic.

“What a feeling. Sometimes you need to create your own luck and I think, at the end of the day, we probably deserved that today. There is no way at the start of the season we would have won that game.”

Town now have a semi-final League Cup tie to look forward to with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Enfield Town and Southampton joining them in the hat for the next round. Competitively, the Terriers now prepare for a league game against Leeds United whilst they await the outcome of the draw.

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MATCH PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN DEVS VS CHORLEY WOMEN

Huddersfield Town Women Devs are in cup action this Sunday against Chorley in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Cup. 

PHOTO: STEVE WINTERBURN

The Devs are on a good run of form coming into this one recording back-to-back 4-1 victories over Liverpool Feds and Brighouse Town in the league. 

The Terriers have made it to the quarter-finals of the cup after beating Stockport County Reserves and Durham Cestria Reserves in 5-1 and 4-2 victories respectively.

At the start of the season, Town travelled to Chorley in the league with the whistling concluding a 2-2 stalemate in Lancashire. This weekend the Devs will be aiming for a better outcome and to come out on top to send them into the semi-finals. 

But their opponents Chorley Reserves are in great form themselves, having not lost in all competitions September and beating Brighouse Town 3-1 in the first round to earn a trip to the Stafflex in the quarter-finals. 

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Speaking ahead of the game, Devs manager Alan Eastwood is feeling confident: “We’ve trained extremely hard and as a solid unit again this week. The players now realise that Steve (Winterburn) and I have high expectations of them and they understand we are trying to get the very best out of them. We know what went wrong against them in the league and we’re going to try to put that right on Sunday”.

“It’s certainly not a break and/or chance to take our foot off the gas. It’s important to build momentum and we’ll be going out on Sunday with the main goal of performing well and improving even further from last week. Chorley is a very good side and it’s important we don’t take our eye off the ball.”

Huddersfield Town Devs welcome Chorley Women Reserves to the Stafflex Arena for a 13:00 kick off on Sunday, and fans are more than welcome to come down and cheer the team on. Can’t make it to the game? Updates will be on our socials throughout the afternoon, including live match updates, at @htafcwomendevs on Instagram and Twitter.

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MATCH REPORT: Chorley Reserves 2-2 Huddersfield Town Devs

Development Team draw in first away game of the season as they travel to Chorley Reserves.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travelled to Chorley Reserves on Sunday where they played out an entertaining draw for the fans who came along to watch on the cloudy afternoon. 

After a delay to kick off, the game finally had a referee and 10 minutes behind schedule, the game was underway and it was a very strong start for the Terriers.

In the opening stages of the game, Town had three consecutive corners that were well defended before the third corner found Macy Ellis in the box, whose shot was fired into the side netting.

As the first half continued, the Terriers continued piling the pressure on their opponents, and Tara Duce left the ball just outside of the box for Alice Linsell to have a shot, that just was just short of the crossbar.

Just a few moments later, Gaby makes a fantastic cross into the box that hits the head of Falone Sumaili, the Chorley goalkeeper made her first of many excellent saves to keep the shot out. Town won a corner.

After having a number of corners up to now, Duce fired the ball into the box once again and eventually, the ball fell for Sumaili. Sumaili brought the ball down to her feet and had a shot that was fired straight into the back of the net. The striker once again scored for Town to extend her run of scoring in every game she has played for the Terriers.

After the opening goal of the game, Chorley started to find their feet and begun to string a number of passes together. But, it was Town U18 player Alyssa who had the next shot of the game. Sian Gibrill-Keating played a lovely through ball to the youngster, whose shot failed to find the back of the net.

Gibrill-Keating found the back of the net however less than a minute later. Sumaili’s shot was blocked and Gibrill-Keating was the first to react to the loose ball.

As the second half begun, both sides saw plenty of the ball, and half an hour before the end, Chorley scored twice in five minutes. The Terrier’s opposition now levelled the score line and a fiery end of the game was on the cards.

In the final periods of the game, Sumaili had a great shot from just outside the box, her shot well saved and hit onto the crossbar by the Chorley goalkeeper. 

However, it was Chorley who looked more likely to grab the winner after they pressed towards the Town goal. A number of chances for the hosts were just wide of the goal as they looked to complete the comeback. 

The game ended in a draw, with the hosts expected to be the happier of both sides. Town failed to take their chances in the first half and were left to regret that. 

At full-time, newly appointed manager Alan Eastwood touched on the result and performance:

“Of course we are disappointed with a point after such a good start but saying that, I think we could have easily lost it at the end conceding three or four corners in the last few minutes but we defended those well and there is lots of positives to build on.

“I think if we had played as we did maybe in the first hour, it would have been a different story but we have not quite adapted to the way the opposition changed today and that’s the main thing we need to build on next week.”

Another point for Town Devs however this weekend as they begin preparations for back-to-back home games against Leeds United and Sheffield FC in the coming weeks.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs Travel to Chorley for Second Game of Season

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Chorley Reserves on Sunday in the second game of their league campaign.

After scoring five in their first game of the season, the Devs travel to Chorley to continue their campaign. This will be their first competitive game away from home this season and their four away games during pre-season have helped the Terriers be well prepared for this weekend’s challenge. 

This week the Terriers announced that Alan Eastwood has taken over the role as Development Team Manager with Steve Winterburn joining the team as a coach. With this weekend set to be their first game in charge, they are ready to kickstart their new role with a win at Chorley.

Prior to Eastwood joining the team as manager, he coached the team as they hosted Liverpool Feds in their opening game of the season alongside Mo Mouelhi. The new boss is well aware of the strengths and minor weaknesses his side have after their opening day victory. 

“It was a good start and scoring five is always satisfying, but we conceded twice straight after scoring. We need to up our concentration levels and ensure any errors like this are eradicated and defend more solidly as a unit. 

“We have worked hard on that this week so I’m looking for a response from the players to take this onto the pitch on Sunday. Although last week was a bit scrappy at times, I was extremely pleased with the teams effort.”

During the week, the Terriers have had two training sessions to build on that performance. Eastwood continued:

“I’m feeling a lot more relaxed now we have had two decent training sessions to put right a few things that we needed to improve on from last week. 

“If we take that into the game on Sunday we are giving ourselves a decent chance of getting a result. But overall I’m buzzing like the rest of the squad who can’t wait to cross that white line again.”

Chorley hosted Brighouse Town in their first game of the campaign, with the game ending a draw, our opponents this weekend will be looking to build on that performance, but Eastwood and his team are up for the challenge.

“Away games are only as tricky as you make them. Our best performance of pre season was away against Leicester who are a very well established side. So its about doing what we do best, just on a different field of grass. 

“I’m sure Chorley will be up for the game and they will be looking to build on their point from last week, so we have to make sure we prepare exactly the same we do for any other game and go out there and give it our all.”

Town will continue their campaign on Sunday at JMO Sports Park in their 2pm kick off, with fans welcome, tickets are priced at £3 for adults and free for U16s. 

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