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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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CUP SEMI-FINAL: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Huddersfield Town Women

A place in the County Cup final is at stake as Huddersfiled Town Women face very familiar opposition...

• Both open age Huddersfield teams face each other.
• Semi-Final of Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup
• Watch the game at Stafflex Arena

Both Huddersfield Town Women clubs (first team and development team) have met each other in the County Cup semi-final with a place in the final at stake.

Kicking off at the Stafflex Arena this Thursday 7 April, this inter-club match will test both teams with the development team coming into the fixture with the best form but the first team having the expectation to overcome their younger generation.

HOME: DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Last time out, Town Women Devs were against AFC Bentley Academy Women. The quarter final match never took place, and the Terriers were given the win to progress to the semi final. However, in the fourth round the Town Women Devs were against Harworth Colliery. Town Women dominated the lower league team putting four goals beyond their ‘keeper. Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Reserves Northern Division, having played 13 matches and won 11 and drawn two.

Town Devs have five games in hand on Chorley who sit at the top of the league, only six points adrift from the top spot with a better goal difference. Town will be looking to continue their league form in the cup competition on Thursday 7th April.

The Women Devs have won their last two league matches in FA Reserve Northern Division. The Devs put a total of 12 goals past their last two opponents

AWAY: FIRST TEAM

Paige Cross Celebrates Win against Sheffield
Credit: Oliver Eaton

Huddersfield Town Women left it late to progress to the semi final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup. Playing against Doncaster Rovers Belles, Laura Elford took the ball from the halfway line and managed to get a shot off, which was parried by the Belles keeper into the back of the net in the 75th minute.

Huddersfield Town Women are fifth in the FAWNL Premier Division North. The Terriers have won one and lost one of their last two league matches. Both were against the top two sides. Defeating then second placed Fylde Women 5-1 to gain a vital three points, then suffering a narrow defeat to top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers Women 2-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sian Gibrill-Keating has scored in every game she has played so far in 2022. That is nine games, and at least one goal in each game. Gibrill-Keating will be trying to extend that to double figures with at least one goal this Thursday.

Youngster Laura is another to watch for the Town Women Devs. Although Laura doesn’t have the same record as Gibrill-Keating, she can also find the back of the net. Laura has been sublime for the Devs squad so far this season.

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For the first team; Laura Elford is the player to watch. The forward scored a hat-trick mid week against Fylde. Elford will be hungry for more goals, having not been part of the Wolves squad due to injury.

However Falone Sumaili may get her chance to shine for the first team after making several promising appearances from the bench. The Burundian striker will have a chance to face her regular team having scored multiple goals for the development team throughout the season.

One thing for sure, Huddersfield Town Women will have a team represented in the County Cup final, however we will find out which one it will be by the close of Thursday.

Development Team Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“The main thing from the game is that we have absolutely nothing to lose. We just need to go onto the pitch confident in our own ability and enjoy the challenge.

“Nothing will change in the terms of the way we approach the game. All I ask is that the players give everything they have got, like they have done for a large majority of the season.”

Kamran Hussian against Loughborough
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First Team Coach Kamran Hussain said:

“The approach, mentality and training is the same as any other opposition we come against. An opportunity for silverware is the end goal, but there are still a few hurdles and challenges in our way

The Devs team are full of young talented players, who will definitely be up for the occasion, and to show what they are made of. So there is no complacency on our part. It’s our goal to achieve silverware, and if that means beating the devs for it, then that is the next challenge we must overcome.

Kick off is Thursday 7th April at 7:45pm at the Stafflex Arena. Tickets can be purchased on the day with Adults £5, Concessions £3 and U18 Free.

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 @HTAFCWomenDevs. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.

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MATCH PREVIEW: County Cup QF: Huddersfield Town Women v Doncaster Rovers Belles

• Terriers host South Yorkshire rivals 
• County Cup reaches the quarter final stage
• Fans can watch at the Stafflex Arena

Credit: Sean Doyle

Huddersfield Town Women return to county cup action this weekend. The Women Terriers have made it to the quarter final stage. Their fourth round match was a walkover for Town Women as Sheffield United Women FC Seconds were unable to take part, so the match was awarded to Huddersfield Town Women.

Town have a good record in the competition, having been runners up in 2019 but previously champions in 2017 & 2018. Town Women will play Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC at home, and will be looking to progress to the semi final.

Town women will go into the match as favourites, as they play in a higher league than their opponents. However Doncaster Rovers Belles have only lost one of their last five matches in the WPL Division 1 (Midlands).

Credit: Sean Doyle

The Terrier Women will be looking to go all the way to the final, and retake their crown. Huddersfield Town Women have played in all of the last three finals of the competition and won the cup twice. Huddersfield Town women will be looking to bounce back from their league defeat at Derby County last weekend. The County Cup provides that opportunity.

Doncaster Rover Belles also entered the County Cup at the fourth round stage. Travelling to Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Firsts, the Belles secured the quarter final place with three fine goals.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Britt Sanderson can be guaranteed to be on the end of a cross or a pass. Sanderson was unlucky to not score against Derby County last time out and will be looking to put that right on Sunday.

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New signing Daniela Kosińska will be interesting to watch. The experienced ‘keeper signed from Loughborough Lightening has yet to make her Huddersfield Town Women debut. Kosińska will be eager to get started, and will certainly want to keep a clean sheet.

Georgia Marshall returns to the side after her red card ban. Marshall will be eager to get back in amongst things and do her thing on the pitch.

Huddersfield Town women want to claim silverware this season. The County Cup could be the ideal opportunity to do just that. The Terrier Women are two games away from the final

Assistant Manager Kamran said

A fixture that both teams will definitely be relishing. We are looking to gather more momentum and progress.

Players coming back from bans and injuries always helps. The culture and mindset from everyone is never to overlook our opponent regardless of leagues and positions.

We are looking to showcase the best Huddersfield Town Womens we can be come Sunday. It’s all about who takes control on the day. We are confident that we will come out of this fixture not only with the win, but a convincing performance too.

HOW TO WATCH HTAFC WOMEN

Kick off on Sunday 20th March at 13.00 at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA. Fans are able to come down to watch the game with pay on the gate available. Tickets are priced as £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and Children (U18) are free.

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: Harworth Colliery 0-4 Town Devs

Town’s Development Team join our first-team in the next round of the County Cup after putting four past Harworth Colliery on Sunday afternoon.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Huddersfield Town Devs travelled to Doncaster to face Harworth Colliery in the County Cup. The Devs started brilliantly, as Sian Gibrill-Keating netted from a cross within the first three minutes of the game.

Both sides saw plenty of the ball after that, but it was Town who had the better chances in the final third. Macy Ellis had a great chance just after the quarter of an hour mark, but her shot was skied over the crossbar.

Bearly a minute later her twin, Molly, had a chance after Gibrill-Keating passed to Macy, unfortunately for us however, Molly’s shot was saved. Just before the half hour mark, Town had a corner that fell to Gibrill-Keating, however the shot was just over the crossbar.

Town pretty much had all the possession now, and Cassidy Clift sent a great ball to Gibrill-Keating but the finish was just a touch too heavy and once again the Harworth ‘keeper was on hand to block the shot. Clift then had a chance herself but it was punched away for a corner.

Just before the break debutant Jolie’s shot was just wide, shortly after an Alice Linsell corner swung towards Molly Ellis, who volleyed the shot to the youngster.

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Town started the second half as they ended the first, lots of pressure. Macy beat the offside trap and netted her first goal of the game. Then on the 55th minute, Mia passed the ball to Macy Ellis who took a shot but it was saved.

Just three minutes later, Linsell crossed in and Mia got on the end of the ball with her shot just flying over the crossbar. Straight after, Gibrill-Keating went close, but the opposition cleared it off the line.

Town extended their lead barely a minute later, as substitute Laura netted to help the Terriers on their way to the fifth round. In the 65th minute, Town put the tie beyond doubt, with Macy scoring her second. Linsell passed the ball to the forward who outpaced her opponents before beating the ‘keeper.

Town kept applying the pressure, and very nearly had a fifth just a minute later with Molly taking a shot which the ‘keeper saved. With 10 minutes left, Laura had a chance that went just wide, as a Harworth player was down on the ground.

Piling the pressure on still, Town saw three more rapid chances. Clift fired just over the crossbar, Laura took a shot that was saved by the keeper, Kayley Hird then had a chance from a corner but was just wide.

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At full time, manager Alan Eastwood said: “We take it week-by-week now, we have a game right up until June, what we have now is basically 12 or 13 cup finals from now until the end of the season. 

“We’re looking to get as many points on the board in the league, and go as far as we can in these competitions. 

“If we keep training hard and keep building on our game, then i’m sure we can have a good end to the season.”

Next weekend, Town are back at home as our Development Squad host Barnsley at the Stafflex Arena. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates and news throughout the week at @htafcwomendevs.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Harworth Colliery FC v Huddersfield Town Devs.

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Huddersfield Town Devs head over the M62 for a fourth round clash with Harworth Colliery FC. The teams meet in the fourth round of the County Cup. Our Devs join the first team and play in the Sheffield & Hallamshire challenge cup. Having been postponed last weekend, the teams rescheduled the tie for this weekend.

Harworth have scored nine goals in their last two outings in the county cup, however Town will be their toughest opponent to date. The Terriers look to progress with the actual possiblity they could face the first team later in the competition if both of our open-age teams progress further in the competition. The first team are awaiting their opposition for the Fifth Round of the competition.

An away day trip to the Jones & Co Ground in Bircotes will make for a fascinating tie. The Terriers are in form, having recently made the semi-final of the Reserves League Cup. That being said, Harworth are not to be taken for granted.

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Goals should be in full flow in Doncaster as both sides love to score. The Terriers should be favourites in this match, but anything can happen in the cup. Do not write off Harworth, who will be eager to cause an upset.

Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“The main objective is to bounce back from last match. It’s going to show character if we can put in a performance on the back of our first defeat of the season. We’ll need to be on top of our game.

“The opposition are top of their league, and playing away in the county cup against teams unfamiliar to us is always tricky.”

Player to Watch

Sian Gibrill-Keating has scored in each of her last four games. She will want to extend that run of form against Harworth. Gibrill-Keating is regularly scoring for the Terriers and will be hungry for more goals. Having scored the consolation goal against Southampton in the Reserves League Cup Semi Final, she will want to ensure progression in the County Cup and she’ll have her shooting boots on.

How to Watch

Huddersfield Town Devs face Harworth Colliery FC at the Jones & Co Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes 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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