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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Devs vs Durham Cestria

Preview by Johnathan Stack.

Huddersfield Town Development Team host Durham Cestria Reserves in league action this Sunday at the Stafflax Arena. 

• Town looking to reach the summit

• Cestria lost three games in the last six

• Devs to pick up where we left off

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Town are in great form going into this weekends game unbeaten in the last six and a win against Cestria will take them top of the league above Middlesbrough.

The opposition, Durham, have lost three games in the last six and currently sit 7th in the table. But forward Chloe Ryan is in great form for this weekends visitors, having scored nine goals in three games in all competitions.

The Terriers have their own player currently in great form, Falone Sumaili has 10 goals in seven matches in all competitions and will be looking to add to that total come Sunday. Devs manager Alan Eastwood highlights how quickly the forward has adapted for her new side.

“She has had a good start to life at the club and has fitted in extremely well with the rest of the team who have all been there to provide her with some fantastic assists”.

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Three points are vital on Sunday especially with a big game against Boro coming up next. Eastwood continued: “Every game is vital in this league and to us, this will be just as important as the last six we’ve played.

“I don’t like looking at the league tables as it can distract you from the task at hand. The most vital part of Sunday is that we stay focused for 90 minutes and stick to our game”.

Last time out Town beat Bradford City Devs 5-1 a fortnight ago, and after a weekend off, Eastwood spoke about returning to action:

“We are looking forward to getting back on the pitch after a week off and it will be a huge positive if we can pick up the momentum from where we left it against Bradford”. 

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Last Sunday players Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell got an outing in the 1st team in the 20-0 win in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup against Sir Tom Finney Ladies, both getting 45 minutes and both grabbing a goal each. 

Eastwood had this to say “I was buzzing for them. It’s great to see that players in the development squad are getting recognised for their efforts and they did themselves proud.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Falone Sumaili – Huddersfield Town Development.

Sumaili has been on a hot streak of late and she will be eyeing up adding to that total this Sunday.

Chloe Ryan – Durham Cestria Reserves.

Ryan is as inform as Sumalil heading into this game. Town defence better mark her closely on Sunday or she might add to that goal tally.

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Becky Flaherty in Northern Ireland squad for women’s world cup qualifiers

Becky Flaherty in Northern Ireland squad for women’s world cup qualifiers.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

This week, Northern Ireland’s women’s team announced their squad for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers, and we are very excited that ‘keeper Becky Flaherty has once again received a call up for her national side.

Flaherty made her debut for Northern Ireland in 2019 and after earning a clean sheet in her first appearance, is preparing alongside her green and white army teammates for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euros 2022.

She had a successful stint at both Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, before heading to West Yorkshire in the summer.  So far this season, she has made seven appearances for the Terriers including most recently in the massive victory over Sir Tom Finney ladies. 

Flaherty, originally from Scotland, spoke about her idols in football, plus, outside of football. As well as how it feels to be called up for her national side. 

“My favourite goalkeeper growing up was Pepe Reina, he’s the reason I picked number 25 for Town. Also, being a Liverpool fan, Steven Gerrard was always my idol. My parents too, they’ve supported me with everything I’ve done, with moving away from Scotland to England and I can’t thank them enough.” 

“It is a great feeling for me and my family, every single time I get called up it’s an honour. My Grandma and Grandpa are from Northern Ireland, unfortunately my Grandpa never got to see me represent his country so every time I pull on that shirt I’m doing it for him.”

Becky Flaherty makes a good save against Derby County
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Flaherty recently featured on the bench when Northern Ireland travelled to Wembley Stadium to play England in the final set of Euro’s qualifiers, and although that game ended in defeat, the game went in at the break level, which spurred the team on to a 2-2 draw three days later against Austria and qualificiation for next summer’s tournament. Northern Ireland are the only home nation to qualify on merit, with England’s Lionesses receiving a bye as host nation.

Northern Ireland travel to North Macedonia on 25 November before hosting them just four days later in World Cup qualifiers.Flaherty continued:

“It’s an experience you would never get anywhere else, the professionalism from everyone is what stands out the most.

“Our hopes are to come away with two wins, this would put us in a great position to qualify out of the group or make the play-offs.

“The hardest player I’ve played against has to be Vivienne Miedema for Arsenal or Caroline Graham Hansen for Norway! I’m lucky to have played with loads of great players.”

With the women’s Euros coming up, and Yorkshire stadiums in Rotherham and Sheffield hosting a handful of games, Flaherty aims to keep pushing herself for success ahead of the summer. 

“I hope I’m a part of the squad selected to represent Northern Ireland, I think our aim is to just prove people wrong who have doubted us, we have done that so far so time to do it on the big stage.”

Having already qualified for the Euros in the Summer, Northern Ireland now set their sights on qualification for the World Cup. If they find victory in their next two games, they have the chance to push further up the table towards England and Austria.

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MATCH REPORT: Town 3-0 AFC Fylde

Town Women kick start new Glen Preston era with a win.

Britt Sanderson in action against FC Fylde.
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Manager Glen Preston made a winning return to Huddersfield Town Women as his side recorded a fine three nil win at home to AFC Fylde Women on the night of Wednesday 19th November, with goals from Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin.

There were wholesale changes from Sunday’s game; Bethan Davies, Serena Fletcher, Lauren Griffiths, Britt Sanderson, Laura Elford and Kate Mallin all taking their place back in the Starting XI after town thrashed Sir Tom Finney FC 20-0

Town made a quick start to the game and after three minutes Mallin was set free down the wing but her ball across the box was well held by the keeper with a Town player not far away.

Three minutes later and the deadlock was broken, Montgomery chased a whipped ball down the line and looked up and saw the keeper off her line and did no more than lift the ball over the ‘keeper from the far side of the 18-yard box into the back of the net, surely a contender for goal of the month.

Griff vs AFC Fylde
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Town making sure to keep the Fylde ‘keeper the busier throughout the night, this time Elford trying her luck but her shot forced the ‘keeper into making a good save with just under half an hour played.

Fylde could’ve been level if it wasn’t for a brilliant piece of defending from Beth Ibbotson, a ball through the middle is latched onto by the Fylde attack and Ibbotson gets a slide challenge in and wins the ball and then does excellently to cover her position and get the ball clear of the Town box.

Six minutes into the second half and Town doubled their lead. Montgomery made a run into the box and slid the ball back into the box and after a short scramble for the ball, Elford who smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Town had another good chance in the 53rd minute, Fletcher getting into a good position on the left-hand side and her delivery into the box was met by Sanderson, but her header went just wide of the mark.

Laura Elford vs AFC Fylde
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With around 15 minutes to go,  Town hit their third of the evening, Mallin is played in down the wing, and drove towards goal before slotting the ball past the Fylde ‘keeper despite the ‘keeper getting fingertips to the shot. Town held on to secure a momentous win.

Glen Preston was delighted with his team’s performance:

“You’re always guaranteed intensity in your first game in charge but to be relentless as we were for the 90 minutes today; we took it to another level – I’m surprised myself with the levels the players reached today.”

Town are next in action in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup second round away to Sheffield FC at The Home of Football Stadium in Dronfield.

Match Report by Cameron Felton.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Women welcome AFC Fylde in Glen Preston’s first game in charge.

Match Preview by: Jack Vernoum

Town to face AFC Fylde under the lights on Wednesday 17th November.

  • Terriers looking to bounce back in league.
  • New manager Glen Preston in charge.
  • Kick off at Stafflex Arena at 7:45pm.

Huddersfield Town Women will welcome fellow top four side AFC Fylde to the Stafflex Arena on Wednesday 17th November as they look to close the gap to their opponents in second.

Town celebrate after one of manygoals against Sir Tom Finney
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Having previously returned to winning ways in the FAWNL Cup and following their 20-0 victory in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Town will be looking to get a win in the league to continue their push up the division. But face an AFC Fylde side that have won their last three games.

The side from Lancashire have beaten Middlesbrough, Sheffield FC and Brighouse Town in their previous games, scoring 12 and landing them in second place in the league.

Whereas Huddersfield sit fourth currently, ahead of this clash and are five points behind their opponents, as well as having played an extra game.

Paige Crossman scoring a tap-in against Sir Tom Finney
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Last season when these two sides met in this competition, they played out an enthralling 3-3 draw in the league’s opening game and then could not be separated again in a friendly which ended in a 1-1 draw. Both sides were also league rivals aiming for promotion with both teams interchanging the top spot in the league last year before the season was curtailed.

The game also sees an old face return to the Huddersfield dugout, as Glen Preston will take charge of the team for the first time, after replacing previous manager Steve Appleton. It is sure to be a big moment for Preston as he takes charge of his first game for the club since resigning In December 2015.

Preston can’t wait to be back but knows his next opponents will be a tough test:

“It’s a great feeling for me and a big honour to be back here. The task of managing a great club like Huddersfield Town is big responsibility and one that I’m going to throw everything into.”

“In terms of today’s opponents, every game is a big challenge at this level because the quality is just getting better and better, but the challenge of Fylde is about as big as they come, they are a brilliant side with a great management team who have gone from strength to strength in recent years. But I expect our players to be as motivated for this game as any they have played in recent times.”

Glen Preston returns as HTWFC manager.
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

PLAYERS TO WATCH

If Glen Preston wants to get a positive result on his return, his side will have to look to stop AFC Fylde’s Faye Mccoy who is their top goal scorer this season with eight goals in nine matches, despite only scoring once in her last three games. AFC Fylde also boast the league’s top three assisters with Jess Holbrook providing four and Emily Hollinshead and Laura Merrin both setting up three.

Meanwhile for Huddersfield, Lucy Sowerby was on goalscoring form this past Sunday 14th November where she scored a quarter of Town’s goals against Sir Tom Finney FC, hitting the back of the net five times.

Lucy Sowerby against Sir Tom Finney
PHOTO: Jess Hornby

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall HD8 0WA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and kids go free.

Kick off is at 7:45pm.

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 PREVIEW: FA CUP RETURNS! Huddersfield Town vs Sir Tom Finney FC

Town start their Women’s FA Cup campaign.

  • Terriers face sixth tier side Sir Tom Finney FC.
  • Kick off is at 1pm at Stafflex Arena.
  • Watch HTWFC on Women’s Football Weekend 21’

Huddersfield Town Women kick start their Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign this Sunday 14th November as they welcome ‘North West Women’s Regional League Division One North’ side Sir Tom Finney FC in the first round. 

Mallin makes a run into the box against Middlesbrough – Jess Hornby

Coming fresh off their 3-2 win against Middlesbrough Women in the League Cup, Huddersfield will be hoping to continue their winning momentum in cup competitions. However, their opponents will be looking to cause an upset after progressing into the first-round proper for the first time in their history.

The Preston based side entered the competition in the second round qualifying where they beat fellow sixth tier side Marine 6-1. The following round saw Sir Tom Finney FC automatically progress due to fourth tier side Bolton Ladies withdrawing from the competition.

Meanwhile in the league, Town’s opponents sit in tenth place after playing five games – their only win coming in October against Morecambe Ladies Reserves. As for Huddersfield they sit in fourth place, three divisions above.

Town were defeated 6-0 away to WSL side Brighton last season in cup – Jess Hornby

It was a year to remember for Town last season, as the club equalled their best performance in the competition when they reached the fifth round. Town’s journey was surrounded by the third national lockdown which suspended play and led to the league being curtailed.

Town faced lower league opposition twice last year (Liverpool Feds & Brighouse Town), with both games going to extra time. However, following beating league rivals Derby County in the fourth round, the Terriers set up a dream FA Cup tie away to Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Assistant Manager Danny Alogba – Simon Mooney

Assistant manager, Danny Alogba reflects on how special the FA Cup is for football:

“Cup games are vital for us, and the FA Cup is a fantastic competition to be involved in. As a team we’re looking forward to building on the momentum from our previous game.”

“You can see from the previous winners of the competition the size of the clubs involved just how big the FA Cup is and how much it means to the fans and players alike. The chance to be able to compete against the best nationally from all steps is something the club will relish.”

Team huddle before kick off against Stoke City – Jess Hornby

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL WEEKEND 2021

This year’s Women’s Football Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday with the top two divisions of the men’s game on international break. This weekend is a great opportunity for HTAFC fans, unsure about women’s football, to come down and watch the Terriers play and help support their local women’s side.

Ticket admissions provide excellent value for money to watch good quality football, plus a free matchday programme. Equally fans can explore our bar and café plus get involved with our Christmas Raffe taking place over the next couple of months.

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall HD8 0WA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and kids go 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 PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town vs Bradford City

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team continue their season this weekend as they host Bradford City at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday.

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Now the only team unbeaten in the league, Town will be looking to extend that run this weekend as they host Bradford City.

Last weekend, the Terriers had their game against Durham postponed because of the great British weather and will be looking to put that behind them as the Bantams make the small trip to Huddersfield. However, City are in the same position as their game last weekend against Barnsley was postponed.

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This weekend however, the West Yorkshire teams come head-to-head with a 1pm kick off. With City still looking for their first win of the league campaign, their massive cup victory against Queensbury Celtic last time out is sure to have boosted the teams confidence.

In the league, Bradford have lost three games from three, with defeat coming to Middlesborough, Hull City and Stockport County. With these results in the past, the Bantams will be looking for bragging rights against their undefeated opponents in the Terriers.

The last time the Bantams travelled to the Stafflex, the Terriers found victory in a narrow 2-1 win with Lois Mattock scoring the winner with her first goal for Town. We will be looking to repeat that this weekend. However, Town will need to be wary of City’s top goal scorer Hannah Markey who has scored five in her four appearances this season.  

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Manager Alan Eastwood spoke about how they have been building as a team since their last game against Barnsley.

“We are well prepared for the game and we have had 4 decent training sessions since our last match where we have continued to build on the positives from previous performances. Its just about implementing it on the pitch now and learning from past errors.”

He continued: “It’s important not to get carried way looking at the league tables and start trying to predict what is going to happen. We have to be at our very best in every game this season to ensure we finish up near the top and if we keep developing at the level we are doing, there’s no reason why we can’t be up there. But first and foremost we have to concentrate on our own performances and carry on improving week on week.

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“Been unbeaten is a good achievement so far but we have to take it game by game. Sunday will be no different in the way we approach the match and I know the players are raring to go.”

Fans are welcome at the Stafflex for this West Yorkshire Derby, with social media updates on @htafcwomendevs Instagram and Twitter throughout the afternoon. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town face Middlesbrough in League Cup.

Match Preview by Johnathan Stack

Town Women face Middlesbrough in FAWNL Cup.

  • Town looking to improve on last game.
  • Kick off is at 1pm at Stafflex Arena.
  • Hear thoughts of manager Steve Appleton.

Huddersfield Town Women are back in action at home this Sunday 7th November against Middlesbrough in the FAWNL League Cup. 

Elford and Stanley against Derby County – Simon Mooney

Boro is in town as the Terriers face them for the second time this season, this time coming at the Stafflex Arena. Town will put their league form to one side and will be hoping to get a good cup run going in what is the first of back-to-back cup games over the next couple of weeks.

The Terriers come into the game on the back of a defeat to Derby County (3-1) so will be looking to bounce back quickly. Manager, Steve Appleton believes his side will improve on last Sunday’s disappointing result:

“We weren’t particularly happy with our performance against Derby, but we haven’t let it get us down and we’ve quickly moved on to this week’s league cup game.”

HTWFC Manager, Steve Appleton will be serving his second match ban on Sunday – Simon Mooney

The visitors will be looking to improve on their previous result against Huddersfield when both sides met in August. Town claiming all three points away from home with a 3-1 scoreline. Ria Montgomery, Laura Elford and Katie Stanley all converted in what would be Town’s first win of the season. However, since both teams met, Middlesbrough have welcomed Andy Campbell as their new manager.

Appleton says this previous result doesn’t impact his preparations:

“We’ll prepare for the best version of Middlesbrough and make sure our game plan is set up right, the result earlier in the season won’t count for anything come Sunday and the new manager will still be finding out about his squad and looking to improve with every game, so their players will have something to prove.”

Zoe Laughton against Boldmere St. Michaels – Jess Hornby

Previously in the FAWNL cup, Huddersfield overcame Boldmere St. Michaels 7-2 in the preliminary determination round before receiving a first round bye. Town will be looking to better their previous record in the competition – where they got as far as the quarter-finals in 2018/19 (losing to eventual winners Blackburn Rovers) and 2019/20 (losing to finalists Stoke City).

Steve believes his side can go all the way:

“We prepare for every game in the same way, we’re aware “I definitely see this as a competition we are capable of challenging in and my players also have the belief that they can go further. After Sunday’s result, it’s possible that there might be one or two changes in our starting 11, but it won’t be about rotation, I’ll be picking a team I believe can win the game and get us through to the next time.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ria Montgomery comes into the game in good form with her great strike against Liverpool Feds winning October’s Goal of the Month. She will be looking to score against Middlesbrough again, with her previous goal against our opponents winning August’s GOTM!

Middlesbrough has spread their goal scorers out amongst the team with their top goal scorers being Lauren Robson, Armani Maxwell and Rebecca Olley all on three goals for the season so far.

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall HD8 0WA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and kids go free.

Can’t make the game? Match Updates and coverage will be available across our social channels, with updates and match build-up on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-3 DERBY COUNTY WOMEN

Huddersfield defeated at home to Derby.

  • Town’s 4 game winning streak ended.
  • Sanderson continues scoring form.
  • Town return for cup action next week.

It was a day to forget for the Terriers as they were defeated against an organised Derby County side.

Rebecca Flaherty won Player of the Match – Simon Mooney

With both teams pushing towards the promotion places before play, the visitors’ found their stride as they beat Huddersfield 3-1 at the Stafflex Arena.

Emily Joyce, unexpectantly, opened the scoring before Jade Formaston doubled Derby’s lead early into the second half. Brittany Sanderson was on the scoresheet with 20 minutes to go with a direct freekick however Derby scored their third from the penalty spot when Sherry McCue converted.

Katie Stanley making a tackle as Derby pressured early in the gam. – Sean Doyle

Fresh from international duty with Northern Ireland, Becky Flaherty returned to Town between the sticks and was forced into making a number of great saves in the opening moments. Derby  maintained the pressure and limited Huddersfield on the ball however, both Sanderson and Laura Elford were allowed shots on goal that came close but were denied by Charlotte Clarke.

Derby opened the scoring following a freekick around the half way mark in the first half. The low driven shot passing through the legs of those standing in the box and seemingly into the hands of Flaherty in goal, however the ball found the back of the net after taking a slight deflection. Joyce claiming her fifth goal of the season.

The rest of the first half would follow a similar pattern with Flaherty making fantastic diving stops and Clarke denying any close chances for Town.

Flaherty made a number of good saves – Sean Doyle

An unbelievable save by Flaherty kickstarted the second half following a low-driven cross towards the far post. However, the ‘Ewe Rams’ doubled their lead just five minutes later after a cross hit the post and was seemingly cleared before the linesman determined that the ball had crossed the line.

A double change for Town, that introduced Serena Fletcher and Ria Montgomery around the hour mark, seemed to bring life back to the game as Huddersfield created a series of chances to get back into the game. Just ten minutes later, Town would gain a freekick from around 25 yards. Sanderson scoring her tenth goal of the season with a low driven shot towards the left post.

Sanderson celebrates her goal against Derby – Simon Mooney

Town looked like they would find the equaliser when Elford broke past the Derby defence, however some good goalkeeping stopped Elford converting – forcing a corner. A number of close chances would come without any serious threat on goal and Derby’s goal within the last five minutes killed off any hope of a Terriers’ comeback. McCue scoring from the penalty spot.

The full-time whistle sounded just as the heavens opened. A miserable day for the home side who return to action on Sunday 7th November against Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

Charley Evans, Daniel and Mo were on the sidelines with Steve Appleton serving his two-match ban. – Simon Mooney

Charley Evans saw positives from the game:

“It wasn’t our best performance; I think all the girls would agree with me when I say we know we can produce more than we did today. But we created some really good chances especially in the second half and we never gave up. Looking to next week, we need to take the positives from today and learn from any mistakes as a team.”


TEAM LINE UP

25. Becky Flaherty
2. Beth Stanfield (60’ SUB: 23. Serena Fletcher)
3. Beth Ibbotson
4. Kate Mallin
6. Lauren Griffiths
7. Katie Stanley
10. Laura Elford
11. Brittany Sanderson
14. Lucy Sowerby (61’ SUB: 9. Ria Montgomery)
15. Georgia Marshall
19. Paige Crossman

Off the field, the charity bake sale for Candlelighters raised over £600!

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Devs vs Durham Cestria Reserves

Preview by Cameron Felton.


Huddersfield Town FC Women’s Devs are back in home action on Sunday afternoon against Durham Cestria Reserves with a 2pm kick off at the Stafflex Arena.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Durham currently sit in 5th place in the Reserve Northern Division after their first four games, picking up six points on their way.

The last time these sides faced off, Town beat their opposition in a friendly 3-0, after goals from Sian Gibrill-Keating, Macy Ellis and Sharone Buckle. 

Town are currently unbeaten and sit 2nd in the league table, though playing one more game, having picked up 11 points after three wins and two draws.

Manager Alan Eastwood still pushing his players to improver despite the good start to the season.

“We’ve trained hard on the back on a half decent performance last week as there are still a lot of things to work on. If we can keep learning two or three things a week and bring them to match day, then we will continue to develop as a team. 

“We will play our own game; the sort of football Steve and I have worked with the players on as it is starting to come together nicely in parts. The main thing we need to do this week is perform for the entirety of the match and not switch off at any point. If we keep the momentum flowing, then we give ourselves a good chance.”

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Our last game out was away to Barnsley with Town picking up the win after dispatching the hosts 9-1 and Eastwood said his team are seeing the benefits of all their hard work at the start of the season. 

“We have a different dynamic this year and I’m sure Durham have the same so last season’s result isn’t something we’ve been discussing. What we have been working on is how we give ourselves the best chance of getting more points on the board. 

“The work rate of the team over the past few weeks is getting better and better so if we work hard again, battle for everything on that pitch and play our game then there’s every chance we can better last season’s result.”

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Town will have to be on their toes as Durham’s Jasmine Elliott-Wood is their top scorer on 6 goals so far this season, so far this season they have found the net on 20 occasions whilst also conceding 13 times.

Last weekend, Durham hosted Leeds and despite trialing at half time they came back to 4-3 to win and take the points.

This game will kick off at 2pm at the Stafflex Arena with fans more than welcome to attend. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Derby travel to Terriers on Halloween.

Town Women return to action against Derby County

  • Game kicks off at 2pm Sunday 31st October.
  • Derby have eight game unbeaten streak.
  • Hear thoughts of manager Steve Appleton.

After a two week break from league action, Huddersfield Town Women welcome Derby County Women to the Stafflex Arena on Halloween.

Georgia Marshall was captain against West Brom – Jess Hornby

With both teams separated by just two points in the league table (Derby sitting third with Town one place below), this is expected to be a tight contest.

The visitors come into this game eight games unbeaten, having only lost one game all season (to Wolves in August). During this run they have beaten Stoke City, Burnley, Middlesbrough,  Nottingham Forest and Loughborough Lighting with large wins in cup competitions against Lincoln City (7-0) and Barnsley (5-0). However last week (Sunday 24th October) they were held to a goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion. 

Ironically, Huddersfield’s last defeat was to Wolves too, coming towards the end of September. Since then, the Terriers have gone on a winning streak of three games beating Stoke City, Sheffield FC and West Brom.

HTWFC Manager, Steve Appleton will be serving his match ban on Sunday – Jess Hornby

Taking advantage of Town’s break, Steve Appleton has had extra time to prepare for Derby:

“We’ve prepared as well as we could have, we’ve allowed a couple of players to recover from minor knocks, so we’ll be in good shape for the game and definitely hoping to carry our momentum from the last few matches into this one.”

Appleton is aware of Derby’s current record:

“We prepare for every game in the same way, we’re aware of Derby’s qualities and we’ll obviously do our homework on them. But ultimately, I focus on my players and the strengths we have and what our game plan will be.”

Laura Elford was on the scoresheet against Derby last season. – Jess Hornby

Throughout the last five years, Derby County have been a stable, Northern Premier Division side. They are currently managed by Sam Griffiths who took the reins in 2018 following a decade with the club as a midfielder. This season the ‘Ewe Rams’ have set the target of promotion to the FA Women’s Championship and have made a good start to the season.

Last season both teams met in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup where Huddersfield were victorious with a 3-2 scoreline. Both league matches that were scheduled to be played were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing the league’s suspension.

Highlights from our previous meeting against Derby County in the Women’s FA Cup – HTWTV

PLAYERS TO WATCH

As the league’s top scorer, Derby’s Ellie Gilliatt is proving to be a dangerous player against opposition teams. However, her season total of 12 goals is not a concern for Appleton:

“I’d never focus on any single player really, Laura Elford has scored seven in eight games and not been fully fit yet, Brit Sanderson has scored nine in ten from midfield, Lucy Sowerby has a ridiculous number of assists, and the list goes on, so we’ve got plenty of players who are a threat to the opposition. Ellie is a top player and she’s having a great season.”

Meanwhile, Town’s Ria Montgomery will be looking to continue her form following a brace and an assist in her previous game against Liverpool Feds (friendly). Currently this season, Montgomery has scored three goals in the league – securing August’s “Goal of the Month” award with her strike against Middlesbrough.

Ria Montgomery against West Brom – Jess Hornby

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans will be able to watch the Terriers play at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall HD8 OWA with pay on the gate available. Tickets are £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and kids are free!

We will also be hosting a charity bake sale for Town fans during the game for the Candlelighters Trust. A JustGiving page has been set up to allow fans to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-haigh3.

Can’t make the game? Match updates and coverage will be available across our social channels, with up to date updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

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