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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Stockport County Reserves

Huddersfield Town Women Devs play Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game of the season.

PHOTO: Steve Winterburn

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. The Terriers host Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game, while still waiting for confirmation on when the rescheduled home tie against Brighouse will be.

Last time out was at the Stockport Sports Village. Town Women Devs scored within the first 10 minutes as Falone Sumaili found the back of the Hatters net. Sumaili nearly doubled her tally on the half hour mark, but the Hatters defender forced the shot wide.

The game finished after Sumaili scored her hat-trick and Sian Gibrill-Keating had a brace. The clubs met a week later, at the Stafflex Arena this time, in the determining round of the League Cup. Town were victorious in this game as well.

PHOTO: Steve Winterburn

Players to watch

Lois Scholefield has had a great last couple of games, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on. However, the whole team, who are playing their last scheduled home game of the season are our ones to watch, after working incredibly hard the whole season.

Manager Alan Eastwood said:

“It’s been an incredible season and our last goal as a team is to try and remain unbeaten. 15 league wins on the bounce and becoming league champions takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The squad have given us everything, but we have to stay focused and play the same way we have for 75% of the season, if we want to achieve our next goal. Hopefully the players are up for it and will end the season on a high.”

On Laura Carter:

“She has been an incredible servant to the club and for the devs this year she has lead by example, been supportive of this young team and played a huge part in us winning the title. I’d like to thank her for everything she has done for the club, she will be sadly missed. I’m sure the girls will give her the send off she deserves.”

Huddersfield Town Devs face Stockport County Reserves at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off is at 14:00 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: Huddersfield Town Women v Hull City

Huddersfield Town Women end their season with a home game

  • Huddersfield Town Women final game of the season
  • Can still rise up the table
  • Cup winners final game
Credit: Richard

Huddersfield Town Women host Hull City, in the final game of the season. Town Women enter the game as County Cup Champions, and sit sixth in the league. The Women Terriers still have a change to finish in the four with victory and a couple of other results going their way.

Hull City LFC are bottom of the FAWNL Premier Division North and have been relegated from the division. Town Women end the season with silverware, as the Women Terriers lifted the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup on last Sunday.

Town Women can edge back up the table with a win against bottom of the league Hull City LFC. City have lost their last five league outings, , in fact, City have only won one match all season. Hull City have been relegated from the divison so have nothing to loose going into this game.

Town Women will be looking to end their season on a high, after winning the Cup last weekend, Huddersfield Town Women will not want to end on a defeat.

Hull City conceded 10 goals in their last three games, one of which was the reverse fixture against Town Women. City scored a goal against Derby County, but otherwise have struggled to find the back of the net.

Credit: Richard

Hull will be out to try and win. Although already relegated, a win against a current top six side will at least be a boost to confidence. City have struggled this season and aim to go out with some pride, and will want to beat the team that relegated them.

LAST TIME OUT

Town Women travelled to Haworth in April to play the postponed match. Early chances fell to both sides, but no one could find the net. In the first 20 mins the hosts had the opportunity to take the lead, however our keeper made a fine save from their corner. Town Women took the lead when Beth Ibbotson headed in from a Brittany Sanderson cross.

On the stroker of half time, the Women Terriers doubled their lead. Katie Stanley crossed to Mia Parry who netted. After the break the hosts had another free kick, and a great chance to get back in the game. Fortunately, Stanley cleared and it came to nothing.

City pushed for a way back into the game, but lacked quality in the final third. However, Town Women had no such issues, they kept the pressure on and Sanderson got on the end of Kate Mallins cross to score the third.

The final ten minutes just added to City misery as Stanley made it four, then Sanderson rounded off the game to make it five. All three points went back to West Yorkshire, and Hull City were relegated.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vicky Abbott will be playing her last game for Huddersfield Town Women against Hull City. The defender is set to hang up her boots at the end of the season. Abbott has been with the Women Terriers for 10 years. Her last game for Town Women will be full of emotions, but Abbott will go out on a high.

Credit: Ritchard

For Hull City LFC Rachael Ackroyd will be one to watch. The City striker has netted a few times this season, so will be the main threat once again for the Town Women.

Glen said:

We played Hull the other week, and I thought until the late stages it was reasonably close game. They had some key players missing, and had the better of the opening exchanges. We know score lines are misleading and change expectations, but Hull will be going all out to end on a high. They will be a tough test for us, Aidy is a top coach.

On lifting silverware

It’s great to have reached two cup finals (again) and to finally win one. From a personal point of view, i’d lost my last three finals with Town, so, for my sanity I needed the win last Sunday. It was a great performance from the players, they were top drawer.

On league position

As for final league position, I don’t think it matters too much now. On form we hve been the third best team in the second half of the season. We’ve only dropped points in games where we’ve suffered heavy injuries to key attacking players. Injuries mixed with a very heavy fixture pile up has meant we havent’t been able to rest plyers at all, so I think it’s been tough for us mentally and physically, yet we have put in top performances.

The final game

Today will be more about trying to sign off the season with a win, but maybe also giving 1-2 players from the development team an opportunity. As well as saying goodbye to a few club legends who will be sorely missed (there may be the odd tear after the game.)

Kick off is Sunday 10th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. Fans are welcome to come along and support the team. 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: Bradford City Reserves v Huddersfield Town Women Devs

Huddersfield Town Women Devs travel to local rivals Bradford City in what will be their final away game of the campaign.

PHOTO: Jess Hornby

Town’s Devs are unbeaten in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Northern Division. After their match against Chorley Women, they were crowned Champions with three games remaining.

Having won 15 of their 17 matches and knowing they are the League Champions, Town Devs go into their remaining fixtures on a high. They travel the short distance to play Bradford City reserves. City are ninth in the table, having won four of the 19 matches they played.  

Last time out was at the Stafflex arena. Town Women Devs started the game well, and within the first 15 minutes had the lead, through who else, but Sian Gibrill-Keating. The Terriers leading goal scorer found the back of the net to give them the lead.

Molly Ellis doubled Town Women’s lead before set piece specialist Tara Duce stepped up, and well, she just never misses from a set piece.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Two minutes into the second half, and City finally found the back of the Town net, they were looking to mount a comeback however goals from Kayley Hird and Alice Linsell secured the three points.

Although now crowned champions, the Terriers will not be taking the game for granted. Aiming to finish the season unbeaten, they will still be taking each game as it comes, and each one as seriously as the last.

Photo: Jess Hornby

Players to watch

Macy Ellis scored a brace against Chorley, and four goals in April. Ellis will be looking to end the season on a high with more goals, and with the pressure off and her shooting boots on, she can score for fun.

Asked about remaining unbeaten to the end of the season Manager Alan Eastwood said

“We do exactly the same, we keep the legs fresh, keep rotating the squad. We make sure that everyone that has been involved, is involved in the last three games as well. It’s more about enjoying this moment right now but staying professional, as the next step is to remain unbeaten.

On being league champions:

“It’s absolutely amazing, the girls have thorougly deserved that. All season they have been absolutely phenominal, done everything we have asked them to do, I think that is six or seven clean sheets on the bounce, scoring good goals as well from all over the pitch. To go against 2nd in the league and win 5-0 at home is fantastic.”

Huddersfield Town Devs travel to Bradford City Reserves and play at Rawdon Meadows. Kick off is at 18:45 on Tuesday, 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 5-0 Chorley Reserves

By Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are crowned Division North Champions after an impressive 5-0 victory over Chorley.

PHOTO: RICHARD ASQUITH

After beating Leeds United 3-0 in midweek Town put themselves within touching distance of becoming champions and today, they mathematically confirmed it.

The opening 10 minutes of the game was an even encounter with both teams having a corner each, looking for that vital opening goal. 

However, it was Town who took the lead on the 15-minute mark with a tidy finish from Sian Gibrill-Keating. Gibrill-Keating won the 1v1 with the goalkeeper, then her powerful shot hit the bar and went in, giving the Terriers an early lead.

The second goal from Town came just five minutes later. Set-piece expert Tara Duce took a corner that flew straight into the back of the net. Catching the Chorley defenders and ‘keeper by surprise and putting Town one step closer to being crowned champions.

Town dominated the reminder of the first half continuing to create chances, with a big opportunity falling to Cassidy Clift just before half time. After great build up play by Town the chance fell to Clift, but her shot was hit just wide. This concluded the first half, with the Terries just 45 minutes away from winning the league.

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The second half started with two early chances from Chorley who were eager to get themselves back in the game. However, some great blocks and tackles from Town denied Chorley of the goal. 

Just moments after some good chances for the visitors, Town took advantage of these missed opportunities and made it three. This time with a goal from Lois Scholefield, another great corner from Town resulted in Scholefield reacting the quickest to get on the end of it and making it 3-0 to the Terriers.

In the 68th minute, Macy Ellis added a fourth for Town. She was played through on goal following a great ball from Molly Ellis, she took the ball round the keeper and tapped it into an open net all but sealing the victory for Town. 

Tempers began to flare and in the 73rd minute the Chorley manager was sent off and then their captain was sent to the sinbin for 10 minutes. 

The fifth and final goal of the afternoon came 10 minutes from time with Macy Ellis grabbing her second of the afternoon. The full-time whistle went which saw celebrations after the Terriers were crowned champions.

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At full-time manager Alan Eastwood was full of praise for the players: “The girls have thoroughly deserved that today, not just today but all season, they’ve been absolutely phenomenal.

“They’ve trained really hard; they’ve gelled together so well as a team and their efforts on and off the pitch have been phenomenal, I can’t ask anymore from them.

“The next step is to remain unbeaten.”

After a long hard season Town have performed incredibly well and accomplished what they have been aiming to achieve all season. 

They are deservedly champions of the Division North and now aim to finish the season unbeaten which would be an incredible achievement. Town’s next fixture is on Tuesday against Bradford City. 

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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: 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.

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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. 

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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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Three Town players called up to the English Universities Football Team

Serena Fletcher, Georgia Marshall and loanee Mia Parry have been called up to the English Universities Football Team.

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We are very excited to announce that three Town players have been called up the English University team

Georgia Marshall, from University of Leeds, Serena Fletcher from University of Huddersfield and Mia Parry from Liverpool John Moores ave been called up to represent the University team after studying alongside playing for Town. 

The trio will travel down to Watford today to take part in a friendly, before joining back up with the team at St. James Park.

Serena Fletcher spoke after the announcement yesterday: “It’s an honour to be selected and represent Huddersfield University alongside studying nursing, it’s always a special moment representing your country and I’m excited to meet up with the team today ahead of the game.”

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Mia Parry continued: “I am excited and privileged to have been selected to represent my country for England universities. I can’t wait for this new challenge and to play with some top players in England!” 

Georgia Marshall, who was also called-up, said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the players and I can’t wait to play against some tough opponents. I am overjoyed to be representing the University of Leeds and I’m looking forward to rising to this challenge.”

You can find out everything you need to know about what the trio will get up to on @EngUniSport on Twitter, as well as our social media channels @HTAFCWomen. 

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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 REPORT: Southampton 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town Women travelled to Armco Arena, the home of Solihull Moors in the FAWNL League Cup Final.

  • Town Women’s first ever FAWNL League Cup final
  • Town dominant but just fall short against Southern Premier Division Champions 
  • Manager Glen Preston shared his thoughts 
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In a game where anything could happen, Southern Premier Division champions Southampton were favourites. However, Town Women gave as good as they could get and held the Saints for the majority of the half. 

During the opening stages of the game, both teams saw plenty of the ball but everytime the final pass was just short. It was the Saints who had the best chance of the first period, with Ella Pusey’s attempt just wide.

As the half continued, Brittany Sanderson had a huge chance to give Town Women the lead. She beat Kayla Rendell in goal, before Rosie Parnell clears it off the line. It looked to have hit her hand, but the referee awarded a corner. 

At the break, Southampton had the lead however following a tap-in at the back post. A dangerous cross flew into the box and Alisha Ware was on hand at the back post to give her time the lead on the stroke of half-time.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Into the second half and it was still all to play. The biggest chance of the early stages fell to Lucia Kendall when she hit the crossbar. Town were pushing for that equaliser.

The Terriers chances were coming from Kate Mallin as the half played out and each time Molly Mott was on hand for the Saints to keep her out. Elford had a chance with 25 minutes left on the clock but a miss-hit kick went into the ‘keeper. 

Town were pushing for that equaliser and were holding onto possession, with Saints’ attempts coming on the counter. Elford had a great chance to equalise for the Terriers, then on the counter, Lucia Kendall doubled the lead for the hosts. 

Then, with less than six minutes left it felt like gameover when Saints had their third. Kendall scored her second of the afternoon with a firecracker of an attempt from outside the box. 

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

At full-time, a disappointed but proud Glen Preston said: “We gave it absolutely everything. We lost to a better team, but for 60 minutes we went toe to toe with them. 

“The players should be absolutely proud of themselves, they put in a monumental effort today, representing the club with everything you would expect, dignity, pride, class, they have been superb.” 

Town Women are back in action on Saturday 30th April when we travel to the home of Doncaster Rovers, the Eco-Power Stadium (formerly Keepmoat Stadium), in the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup.

Fans are welcome to come along to South Yorkshire to support Town against Barnsley, with the game kicking off at 10:30am on Saturday morning. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Hull City Reserves

• Town Women welcome East Yorkshire side
•  Huddersfield Town Women Devs edging up the table

Credit: Eva Rae Photos

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team host Hull City Reserves for reverse fixture following their victory against the same side just three weeks ago.

Last time out, the Devs travelled to Middlesbrough reserves. Boro struggled against the high flying Terriers, who enjoyed a goal fest at the Herlingshaw Centre.

Town Devs are unbeaten in the FAWNL Reserves Northern Division, having played 14 matches, winning 12 and drawing two.

The Terriers still have four games in hand on Chorley who are at the top of the league, only three points behind the leaders.

Town will be looking to continue their great league form on Sunday and try to get closer to Chorley who are closer to the end of their campaign.

The visitors are Hull City Reserves. The East Yorkshire side have played one more game than Chorley, and are currently ninth in the table.

City have won four of their 19 games, losing 14 with one drawn. The Tigresses sit third from bottom and have played the most games of all teams in the league.

Hull City women had a very close game against Middlesbrough themselves recently. The East Yorkshire side went 2-0 down, but pushed hard and scored a consulation goal.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Hull will be desperate to earn a win. The hosts last won a league game in January, against bottom of the table Barnsley.

The only other point that Hull City have achieved was in a draw against Stockport County.

Last time Out

The Terriers dominated the Tigresses at Haworth Park, although the pitch was not the easiest to play on. Uneven surfaces meant the game didn’t really get going at first. However, Town were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, and Captain Kayley Hird stepped up and sent their ‘keeper the wrong way. Tara Duce and Lois Mattock ensured that Town headed into the break well up.

Steve Winterburn commented on the last fixture against the East Yorkshire side

Last time out at Hull we approached the game in the same manner, but we were met with a couple of unexpected issues, which we coped with well.

One being a very dry, uneven and bobbly pitch. The other being a very enthusiastic and quite physically strong oppostition. To be honest, on reflection I have to say I am shocked by their league position. I really thought they gave us a good game, which we had to adapt to quickly and knuckle down in, despite the scoreline.

Players to watch

Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are both the ones to watch in this match. Hird and Buckle are a centre half duo who have been instrumental in recent Town Women performances and have not conceded in the league in over a month.

Credit: Steve Winterburn

Winterburn continued: “Hopefully we can continue our momentum on Sunday against Hull but we are well aware that all our remaining matches will not be easy as now we have put ourselves into a good position, others around us will be trying that little bit harder to derail us but we have prepared well as we have been doing all season.”

Huddersfield Town devs are riding high in the table, and will want to build on the team spirit, togetherness and confidence. However, now is not the time to become blasé. Losing concentration or taking the win for granted can be the downfall.

Kick off is Sunday 24th April at 14.00 at the Stafflex Arena. 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 @HTAFCWomendevs 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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