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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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MATCH PREVIEW: Town kick off Cup at Home

The Women’s National League cup returns for another season as Huddersfield Town Women welcome, Division One Midlands table toppers, Boldmere St Michaels to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Town will be looking to make a winning start in this year’s competition, which returns to the fixture calendar for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. Huddersfield will also want to redeem themselves following their disappointing 4-0 loss away to Burnley last week. Manager Steve Appleton says inconsistency has cost his team so far this season.

“We’ve been inconsistent so far this season but as with any period of transition, we won’t be perfect overnight, although there has been lots of positives so far.”

Sunday’s visitors have made a fantastic start to the season taking 13 points from an available 15. They started the season with an impressive 8-1 victory against Bedworth United and have stayed unbeaten. Despite their lower league status, Appleton has warned his side about being complacent with the lower league opposition:

“Our opponents are in the league below, but they have made a good start to their season, so we need to avoid complacency and treat them with the respect they deserve.”

This will be Town’s first Sunday fixture at home this season with their only other home fixture ending as a draw against local rivals Brighouse Town several Wednesdays ago. Appleton has called out for Terriers fans to back the team this weekend.

“It’ll be good to get back in front of our supporters, I hope we get a good following, and the fans are behind the team after a tough week.”

Kick-off is from 2pm Sunday at the Stafflex Arena, with match updates via Twitter @HTAFCWomen.

Tickets are available on the gate and are priced as follows.
Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Kids: Free

Please note that it is Cash Only at the Stafflex Arena.

Preview by Cameron Felton.

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STEVE WINTERBURN REJOINS HTWFC

Huddersfield Town Women are delighted to announce Steve Winterburn has returned to the club as a Development Team Coach. 

After the earlier announcement of Mo Mouelhi joining our first team as a coach and Alan Eastwood taking over as Development Team manager, we are thrilled that Winterburn will be rejoining the Terriers to join Eastwood with our Devs.

With the Devs winning their first league game of the season, Winterburn joins a team who are well prepared for the upcoming season.

On his arrival, Winterburn said:

“After my announcement over two years ago, bringing 25 years of coaching to an end, I’m pleased and excited to say that “It’s great to be back!”

“The break was much needed for me at the time as all coaches, managers and people involved in football know just how addictive and time consuming the sport is and sometimes we have to remind ourselves that family and personal life is just as important to us all. 

“After receiving an unexpected text message from an old friend at Town last month it kick-started my love of coaching again and after a few sleepless nights and a lot of decision making, weighing up the pros and cons, I made the next step of going to meet some of the players and chat face to face with coaches and committee members. Three weeks later I’m now helping out with the development team and have made a commitment to help run the squad with Manager Alan Eastwood. 

“When I was last at Town, my coaching role started with the devs before moving on to the first team and u14s before leaving to take back the reins at Bradford City where after only a short stay I made the decision to hang my boots up.

“The best part of returning to coach the Devs is that the majority of the squad are a mixture of the Devs that I was involved with before and what ‘were’ the u14’s!  Not forgetting replenishing the much enjoyable partnership with big Al. 

“So familiar and friendly faces definitely helped make my mind up and what helps is they already know me and know what I expect from them at training/match days and so far things are looking good. I hope I can continue to work on their pathway to bigger and better things over time but the immediate plans are to settle into the new season.”

Alan Eastwood, Devs Manager, spoke on Winterburn’s arrival:

“Things seem to be coming together nicely and bringing in the highly experienced Steve Winterburn alongside me will only help us get better and better. We have all the right ingredients, we just need to cook up something special.” 

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ALAN EASTWOOD TO STEP UP AS NEW DEVS MANAGER

Huddersfield Town Women are excited to announce that Development Team coach Alan Eastwood will be joining the team permanently as their manager with immediate effect.

Eastwood returned to HTWFC in July after previously having a role with our Development Team a few years ago. 

Everyone at the club is excited to have him on board permanently and upon his arrival, he said:

“I’m raring to go and would like to thank the club for showing faith in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity. We have an amazing group of young players, full of potential who are hungry to learn, work hard and fight for their places across two very strong open age teams. 

“I’m looking forward to working with the players and helping them progress onto the next stage of their development as individuals and as a team. The main focus is the players development. I’m looking to get the right balance of ability and experience in the side to develop everyone in this squad as a player, a team and as a person.

“Having had experience of working with both the juniors and the open age teams, I know it can be overwhelming for some players to make the step between the two. I will support anyone making that transition but the team have already been extremely welcoming to the junior players and we are gelling nicely as a group.

“I know the junior teams inside out and know the potential we have coming through over the next few years and having a familiar face in the set up will hopefully make that easier for them….even if it is mine!

“The players have quickly realised I’m extremely hands on as a manager and that I set very high standards of professionalism on and off the pitch. It’s been great getting to know some new faces and it’s been fantastic to catch up with some familiar ones. 

“We’ve had some extremely productive training sessions over that past few weeks and the players fitness levels and first touch are coming on nicely, especially considering how long they’ve been away from the pitch during the pandemic. The players seem to be a solid unit and with the addition of multiple junior players coming through the ranks, it’s setting up to be a promising season.

“Sunday was a decent start and there are so many positives to take from the game but there is still a lot of room for improvement. A huge sign of knowledge and maturity is that the players have identified this as well. They want to improve on certain aspects of their game as individuals and as a team and we will work extremely hard as a group over the coming weeks to ensure we all reach a standard we feel is high enough.

“The players have been fantastic for me so far. They are very mature for their age and there is some real heart and passion within the group which always makes it easier for a manager. It’s refreshing to see so many players playing for the badge with fire in their bellies and wanting to get better each week. The morale is great and will only improve the more the season progresses.

“If they carry on showing the required levels of professionalism, working hard and striving to develop then we will give ourselves the best possible chance of success when we cross that white line on matchday.”

Alan will take charge of his first game with our Development Squad this weekend as he and the team travel to Chorley for their season game of the season. 

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CATCH UP: Town Devs Pre-Season

Huddersfield Town Women Development Team begin their 2021/22 campaign on Sunday as they host Liverpool Feds in the Northern Division Reserves league.

After over a month of preparation, our Development Team are more than ready for the season ahead as they aim to put the covid-fuelled season from last year behind them.

PHOTO: KAY SHACKLETON

Pre-season started in the West Midlands for our Development Team as Mo Mouelhi and the team travelled to West Bromwich Albion. A great first game to get minutes back into the players legs after not playing for the last few months. It was success for the Devs after a great cross from Sian Gibrill-Keating found a West Brom defender in the box who hit the ball into the back of her own net.  

As the game continued, Town saw many more chances, with U18 players Laura and Alyssa both getting on the score sheet. In the second half, new summer signing Falone Sumaili scored two debut goals to show her capabilities in front of goal.

With Town continuing their pre-season run, the Devs travelled down the road to South Yorkshire and came up against Barnsley in a Tuesday evening game.

The game got off to a great start for the Terriers, and another fantastic performance from Sumaili as the new signing scored a hat-trick to make it five goals in her first two games. Although Town lead in this game, a late comeback from Barnsley saw the full-time whistle blow and the game end in a draw.  This was another great chance for the players to continue their build for the start of the campaign. 

Just a few days later, on Yorkshire Day, Town travelled to Harrogate Town where an unlucky goal in the early stages of the game saw the Terriers behind for the first time. As the game continued, Sumaili scored again to get Town back in the game, however, this was not enough with Harrogate finding their winner shortly after.

For their next friendly, the Devs were back on home soil and hosting Ossett United for the third meeting since the start of last season, and finally, in a change of fortune, our Development team came out victorious.

Their previous two ties saw 14 goals scored by either side, and this friendly was no different. The Terriers scored four in a six goal thriller, with Sumaili, Zoe Laughton, Tara Duce and Molly Ellis the goalscorers. A real show of resilience as to how much the side have progressed in the last year as they beat their opponents for the first time in three meetings.

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Town travelled back to the Midlands for their final game of pre-season as they came up against Leicester City at their training ground. Again, another goal fuelled game saw the Devs come out on top after scoring seven.

Macy Ellis scored three, Sumaili grabbed two, Laughton scored again for her second game on the bounce and Gibrill-Keating added another to run riot as the final preparations were well underway for the start of the campaign. 
A real success for Town in pre-season, having come out victorious in three of their five games. New signing Falone Sumaili definitely showing her capability in front of goal for the Terriers scoring in every single game, scoring nine of our 20 goals. 

Town now look to prepare for their first game against Liverpool Feds at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday where fans are welcome to come down and support our Development Team as they push for opening day success. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MATCH REPORT: Town Devs Comprehensively defeat Leicester City

Town Devs run riot at Leicester City in a 7-2 score line at Leicester City Training Ground on Sunday afternoon, in a ruthless game of football from the Terriers perspective.

A thrilling victory winning by a margin of 5 goals as the Terriers broke immensely, outpacing and outrunning the opposition. The first half brought various chances with Zoe Laughton getting an early opportunity following a corner. The corner fell to Alice Linsell whose shot fell straight into the hands of the keeper.

A cloudy Leicester turned wet as the contest was fairly steady in the opening stages with both sides seeing plenty of possession. Falone Sumaili broke the deadlock in the 11th minute as she continued to thrive in a Terriers shirt getting the visitors underway. Shortly after Macy Ellis was offered the chance to double the lead, her shot straight at the ‘keeper who punched the ball out for a corner.

Sumaili would go again in the game utilising her fierce pace, doubling her goal tally after a misplaced pass by Leicester City allowed her to go round the corner slotting the ball beyond the reach of the ‘keeper. Just three minutes after scoring she nearly had her hatrick with just 19 minutes on the clock chipping the goalkeeper but to her luck the ball rattled the crossbar.

Zoe Laughton also proved to be a handful for the Foxes as she also hit the bar after her free kick from just outside the box. The set piece hit the wall but her rebound shot slammed the bar. The Terriers weren’t to sit back as they continued to attack at the top of the pitch making it three in quick succession as Macy Ellis grabbed her first of the afternoon.

As well as, Laughton finding her groove to grab an assist, she also registered a goal for the second game running, scoring a header from outside the 18 years box. As the whistle blew for half time Town were in control heading into the break four goals better off than their opposition, looking for more in the second period to Leicester’s disappointment which was clear to see.

Town continued to pile on the pressure searching for more goals but Leicester did pull one back two minutes into the second half. The Terriers did however suffer a set back, the first negative of the afternoon as the captain pulled up, the manager forced into a change with Sharone Buckle substituted. Leicester would not lie down trying to regain control getting another but Town were also hungry for more goals. Gibrill-Keating was on hand to find the back of the net with a pass in after a keeper spillage from a corner taken by Tara Duce.

But just as the game neared the end Macy Ellis got her brace after a brilliant one two with Duce and completed her hatrick just eight minutes before full time, Duce once again drove the ball forward, the number 16 on hand to run around the ‘keeper and pass the ball at ease into the back of the net.

Mo Mouelhi was beaming in his smile at full time. “We worked hard for the past two weeks and put a lot into practice in training, tried to improve in the points we picked from previous games. We came in ready to this game. The score line was reflective of how dominant we were. I’m very pleased with all the players in what they put in so happy for this custody and happy for the players aswell.”

Mouelhi is aware his team have a great deal of quality. “Going forward we have pace and energy that’s what made the difference today and we played smart football around their defenders to create a great deal of chances. The finishing was high quality. I think watching our midfielders this is the best game I’ve seen them playing even though we made a few errors, they dominated the game. This is what fed Falone and Macy and to be fair for both of them the finishing was exceptional.”

With the friendly game out of the way the Terriers will face Stoke City at home next Sunday before the first league game against Liverpool Feds on September 5. Mo Mouelhi continues to marshall his troops with all eyes on the start of the season.

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MATCH REPORT: Routine Win for Town in Penultimate Pre-Season Fixture.

Huddersfield Town Women beat Greater Manchester side Stockport County by 2 goals to nil this past Sunday with goals from Laura Elford and Paige Crossman.

Town Celebrate After Scoring A Goal
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Following the news that broke Saturday morning about Jordan Wimpenny’s departure, this was the first game that saw Steve Appleton in charge. The Terriers came into this game following a competitive draw against Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The game started with both teams tending to cancel each other out around the midfield areas, although there were some positive spells for both teams as they attacked throughout the first half.

Paige Crossman Scores For Huddersfield
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Bethan Davies was forced into a fantastic save when a Stockport player broke into the box. Town’s Laura Elford opened the scoring after the half hour mark from a ball that looked like a cross, which found itself lobbing the goalkeeper from a wide position. Town nearly doubled their lead when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball crashing against the bar and off the line. Just before the half time whistle Macy Ellis had a golden opportunity to score her first ever senior Huddersfield goal when she side-stepped the keeper only for her shot to be cleared off the line.

The second half started just as the above rain cloud decided to burst. Like the first half, most possession was fought within the midfield areas with small glimpses of counter-attacks that failed to challenge either goalkeeper. New signing Ria Montgomery’s introduction to the game saw more attacking threat being utilised on the wide areas as Town were awarded a series of corners. One of these set-pieces allowed Town to double their lead when Paige Crossman headed into the back of the net. The rest of the half saw Town enjoy more attacking threat but failed to test the goalkeeper.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Women Take on Blackburn in a Pre-Season Friendly at Home

Town Women welcome Blackburn to West Yorkshire in an interesting tie on the agenda on Sunday afternoon.

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The pre season fixture is a 2pm kick off at the Stafflex Arena with the meeting allowing fans in through the gate on West Yorkshire turf. 

Blackburn currently play in the FA Women’s Championship within the Women’s football Pyramid in Lancashire. As the Blue and Whites return to action they will see some familiar faces in Serena Fletcher, Becky Flaherty who previously featured for the club. 

Previously Huddersfield played out a dominant contest at Fleetwood Town Wrens. Nine goals during the game blew away the hosts in scorching conditions up in Lancashire in which Town were ruthless in front of goal. 

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Manager Jordan Wimpenny assesses his sides chances ahead of Blackburn looking to register another win this time on home soil. Wimpenny is aware this is the first pre season game at the Stafflex Arena. 

“We will look to build on our previous performance so far within pre season. We know Blackburn will be a tough game but one we are very much looking forward too. A championship side who will most definitely cause us problems but another important game for our pre season preparations. Clean sheets and goals are what you always try to achieve and we will do what we can to help achieve our objectives.”

Defensively last game Huddersfield were solid as ever at the back. When questioned on switching up reinforcements at the back, Wimpenny said: 

“We are a versatile team with many different options at the moment minutes are important for players but also it’s a chance for us to see how the team may look going into the new season and how we are taking shape.”

The Town manager admits this game is a great opportunity for the two new signings Becky and Autumn to stamp their authority in the team just before the season commences.

“We have had some new faces around the team and all those players will want to impress and show what they can bring because like all players they will want to feature when the season starts.”

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