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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 REPORT: Town Blast Through Boldmere St Michaels in League Cup

Report by Cameron Felton

Seventh heaven for Town as they turn on the style against Boldmere St Michaels in the Women’s National League Cup Determining Round.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Huddersfield Town Women turned on the style as they dispatched National League Division 1 Midlands side Boldmere St Michaels, looking to right the wrongs of last week after the disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Burnley last weekend.
Brooke Marsden and Britt Sanderson grabbing braces, with Ria Montgomery, Kate Mallin and Lucy Sowerby also finding the back of the net for Steve Appleton’s side.

Town started the first period strong with Marsden coming closest in the opening five with her shot being blocked by the Boldmere defence, but the deadlock was soon broken in the sixth as Montgomery’s amazing run wasn’t dealt with and she put the ball past Daisy Jenkins in the Boldmere goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

11 minutes later Boldmere were on terms after Macy Fox found enough space in Town’s box to finish past Becky Flaherty in the town goal, from then on Town really started piling the pressure on, Sanderson firing just wide from outside the box not long after.

Town retook the lead after 18 minutes, Marsden getting the first of her double after tapping in from close range.
The division one side nearly hit back straight away but their shot fizzed over Flaherty’s goal and Boldmere were made to pay. Five minutes later, Town stretched further in front after a deflected ball forward fell at the feet of Sanderson and she fired into the back of the net for her first of the game.

The half-way mark of the period passed, and Town could’ve extended their lead, Marsden getting on the end of a fantastic cross and forced Boldmere keeper Jenkins into a save, moments later Sowerby nearly snuck one into the far-right top corner, her venomous shot hitting the back of a Boldmere defender and cannoning back off the underside of the bar.

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Two minutes later it was Boldmere’s turn to hit the bar, after some brilliant interception play, the ball is played forward and luckily for town bounces off the bar and they’re able to clear any danger.

Still more drama in the 1st period as Town so nearly had a fourth as a bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Boldmere defence and bounces over the ‘keeper but a defender manages to get back and clear off the line.

The second period started just as dramatic as the first finished, Town hitting the bar again after getting round the keeper and getting a shot away and moments later Georgia Marshall comes close with her header.

Sanderson got her second of the game two minutes later as Boldmere hesitated on the ball and a wayward pass fell straight at Sanderson’s feet and she placed it past Jenkins in the visitor’s goal.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Mallin was straight into the action after coming off the bench as she gets down the line to deliver a brilliant ball into Sowerby, the latter unable to convert from close range. Moments later Mallin extended town’s lead after a brilliant ball over the top is matched with a brilliantly timed run and kept her composure whilst bearing down goal and coolly stroked the ball into the far-left corner, well out the reach of Jenkins outstretched arms.

The action didn’t stop there as town were running rampant and three minutes later made it six as Sowerby’s effort hits the post but rebounds to an acceptant Marsden, who tapped home for Towns sixth and her second.

10 minutes before the end Annie Highway got a goal back for the visitors but Sowerby finally found the net for Town after an afternoon of frustration for the forward. Boldmere giving a freekick away just over 18 yards out, slightly left of centre and the Town forward did no more than smash the ball towards goal and watching her shot cannon off the inside of the post and nestle in the opposite corner without bouncing. An impressive goal to finish and impressive performance off the Terriers and booking their place in the next round of the league cup.

PHOTO: JESS HORNBY

Manager Steve Appleton speaking after the game:

I think on occasions we looked comfortable in the game, but you can’t switch off, Boldmere scored two goals, second ones a really good finish probably not much we could’ve done about that one but the first goals a bit sloppy on our point of view

After last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Burnley, Appleton said his team have been a bit inconsistent but was much happier after this afternoon’s emphatic win in front of the terriers fans at the Stafflex,

“You’ve got to be happy, were in the next round of the cup, we’ve scored seven goals and some of our football was superb and Boldmere came here to cause an upset so we had to be professional with what we did and we know the players reacted in the right way”

Town are next in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 26th September with a 2pm kick-off time here at the Stafflex Arena

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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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MO MOUELHI STEPS UP TO FIRST TEAM

After a year at the club, we are excited to confirm Mo Mouelhi will be leaving his role with our Development Side and joining our First Team as a coach.

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Mouelhi had a successful first year at the club with our Development Squad and took charge of the team during their pre-season run and first league game win over Liverpool Feds last weekend. However, the highly qualified coach will now join our First Team with immediate effect.

Speaking on his time with our Development Side, Mouelhi said: 

“I think my time with the Devs was a successful experience, we worked hard last session in an exceptional environment  and we achieved good results. 

“For this season we had a very strong start in pre-season where we played very competitive teams and we managed to have positive results and we started the league with a comfortable win.”

As he begins his new chapter with the first team, he continued:

“I think coaching the first team will bring new exciting challenges as the league is so competitive and there are some very good teams. I am sure with my experience in tactical analysis and  conditioning I can support Steve and the team in achieving good results.”

Everyone from our Development Side wishes Mouelhi all the best as he joins the first team ahead of their cup game at the Stafflex Arena this weekend. 

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Founder of Proud Terriers talks to Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield Town Women spoke to Ryan Mather, the founder of Proud Terriers, recently to discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ fan groups and his experiences.

Football is one of, if not the most, popular sports in the world and one thing that still causes problems in modern times is the casual use of homophobic language. Especially in recent weeks, football clubs have had to speak out against homophobic language after fans return to stadiums.

Ryan Mather, the founder of Proud Terriers, a Huddersfield Town LGBTQ+ supporters club shared his experiences at football stadiums and how important it is to continue to discuss the topics in both the men’s and women’s games.

“Just existing is powerful to see, to know that there are other like-minded people up and down the country that are trying to push for change because that is the right thing to do because football should be for everyone, but unfortunately it is not.

“I feel like it gives LGBT people a voice when they feel like they may not have one. It shows that there are a lot of people who want to fight for change in football.”

Proud Terriers was founded by Ryan when he was inspired by other LGBTQ+ football groups. Being inspired is how everything starts, and having public figures who speak up to show their support for the community is massive in today’s society. Ryan continued:

“Jordan Henderson for example, during the euros he came out in solidarity with us, and that is powerful for me and for others because to see a high-profile name come out in support, it is important because you can’t understand the difference that makes.”

Huddersfield Town Women stand for equality in and outside of football, because not everyone, including Ryan, have had a good experience in stadiums.

“From personal experience, I have come to terms with who I am, I am open about who I am, but I was experiencing things on the terraces that I didn’t feel comfortable with and I felt uneasy, so I started this fan group up and the rest is history.

“I had my flag out and I started to notice these two men starring and laughing at me, making comments under their breath, that made me feel uncomfortable. But, as I say, I stood strong at that moment. That’s just one instance where you can see it’s unacceptable.”

Having confidence in yourself and everyone around you is so important in modern times, and that is why we are proud to share our support to Ryan and everyone at Proud Terriers.

In the months to come, we will start displaying a “Proud Terriers” flag at our home ground, The Stafflex Arena. As well as continuing to work with the official supporters club to show that you can be who you are, and you can wear that with pride. 

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MATCH REPORT: Devs Score Five in Opening Day Victory

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Squad score five goals in their first game of the season against Liverpool Feds.

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A great day for our Development Side as they beat Liverpool Feds on the opening day of the season. Town were raring to go, and that was clear within the opening minutes of the game.

As the whistle for kick-off went, Town went straight at Liverpool Feds and their opponents were made to pay straight from the first moments of the game, as a poor back pass gave Macy Ellis a chance to have a shot, and the forward rarely fails to find the back of the net. The Terriers could not have got their league campaign off to a better start.

However, just three minutes later, Town had their lead stolen as the Feds found an early equaliser. Two goals in the opening five minutes were a real indication of how the game would progress, and everyone watching at the Stafflex Arena were not disappointed.

Both sides were pushing for the next goal in the game, with every player on the pitch eager to help their side. Town had a corner that was hit towards goal by summer signing Falone Sumaili, but her header struck the crossbar and the Feds were let off. 

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It was not long before Town got another chance however, as just after the half an hour mark, Macy Ellis found the back of the net for her second goal of the game. Sumaili held up play well, before a lofted pass found Ellis in the box who was on hand to once again find the back of the net. 

Town were all fired up after that goal, and just three minutes after Macy Ellis grabbed her second, Sumaili was brought down in the box and centre half Kayley Hird converted the spot kick to give the Terriers a two-goal lead at the break.

Both sides were pushing for another goal as the second half begun and progressed, and to our delight, it was the Terriers who scored next. Sumaili continued her record of scoring in every match she has played for Town, by scoring from close range after Molly Ellis found the striker in the box. 

However, once again, Town dropped off after scoring and the Feds found a redemption for their four goals conceded, restoring the teams back to within two goals of each, with 25 minutes left on the clock.

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It was not to be for the away side though, as just a few minutes after scoring her first of the afternoon, Sumaili scored again. Great composure from the in-form forward who just can’t stop scoring.

That turned out to be the fifth and final goal of a game that was fiery from the get go. Mo Mouelhi was happy with the victory.

“Overall it has been a fantastic  performance from the team. Everyone  worked hard throughout the game. We dominated  possession and created far more chances. 

“The hard work, the discipline of the players during preseason and training  is paying off. We are all pleased with today’s display and it was a well deserved win.”

Town continue their season at they travel to Chorley on Sunday. 

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MATCH REPORT: Town Lose to Burnley 4-0

Huddersfield Town Women suffered their first loss of the season following a 4-0 thrashing away to Burnley.

It was a day to forget for the Terriers as they went behind within the first minutes of the game, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Goals from Burnley’s Courtney Willis, Nic Worthington, Millie Ravening and Lizzy Hamer made sure Steve Appleton’s side suffered their first league defeat since they played Burnley away last season (2020/21). This result means that Huddersfield stays on 8 points following the first 5 games of the season.

Despite a quick attack following the opening whistle by Lucy Sowerby, it was Burnley who struck the back of the net just a minute and a half into the game. Willis managed to take advantage of a rebound following a good stop by Bethan Davies in goal. The next half hour would see both sides trying to control the game with notable chances including goal-mouth scrambles and shots flying over the bar. Both goalkeepers were kept busy through making confident saves when required. However, Burnley would gain a penalty kick towards the end of the first half – converted by Worthington. 

The second half start mirrored the first with the Terriers finding themselves three goals behind within the opening minutes. Ravening’s shot being fired towards the right post and having a lucky bounce into the back of the net. Just 10 minutes later Burnley officially finished-off the game when they found the net for the fourth time when Hamer beat the offside trap to score against Davies in a 1-on-1. The rest of the half featured Burnley hitting the bar and Town enjoying their first good spells of the game. The full time whistle couldn’t come soon enough.

Following the match, Huddersfield manager Steve Appleton said his side needed to improve:

“Burnley got what they deserved and we got what we deserved – it’s as simple as that. We didn’t play well and Burnley took advantage of every mistake we made. Burnley got three points and they deserved it.”

“I have the mindset that defeats in games happen and although the score line suggests it’s a bad defeat – it would only be a really bad defeat if we don’t learn our lessons from it and move forward. We need to take the lessons we learnt into the next game and put it right. We lost three points but if we learn from it and recover well then maybe this is a blessing in disguise.”

Huddersfield Town Women take a break from league action as they face Boldmere St Michael’s in the league cup next Sunday.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Devs Begin League campaign at the Stafflex

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team begin their league campaign on Sunday as they host Liverpool Feds at the Stafflex Arena.

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Our Development Team get their FAWNL North Division Reserves League underway on Sunday, and will be hoping to continue improving and building on the success from pre-season.

Last year, the Devs got their season underway away from home, however, on their first game of the year at the Stafflex, a goalless draw saw both sides leave with a share of the spoils. In a rather remarkable deja vu situation, the Terriers host the same team for their first league home game this season as well.

During their five pre-season friendlies, the Terriers were defeated just once, against Harrogate Town. Town scored 20 goals in those games, averaging at four goals a game, with new signing Falone Sumaili scoring just under half of them.

After what has been a successful start to the season, Mo Mouelhi has been reflecting on just how important this start has been to the team.

“Pre-season did help us to work on various aspects of the game mainly tactically and game fitness. We have also improved during  preseason. We will take all of that into the league and we will start strong in every game.

“Falone has offered a different edge to the team and she has been clinical in every game she has played. Although, our goals do come from various players, which is a good sign of the strength in the squad. Sunday’s game will be challenging but we are ready for it.” 

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As well as the great preparations the team have undergone, the Terriers have also boosted their squad by adding a number of U18 players to the team, with many of them getting minutes and playing during the last few weeks. Mouelhi continued:

“I think the current squad is one of the best. We have a lot of U18 players who have showed good adaptability and skills to compete at open age football, as well as the established players who have the experience in the league.”

Mouelhi is ready for the start of the campaign and so are our players, as we aim to kick off the season with success this weekend. 

The Development Team’s campaign gets underway on Sunday at 14:00, with live updates building up to kick off on their twitter @htafcwomendevs.

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