Huddersfield Town Women defeated on final game of the season.
Huddersfield Town Women welcomed an already relegated Hull City to the Stafflex Arena on Sunday 8th May but ended the season in defeat to finish sixth place.
Town Women dominated the early exchanges of the game and there were chances for both Laura Elford and Kate Mallin but after 16 minutes a long-range strike from Helen Lynskey flew over Laura Carter in goal to give the visitors the lead.
Hull would soon double their advantage as on the half an hour mark a corner was swung in and it dropped fortuitously to Hull’s Lynskey who rifled it in to make it two. Town Women responded quickly through, top scorer, Elford who came through 1 on 1 following an excellent lobbed ball by captain Vicky Abbott, the forward shooting with power on the edge of the box to beat the standard keeper.
The second half was dominated largely by Town Women again with good spells of attack coming from the left-hand side, but nothing transpired into a goal.
Then, on 55 minutes, an emotional farewell for Laura Carter as she was given a guard of honour by both set of players as she left the pitch for her final Town Women Game following 20 years with the club.
The home side continued to dominate, and Mallin came extremely close again as her free kick forced a brilliant save from the Hull keeper. The game proceeded to be well-managed by Hull and despite a strong challenge from Town Women during the final few moments they were unable to find an equaliser. The game finished as it was a at half time: 1-2 to the visitors.
The full-time whistle not only ended the 2021/22 season. It also called time on Vicky Abbott’s footballing career as Town Women’s long-standing centre-back will be hanging up her boots alongside Carter’s goalkeeping gloves and Katie Stanley’s captains’ armband.
Huddersfield Town Women Devs play Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game of the season.
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.
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.
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team keep up the unbeaten record as they beat Bradford City 7-1 in another brilliant result.
The Terriers started the game fast and they wasted no time getting in front, just 10 minutes into the game the deadlock was broken with a goal from Lois Mattock. Falone Sumaili beat the offside trap and then the city ‘keeper, before crossing to Mattock who tapped the ball into an open net to make it 1-0.
On the 30th minute, Sumaili got her second assist of the evening as she passed the ball to Macy Ellis whose powerful shot hit the bar and went in. An unstoppable strike and a brilliant start for Town.
Then just five minutes later after already getting two assists, Sumaili was on the scoresheet as well. Great play from Leoni Price ran into space and her shot was magnificently saved, but the rebound fell to Sumaili who scored to make it 3-0.
Town then got another goal this time it came from Sian Gibrill-Keating. After a pass from Mattock, Gibrill-Keating’s shot was fired into the back off the net. After a brilliant 45 minutes from Town, they went into the break 4-0 up, continuing their brilliant league form.
Town started the second half as they ended the first and in the 48th minute Macy Ellis got her second of the match. The ball was crossed into the box and Ellis was first to react to make it 5-0 to the Terriers.
In the 60th minute Town made it 6-0 with a goal from substitute Laura. After a great cross from Mattock, Laura got her first goal of the match and Town’s sixth. City managed to get a goal back in the 64th minute.
To crown off a good performance Macy Ellis got her hat-trick with her final touch of the game. Her shot flew through the city goalkeepers’ legs and into the back of the net.
Minutes later the full-time whistle went. It was another goal-filled result from Town who haven’t let their standards drop all season and stay unbeaten in the league.
At full-time manager Alan Eastwood wasn’t fully impressed with the performance but happy with the seven goals: “If were not playing well and we’ve scored seven goals that’s a massive positive.
“We want to get to the end of the season unbeaten now and we’ve gone through the motions today, but we really need to pick this up for the last game of the season now.”
Town are now just one game away from finishing the season unbeaten which would be an unbelievable achievement and would cap off a fantastic season.
Their final game of the season is against Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday. Supporters are welcome to come and see the final game of the season and give the girls a great send off.
Huddersfield Town Women Devs travel to local rivals Bradford City in what will be their final away game of the campaign.
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.
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.
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.
Huddersfield Town Women Devs face an important top of the table clash against title rivals Chorley Women.
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.
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.
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.
Huddersfield Town Women Devs are taking a short trip to West Yorkshire for a derby against Leeds United.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Huddersfield Town’s Development Team travelled to Middlesbrough on Easter weekend in hopes of getting their bank holiday off to a good start.
An egg-cellent day for football as Town’s Development Team travel to North Yorkshire in the sun on Easter Sunday.
Two goals in the opening quarter of an hour set the Terriers off on a terrific start. Lois Mattock scored the first of the afternoon after a scramble in the box with the ‘keeper but Town came out on top and had the lead.
Shortly after, Tara Duce doubled Town’s lead following a great chipped ball from Macy Ellis. Captain Kayley Hird was next on the scoresheet when she scored from a corner. Sharone Buckle’s headed attempt was saved off the line before Hird’s header was scored into an open goal.
The final goal of the half was from the first goal scorer of the afternoon, Mattock. Her second was better than the first after she fired a powerful shot into the centre of the net.
Town aimed to get the second half off to the same start as the first half ended and that showed when Cassidy Clift had a chance five minutes in, followed by chances for Macy Ellis, Leoni Price and Duce. However, the ‘keeper saved every attempt.
Eventually, Town scored their first of the second half with substitute and under-18s player Mia scoring her first goal for the open age team. She almost got her second less than a minute later. Clift made it six with a brilliant finish not long after.
It was seven shortly after when Town had a corner that was crossed into the box by Duce. Buckle passed back to Duce to keep the ball alive, with the follow up cross flying straight into the back of the net.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Gibrill-Keating scored after being determined to get on the scoresheet and Macy Ellis scored twice to round it off to 10 goals for the game.
At full-time manager Alan Eastwood said: “We continue the exact same way we are now, keep professional, keep training hard and keep our mind on one game at a time.
“There is no point saying what we are going to do in the next two or three games, we look forward to next week now and that’s all we do. If we can keep taking that momentum into games, i’m sure it’s going to be a positive end to the season if we continue.”
Town are in action again on Sunday 24th April when we host east Yorkshire side Hull City. Follow our social media channels @htafcwomendevs for updates throughout the week.
Huddersfield Town Women return to home league action as they welcome Lancashire rivals Burnley.
• Fifth against sixth • Fans can watch at Stafflex Arena
The Lancashire side have been flying up the table. Burnley have won seven of their last league matches. Only Brighouse have recently beaten The Clarettes, even top of the league Wolves were defeated by Burnley, which is a feat in itself. Of the 21 matches that The Clarettes have played, they have drawn 3, won 12 and lost 6 times. This will be an interesting match for the Terriers at home.
Last time out at the County Ground in Leyland, the Terriers were behind in the first minutes of the game. Although Town Women made a quick attack from the kick off, the Clarettes scored within the first minute and a half taking the lead.
Both sides had chances from there on in, neither side able to control the game. Several shots on goal and goal mouth scrambles came to nothing, as both keepers made fantastic saves when required.
Town Women went into the break down two goals as the Clarettes were awarded a penalty and scored from the spot. The second half didn’t start any better for the Terriers, as once again they were down another goal within a minute of the restart.
The Terriers were outplayed on the day, and Burnley put the game to bed 10 minutes into the second half with the fourth goal. will want to get another three points on the board, and claim a second win on the bounce. Although Town Women did have a good spell towards the end of the match, the final whistle came as a relief.
The Clarettes will be looking to do the double over the Terriers, Wolves and Derby have completed the double over Town Women this season, Burnley will be hoping to join them. However, The Terriers will want to get three points and move up in the league.
Having defeated Hull at the weekend, the Town Women will be in good spirits and looking to get another win on the board. Having defeated Fylde in style the Terriers then lost to top of the table Wolves. Burnley are the only team to have defeated Wolves this season so cannot be taken lightly.
Both teams want the win, neither team will be satisfied with anything other than the three points. The Clarettes and the Terriers clash looks to be a good match up, with the victors moving up the table. A draw will leave league positions unchanged..
Manager Glen spoke ahead of the match.
Burnley are somewhat of a bogey team for us. I’m not sure we have beaten them since they came into the league. They beat us comfortably earlier in the season. I’ve watched Burnley a couple of times this season, from what I’ve seen they could easily be the best team in the league. They play a different system to most teams. Burnley have a clear way of playing, they press with great intensity like we do. Above all else, they have a very clear attacking framework on how they want to score goals.
So many teams play off the cuff in the final third, but Burnley have a very good structure. I have a lot of admiration for the way they hae been coached, we will have to be on our A game to win.
Burnley are probably favourites for this match, having improved over the season with only one loss in the last few games. Having beaten the Terriers last time out, Burnley riding high are looking good for the win.
This will be a tough match for Town Women, however, if the team bring their A game there is no reason that the Terriers cannot prevent the Clarettes from adding to their points, and of course preventing a third club from doing the double over Town Women.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
For the Terriers, Brittany Sanderson is the top goal scorer. The midfielder scored a brace against Hull last weekend, adding to her goals for the season. On over 20 goals Sanderson will want to add more and extend her tally.
Mia Parry has scored in the last two games she has played in. The midfielder, who joined the Terriers on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season has impressed since her arrival. Parry has gained in experience at Town and will want to stake a claim to a potential full time move.
HOW TO WATCH
Huddersfield fans will be able to keep up with Huddersfield Town Women in action this Thursday at the Stafflex Arena. Kick off 7.45pm. Can’t make the game? As always, online coverage of the match will be available across all HTWFC channels including minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter @HTAFCWomen plus match build up on our Instagram. Highlights will also be released following the game for fans to catch up on the action.
Hull City host Huddersfield Town on a sunny Sunday afternoon that could see the Tigresses relegated if they fell to defeat.
Second week in a row Town Women beat Hull City after Development Team victory one week earlier
Five goals, four goal scorers and three points
City relegated at the bottom of the table after defeat to Terriers
Town had the chance to relegate Hull City on Sunday afternoon, with City currently sitting bottom of the table. But the hosts were not going down without a fight.
A number of early chances for both sides were blocked before the ‘keepers could make the save and ultimately, each side conceded a number of corners.
However, it was Town who had the best chances of the opening stages.
Just over 20 minutes into the game and City had a free-kick. The cross fell into the hands of Bethan Davies, who released Laura Elford towards goal.
Elford won a corner for Town that was blocked, before Brittany Sanderson crossed the ball to find Beth Ibbotson in the box. Ibbotson made no mistake and headed the ball into the back of the net to score the opening goal of the game.
As the half continued Yasmin Mason, on her first start for the Terriers, had a chance that was saved by Abi Wallace in goal.
On the stroke of half-time, Mia Parry doubled Town’s lead. Great play from Elford ensured Town held possession on the touchline, before Stanley crossed to find Parry in the box.
Just after the break, City had a great chance to get back into the game. The hosts were awarded a free-kick that was eventually cleared by Stanley with the chance ultimately wasted.
As the half progressed, Town were pushing for their third. Sanderson was fouled in the box as the Terriers piled pressure onto City and despite the referee putting the whistle to her mouth, no foul was awarded and play continued.
City looked to come back in the game however had no luck in the final third as they lacked the quality with their final touch. Town’s quality shone through once again, when Sanderson was on the end of Mallin’s cross.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Katie Stanley scored to make it four before Sanderson rounded off the goals to make it five.
First team coach Danny Alogba was happy with the result:
“We are delighted with the win, especially the clean sheet. We move forward, midweek game on Thursday, we look forward to that now.
“Tuesday at training will be based on looking for a physical battle, winning the second balls. Burnley will be a team that look to press. We just have to be on it.”
HTAFC WOMEN TEAM 33 Bethan Davies (GK) 12 Autumn Housley 5 Vicky Abbott (60’ Georgia Marshall) 3 Beth Ibbotson 14 Yasmin Mason (65’ Kate Mallin) 57 Mia Parry 23 Serena Fletcher 6 Lauren Griffiths 7 Katie Stanley (C) 10 Laura Elford (75’ Ria Montgomery) 11 Brittany Sanderson
Huddersfield Town Women are in action on Thursday 14 April as they face Burnley at 19:45. Huddersfield supporters can watch the game with tickets available on the day at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA.