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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Devs vs Southampton

A massive clash for Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team on Sunday as they look to book a spot in the final of the Reserves League Cup.

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Southampton make the 500-mile round trip on Sunday to Huddersfield as they come up against our Development Team in the semi-final of the League Cup. 

Town have had a great run to the semi-final beating Stockport County, Durham and Chorley on their way. Most recently, the 3-2 win against Chorley in the quarter-final. The Terriers were losing 2-1 as the 90th minute rang, however, two goals in 57 seconds in added time sent Town into the semi-final. Alice Linsell’s well executed winner, and well-deservedly, won January’s goal of the month.

The Saints however booked their place in the semi-final after beating AFC Wimbledon Reserves 5-0 at their home ground, Totton and Eling Football Club. In the previous round, they beat Bridgewater United, also at home, in an eight-goal thriller that ended 6-2. In the determining round, they put nine past Keynsham Town Reserves. Sunday will be the first time in this year’s competition that the visitors will be away from home and what a journey that will be!

Last Sunday, for the first time this season, Saints dropped points in the league. After going on a nine-game win streak in the Reserves Division South West, their run was ended in a draw away from home at Bridgwater. Their goal at the start of the second half, scored by Megan Collett, was not enough with the points being shared. However, prior to that, Southampton were on a 14-game winning run in all competitions, with 15 players in their squad scoring atleast one goal.

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In comparison to the Terriers, who are also in great form themselves. Despite two draws at the start of the season, Town are currently on a winning run of nine games in a row from their 12 games in all competitions and remain the only undefeated side in their respective league. In their last league game, Town travelled across West Yorkshire to Brighouse Town, and won 4-1 at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. 

Town’s biggest win of the season saw them score nine and the Saints beat Chichester & Selsey 11-0 at the start of the year in their highest scoring game. Sunday is expected to be a big game for both sides, with a high chance of the ball flying into the back of the net atleast once in the 90 minutes. 

Development Team manager Alan Eastwood has been speaking ahead of the semi-final: “It’s a great opportunity to show what we’re made of against a very good side. The occasion has to be at the back of our minds and play our game instead of getting swamped down in this being a ‘big game.’ The more relaxed we are the better.

“Having a never say die attitude is something that is hard to get across an entire team. Usually you get that in individuals but the quarter final showed we have it across the entire squad. The last 30 minutes of the game proved that and the celebrations were fully justified. If we can bring that togetherness onto the pitch on Sunday it can help us massively.”

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sian Gibrill-Keating and Tara Duce are on fire, with the former scoring in her last three games, she will be looking to extend that run this weekend. However, our defensive line have been solid this season with Sharone Buckle and Kayley Hird proving just how well they work as a team. 

Saints are not short of players finding the back of the net with Kaylee Buckingham and Sky Bedwell scoring 20 and 15 goals respectively in their 13 games. Town’s centre-halves will need to be wary of their oppositions fire power in front of goal as they try to keep them out.

HOW TO WATCH

Town fans will be able to watch the semi-final and get behind the next generation of players in person at the Stafflex Arena, HD8 0WA. With tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, this game is not to be missed. 

Kick-off is at 2:00 PM on Sunday 13th February, with match updates on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs all day.

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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town Devs 3-2 Chorley Reserves

Town come from behind to put their name in the hat for the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Photo: Jess Hornby

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team sensationally scored two goals in stoppage time to come from behind to beat Chorley and continue their run in the League Cup.

With Town and Chorley in first and second in the league respectively, this quarter-final tie at the Stafflex Arena promised to be entertaining from the get-go, and it is safe to say, it lived up to the hype.

It took a while for the hosts to get into the game, somewhat struggling to string a few passes together and yet, somehow, we managed to find the back of the net just a quarter way through the first half. A great piece of play lead to Lois Mattock being able to cross the ball into the box, and as it flew towards the back post, Sian Gibrill-Keating was on hand to pass the ball into the back of the net.

However, Chorley continued to press and push for their equaliser as the game continued and on the half an hour mark, they were rewarded. A wonderful strike flew into the top corner and Town’s number one Laura Carter had no chance in saving the effort. It proved vital because it drew the game level heading into the break despite the chances both sides created in the final 10 minutes of the half.

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Into the second half and both sides had a tough 45 minutes on their hands if they wanted to avoid extra time and penalties in the quarter-finals and just seven minutes after the restart, Chorley found a breakthrough. The visitors had a corner that was hit into the back of the net, and now Town chased the game looking for their equaliser.

As the game continued, both sides created chances, but for different reasons. With Town’s chances falling to Gibrill-Keating, Macy Ellis, Tara Duce and Lois Scholefield, the Terriers were hunting their equaliser but just failed on the finishing touches half a dozen times.

Both sides began making changes in the second half to bring on fresh legs, and it was Town’s substitution Laura who was closest to the target in an attempt to get her side back in the game. However, time was running out for the hosts.

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In the dying moments of the game, Gibrill-Keating won a free kick on the edge of the box and it only seemed fitting that set-piece maestro Duce stepped up to take what could have been the last chance of the game. After complaints from the Chorley players, Duce stepped up under pressure and, well, she was never going to miss in that situation. The ball flew into the top corner and Town were level. A huge pile on happened and with what should have been the last kick of the game, the Terriers were level.

But, that was not the end of the game. Could Town find a winner? Was we about to come back from behind to win in stoppage time? You best believe we did just that. 57 seconds after the restart following Duce’s equaliser, we found our winner.

Town had a free kick near the half way line that was cleared by the defender, but only as far as Alice Linsell who sensationally hit the ball and it flew into the back of the net. It raised the question did she mean to do that? but did it matter, not at all, it was a winning goal that sent us into the next round of the cup and it was a quality goal at that.

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At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood was speechless, but proud of his players. He said: “That second half, i’ve just said to the girls, we’ve stuck together as a team. I said to Steve (Winterburn) with five minutes to go, ‘if it doesn’t come off today, we’ve given absolutely everything that we possibly can’ and I think that’s probably deserved in the end just for effort alone, but fair play to Chorley, they were fantastic.

“What a feeling. Sometimes you need to create your own luck and I think, at the end of the day, we probably deserved that today. There is no way at the start of the season we would have won that game.”

Town now have a semi-final League Cup tie to look forward to with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Enfield Town and Southampton joining them in the hat for the next round. Competitively, the Terriers now prepare for a league game against Leeds United whilst they await the outcome of the draw.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town travel to Loughborough Lightning in FAWNL Cup.

Match Preview by: Arjun Singh

Town Women back in FAWNL Cup action as they face Loughborough Lightning for the second consecutive match.

  • Town travel to Loughborough.
  • Huddersfield won 3-1 in their previous fixture against same team.
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Huddersfield Town Women will be aiming to continue their fine form in cup competitions when they travel to Loughborough this Sunday 19th December for a 2PM kick-off in the FA Women’s National League Cup.

Laura Elford celebrates with her teammates against Loughborough Lightning
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With a 3-1 win over Loughborough Lightning in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fixture last week, confidence levels are certainly rising amongst the squad. Britt Sanderson and Laura Elford ran the show in the reverse fixture and will be hoping to add to their season goal tallies once again.

Town will be looking to progress further in another tournament, once again at the expense of their Leicestershire opponents. Both teams also met late August when the Terriers took all three points home following a 5-1 victory.

The university-based team have won three matches out of their last five games however all have come against weaker opposition in cup competitions. Meanwhile Loughborough Lightning currently sit twelfth in the league table, with one win in which they scored three against Sheffield FC. On the other hand, Town sit in fourth place, with six wins this season.

A key aspect in Town’s newly integrated style of play is their defensive record. With just one goal conceded in their last four games. Manager Glen Preston will be looking for consistent performances at the back, whilst causing the opposition problems in attack.

Lucy Sowerby celebrating a goal away to Loughborough Lightning
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PLAYER TO WATCH

In form attacker Brittany Sanderson has netted 13 goals in 15 games, adding to her illustrious goalscoring season by netting a brace in the previous fixture. She will have plenty of service coming her way, from the likes of fullback Paige Crossman and attacker Ria Montgomery.

HOW TO FOLLOW HTWFC

Town fans can travel to Loughborough and watch Town Women live at Holywell Sports Complex, located on Oakwood Drive, Loughborough LE11 3QF.

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: Durham Reserves vs Huddersfield Town Women

Town look to book a place in the second round of the League Cup on Sunday when they travel to Durham.

Devs talking pre-Stockport in the determining round
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This game was supposed to be held one week earlier, however, due to unforeseen weather conditions, will now be this weekend.

As the League Cup continues, Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team travel to Durham in the first round.

After playing two games in November, and having two games postponed because of the weather, Town continue their league cup campaign as they travel to Durham Cestria.

Durham, who are in the same league as the Terriers, travelled to the Stafflex Arena earlier this season. After a tough battle for both sides throughout the 90 minutes, Town found victory following a first half goal from Macy Ellis, before Tara Duce doubled our lead minutes into the second half.

This weekend’s hosts made it through in the determining round after hosting Barnsley at the start of October, and nine goals later, their place in the first round was confirmed. However, they have not made the best start to their league campaign. Durham are eighth in the table, compared to Town, who are flying high at the top.

The Terriers joined the first round after beating Stockport County at home in a convincing win. A brace from Duce followed by goals from Falone Sumaili, Cassidy Clift and Sian Gibrill-Keating saw off County.

Town Devs celebrating Tara Duce’s goal against Stockport

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Chloe Ryan and Jasmine Elliott-Wood have scored nine and seven goals respectively for their side this season and will be looking to add to that.

However, centre-halves Kayley Hird and Sharone Buckle are on form this season defending their goal conceding only three goals in their last five games.

Devs player Molly Ellis holds possession and drives the ball forward vs Barnsley
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After hosting Durham in their last game, manager Alan Eastwood is very aware of what he has to take forward from that game into the cup tie.

“We saw that Durham are a very well organised, professional team and they gave us a huge test a couple of weeks ago. The positive now is that we know what to expect and the players know we have to be on top of our game to come away with a positive result. 

“We are battling and working hard as a team on and off the pitch now so if we keep the same mentality as well as playing to the game plan we give ourselves every chance of progressing to the next round. However we have to show it on the pitch that we want to get through rather than simply saying so.”

Town travel to Durham for a 2pm kick off on Sunday, and live match updates will be on Twitter and Instagram at @htafcwomendevs throughout the afternoon. 

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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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