Report by Joe Edge.
Huddersfield Town Development Team take another step closer to finishing the season unbeaten, after a difficult test against Stockport.
After an emphatic 7-1 win against Bradford on Tuesday, it was a much tighter affair on Sunday at the Stafflex Arena. Town weren’t at their best but still picked up all three points.
The opening stages of the game were competitive with both teams looking to take control of the game. However, it was Town who got the first goal ten minutes in. Cassidy Clift was played through on goal; she took the ball round the goalkeeper and finished confidently into an open net.
The first half continued with fast paced and high-quality play from both sides, with both teams creating good opportunities. Stockport looked to get the score level and the Terriers looking for their second goal.
On the 20th minute it was Town who got the goal to double their lead. Sian Gibrill-Keating was played through on goal, she turned brilliantly and hit a powerful shot into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. Putting Town 2-0 in front at half-time.
In the second-half Stockport came out on the front foot, eager to get a goal back and on the 55th minute they did. The ball was played out wide, then passed into box, it was then knocked to the side of the keeper and it was tapped into an open net. It was finished well after a nice move from Stockport, who made it 2-1 and were back in the game.
Stockport continued with the pressure looking to equalise, but they couldn’t break down Town’s strong defence. Town had a chance a few minutes from full-time to make it 3-1, but Laura’s shot hit the crossbar. The game finished 2-1, although The Terriers weren’t at their best, they still managed to pick up all three points.
At full-time manager Alan Eastwood and captain Kayley Hird gave their thoughts.
Alan Eastwood said: “They came at us in the second half, they’re a very physical side, but I think from us it was a very typical end of season performance. They’ve given everything today and I can’t really ask for much more”.
Kayley Hird gave her thoughts on the excellent defensive record from Town this season: “It’s a massive achievement every game when we get a clean sheet, I just think we’ve been solid at the back, going back to Carter we’ve got that experience as well, she keeps us settled”.
Town’s final game is against Brighouse, the date of the game is still to be decided. The Terriers just need two more goals to reach an impressive 100 league goals and if they win or draw, they will end the season unbeaten.