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MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Stockport County

Report by Joe Edge.

Huddersfield Town Development Team take another step closer to finishing the season unbeaten, after a difficult test against Stockport.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women Devs v Stockport County Reserves

Huddersfield Town Women Devs play Stockport County Reserves in their penultimate home game of the season.

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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.

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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.

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MATCH REPORT: Town Devs 5-1 Stockport County

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are through to the next round of the League Cup after beating Stockport County on Sunday.

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The Terriers hosted Stockport County on Sunday as both teams took part in the same fixture for the second week in a row, albeit in two different competitions however much like last weekend, the game was filled with great play from both sides that was ultimately won in the final ten minutes of the game.

This weekend Town kicked off in the determining round of the League Cup, successfully and comfortably progressing  to the next round, with manager Alan Eastwood making two changes to the side who defeated County just one week earlier.

The game started and as it progressed, both sides were looking for an opener, and just over ten minutes into the game, Falone Sumaili had the perfect opportunity to take the lead with her headed effort that was just high of the crossbar. Before five minutes later, County had a great chance that was just wide. 

However, on the half an hour mark, Town were dealt with a massive blow as captain Kayley Hird went down injured, Sian Gibrill-Keating came on in replace of the defender. 

Last weekend, Gibrill-Keating scored a brace for the Terriers, so it was a great chance for her to score against County for the second week in a row and just ten minutes after coming onto the field, she did just that! There was some great play from the substitute to beat the defenders and the goalkeeper to break the deadlock. However, as the half-time whistle was moments away, Town conceded and County earned themselves an equaliser just before the break.

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At the start of the second half, Stockport were pushing forward to take the lead and a few good chances kept Laura Carter busy in goal, but every attempt was just short of the target. However, it was Tara Duce who found the breakthrough when she scored a wonderful free kick 15 minutes into the second half. September’s goal of the month winner once again scoring an incredible goal for Town.

As the game progressed and neared the end, Sumaili scored after beating the goalkeeper to make a simple pass into the back of the net. This was Town’s third goal of the game and the forward extended her run of scoring in every game she has started for the Terriers.

But that did not stop County, who continued and pushed to find another goal, but it was just too much for their young squad as moments before full-time Town scored two in a minute and a half. First, Cassidy Clift scored on her first appearance this season after a great shot on her left foot, before Duce finished the scoring with an almost replica of her earlier free kick.

A great performance from Town to send them to the next round of the cup. But, ten goals scored in two games is a great record that the Terriers will look to build on in their cup and league competitions for the rest of the season. 

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At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood spoke on the result:

“There was a few frustrations at half time, I think we knew that we weren’t quite on the ball but, again, I think it is quite hard when you come away from a decent win against the team the week before because it could be in your head that it is going to be possibly easier than what you think it is going to be.

“Cass (Clift) has scored today in a position that is not natural. We pushed her out wide onto the right hand side, she cut inside and scored with her left foot, it was a great finish and i’m very pleased for her as well.”

The Terriers oppositions player of the match was Tara Duce. Town take on Barnsley away in their next league game and will look to build on their performances from the last few weeks.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Town Devs vs Stockport County

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team get their League Cup campaign underway on Sunday as they host Stockport County in the determining round.

The Terriers play host to Stockport after they travelled to Greater Manchester last weekend in the league. After a massive victory, Town will play the same team for the second week running, and although this game is in a different competition, the same level of quality is expected from both sides.

Last season, Town did not compete in the cup after their season was disrupted by the pandemic and this season they will be looking to get one step further than they did in the 2019/20 season. 

Making it all the way to the semi-final, Town beat Blackburn Rovers and Durham before eventually being knocked out by Nottingham Forest. Town fell just short of the mark after making it all the way to penalties, before Forest booked their place in the final.

This weekend’s opponents, Stockport County, hosted Town last weekend in the Northern Reserves Division and it was the Terriers who came out on top. A hattrick from Falone Sumaili and a brace from Sian Gibrill-Keating secured all three points.

But as the team face the same opponents for the second week running, manager Alan Eastwood is aware of the challenges that come with that.

“It is always difficult playing the same side twice in a week as it will be fresh in the oppositions minds on how we play. We have to try and counteract that now and come up with a plan to make us less predictable to try and catch them out.

“The main thing last week was the clean sheet and we have to start priding ourselves on not conceding. If we can do the same again this week and be on form in front of goal as well then we progress to the next round, however, we must show the same work ethic and have the right mindset again to ensure that happens. 

“Its absolutely no different from a league game and we will be fielding a team we think are capable of getting the best performance from the team. 

“There’s a huge difference in saying you want to win something and showing you want to win something. Actions speak a thousand times louder than words so we have to prepare well, work hard and carry on the momentum we are creating at the minute. We’ll take it one game at a time and see what happens.”

Town host Stockport County at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday with a kick-off time of 14:00. Fans are welcome to attend to the game free of charge with live updates match updates throughout the day at @HTAFCWomenDevs on Instagram and Twitter. 

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MATCH PREVIEW: Stockport County vs Huddersfield Town Devs

After a weekend away from competitive football, Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team return to action this weekend away at Stockport County.

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Alan Eastwood and his side return to competitive football this weekend as they travel to Stockport for their first league game of the month. After being unbeaten in September, Town will be looking to extend that run on Sunday.

In September, Town travelled to Chorley Women and hosted Leeds United and Liverpool Feds, remaining unbeaten and winning the one game during their opening three games, ending the month on five points from a possible nine. 

Compared to this weekend’s opposition who have played out four league games in September. Having won twice and lost twice, if they continue their LWLW pattern, a Terriers win could be on the cards this weekend.

However, both of the Hatter’s wins have come at home. County scored 16 goals in September and conceded ten times, compared to the 18 goals we scored and the six goals conceded. This weekend is set to be a fierce tie between two top teams in the division who are both aiming for success. 

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Alan Eastwood, Town manager, has been speaking ahead of this weekends tie.

“The team have been put through their paces this week to ensure we don’t slack off after a decent performance last Sunday. We’ve come away from the game with minimal knocks and the girls are in high spirits.

“The morale within the squad is improving week on week. We have a lot of strong characters within our ranks who make sure everyone is involved and it appears to have been transfered onto the pitch.”

After a few frustrating league performances, Town scored nine and earned a well deserved clean sheet in a friendly against Chesterfield last weekend, Eastwood continues: 

“We took a big step forward with the clean sheet on Sunday and it was the first time we’ve defended as one solid unit all season. Clean sheets mean points and the players are starting to understand how important it is to work for each other at all times. We’ve done it in a friendly, now we need to do it in the league.

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“Going forward we have a lot of attacking options and players who all bring something different to the side. The variety of goals we’ve scored so far this season back that up and the triggers we are gradually introducing in training are starting to appear on matchdays which proves the team are learning and developing.”

Town Devs against Stockport County is set for a 14:00 kick off on Sunday at Stockport Sports Village, where fans are welcome to attend for free. 

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