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MATCH REPORT: Stockport County 0-5 Huddersfield Town Devs

Another five star performance for our Development Team as they put five past Stockport County in Reserves Division North.

Alan Eastwood and his side travelled to Stockport County on a rainy Sunday and headed back to Huddersfield with three points. Eastwood made three changes to the side who drew against Leeds United two weeks ago, and the changes paid off.

Just over 10 minutes into the game, Falone Sumaili scored after some brilliant movement and passing from Town. Sumaili has scored in every game she has started for the Terriers and she extended her excellent run with another goal inside the opening quarter.

As the half continued, Town pushed for a second, but with an offside and some great goalkeeping the score was held to a one goal margin for the majority of the half. On the half an hour mark, Sumaili had a great chance to add to her tally, but the defender did enough to force the forward’s shot wide.

However, County could not stop her for much longer as Sumaili bagged another goal on the stroke of half-time. For much of the second half, the game was fairly steady with both sides pushing for the next goal and Town not wanting to let a goal in after conceding late in their previous two games.

Six minutes from the end, Sumaili completed her hat-trick. Another fantastic performance from the summer signing. Less than a minute after Sumaili scored, Sian Gibrill-Keating drove the ball forward and following some great work on the ball, passed the ball into the back of the net. But with five minutes to go, the game was not over.

With one minute of normal time still on the clock, Gibrill-Keating secured a five minute brace after a corner was crossed in by Tara Duce and the winger was on hand to find the back of the net. 

A clean sheet for Laura Carter on her first game of the season and five goals to start another month of football off. 

Devs manager Alan Eastwood spoke on how much the team have improved at full-time. 

“I think the last 20 minutes shows how far we have come in training over the last three weeks.

“It was an excellent effort, a couple of weeks ago we might have gone on to concede at the end, but instead we went on to score three goals” 

Town now look to this Sunday when we get our league cup campaign underway. The Terriers host Stockport County and after last weekend’s five star performance, we will be full of confidence heading into the tie.

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MATCH REPORT: Routine Win for Town in Penultimate Pre-Season Fixture.

Huddersfield Town Women beat Greater Manchester side Stockport County by 2 goals to nil this past Sunday with goals from Laura Elford and Paige Crossman.

Town Celebrate After Scoring A Goal
CREDIT: JESSICA HORNBY

Following the news that broke Saturday morning about Jordan Wimpenny’s departure, this was the first game that saw Steve Appleton in charge. The Terriers came into this game following a competitive draw against Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The game started with both teams tending to cancel each other out around the midfield areas, although there were some positive spells for both teams as they attacked throughout the first half.

Paige Crossman Scores For Huddersfield
CREDIT: JESSICA HORNBY

Bethan Davies was forced into a fantastic save when a Stockport player broke into the box. Town’s Laura Elford opened the scoring after the half hour mark from a ball that looked like a cross, which found itself lobbing the goalkeeper from a wide position. Town nearly doubled their lead when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball crashing against the bar and off the line. Just before the half time whistle Macy Ellis had a golden opportunity to score her first ever senior Huddersfield goal when she side-stepped the keeper only for her shot to be cleared off the line.

The second half started just as the above rain cloud decided to burst. Like the first half, most possession was fought within the midfield areas with small glimpses of counter-attacks that failed to challenge either goalkeeper. New signing Ria Montgomery’s introduction to the game saw more attacking threat being utilised on the wide areas as Town were awarded a series of corners. One of these set-pieces allowed Town to double their lead when Paige Crossman headed into the back of the net. The rest of the half saw Town enjoy more attacking threat but failed to test the goalkeeper.

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