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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN 3-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Huddersfield Town Women victorious at home against West Brom Albion.

  • Sanderson scores brace, Stanley on scoresheet.
  • Town Women get a league clean sheet.
  • Thoughts of Manager, Glen Preston.
Elford, Montgomery and Stanley celebrate goal against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

HTAFC Women came out of a scrappy affair with all three points on Sunday 27 March.

With both teams having multiple chances it was Brittany Sanderson who found the net twice, one in each half. Captain Katie Stanley was also on the scoresheet at the start of the second half. Their goals were enough to secure the victory for the Terriers.

Coming into this game, both teams found themselves mid-table and looking to end the season in good form. The game opened to both sides creating half-chances without creating any threats. Although The Baggies hit the crossbar around the 12th minute.

Town Women’s first chance occurred moments before their opening goal when captain Stanley fired a volley over the bar, however HTAFC Women didn’t have to wait long as Sanderson poked the ball just past the WBA goalkeeper into the back of the net.

Bethan Davies makes good save against WBA
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

Albion Women would hit the crossbar once again before the break with Shannon Stamps being denied by the woodwork for the second time in the game. Although moments later Town Women came close to their second with Albion’s goalkeeper making a big save.

The second half opened in good fashion for the Terriers with Stanley converting from a corner routine, started by Sanderson. Huddersfield would continue adding pressure, with Serena Fletcher’ shot being saved by the WBA shot stopper.

Gameplay became rather stop-start during the final half hour with a number of bookings being made by the referee. This theme continued when Town Women were awarded a penalty in the final five minutes. Sanderson stepped up to convert with a rocket into the bottom left of the goal. The aftermath of Town’s third goal saw a number of sending offs and sinbins being given to the visitors’ as tensions continued to rise.

A scrappy final couple of minutes saw Falone Sumaili impress as she made her first team league debut, having a couple of shots that were blocked inside the box. The full time whistle sounded to the delight of the home team as Preston’s side secured their first league win in nearly a month.

Falone Sumaili makes first team debut
IMAGE: RICHARD ASQUITH

Manager, Glen Preston reflects on his side’s flow throughout the game:

“We started slowly today, the first 25-30 minutes West Brom were very good and in charge of the game. But as the game progressed, we started to take over and ended the first half very strong, we had chance after chance in the second half. I was very pleased with how we played in the second half in difficult circumstances with the referee.”

HTAFC WOMEN TEAM
33. Bethan Davies (GK);
3. Beth Ibbotson;
12. Autumn Housley;
19. Paige Crossman;
15. Georgia Marshall;
57. Mia Parry (81’ 18. Alice Linsell);
23. Serena Fletcher (71’ 6. Lauren Griffiths);
7. Katie Stanley © (87’ 34. Falone Sumaili);
11. Brittany Sanderson;
10. Laura Elford;
9. Ria Montgomery.

Town Women are straight back into action as they face promotion chasing AFC Fylde in the league on Wednesday 30th March under the floodlights.

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MATCH REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN 1-0 DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Report by Nathan Oates.

The Terriers successfully defend their home turf as they advance to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup competition.

  • Huddersfield Town Women 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC
  • Town bounce back from their last-time-out defeat versus Derby in the league and are still going strong in the late stages of two cup competitions
  • Laura Elford made the difference in her first substitute appearance after returning from injury
Huddersfield beat Doncaster Belles in the county cup yorkshire
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Elford’s impact off the bench the difference as Town deservedly come out on top of a back and forth Yorkshire derby.

Glen Preston’s well set up side came into this tricky cup tie aiming to put the disappointment of their trip to Derby in the league to one side.

Stafflex Arena played host to a open affair with both sides having their fair share of half chances and periods of possession, after kick-off was delayed due to the referee being late. A good old classic cup tie!

The game started off with the flow of a basketball game with every defensive stop leading to a fast paced counter-attack, which neither side could quite make count in the opening proceedings of Sunday’s game.

A big contributing factor to the fast pace of the match came from the hosts’ effective high press, which negated Doncaster’s ability to play out from the back and forced them into mistakes.

Town came close to making the pressure count at the half hour mark, as Mia Parry weaved her way through the midfield and sent the ball through to Brittany Sanderson, who created space to get a shot away from 25 yards which narrowly skimmed the crossbar.

The opposition then quickly responded minutes later in the form of a first time volley which was hit hard but kept on rising.

The half time break then came with Town slightly edging first half proceedings, and the second half got underway in a similar style, with the Terriers coming out swinging and winning two quick fire corners in the space of the first two minutes.

The 60th minute came, and Laura Elford was introduced in place of Ria Montgomery as Town’s first substitution, in a game and competition which interestingly has rolling substitutions.

Elford, only 5 minutes into her appearance, created a good chance for herself as she cut inside from the right wing and got a snap shot off only for it to be met by the expectant gloves of the Doncaster goalkeeper.

Elford came close again at the 70th minute mark, pouncing on a loose ball from a goalmouth scramble with the resulting shot going  just over the bar, then minutes later Town ‘skipper Katie Stanley unluckily having a goal chalked off due to offside.

The clock then ticked by the 75th minute when the hosts picked up the ball from the midfield following a Doncaster goal kick, and it was Elford again who took the ball from the halfway line and got a shot off. This was parried by the Belles ‘keeper into her own net, giving Town the lead!

Town then closed out the last ten minutes effectively, including debut appearances from the bench for Lois Scholefield and Falone Sumaili, both on their first call-up from the Huddersfield Town Women Development squad, to secure qualification to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup.

Huddersfield Town Women Starting Line Up: Bethan Davies, Autumn Housley, Vicky Abbott, Beth Ibbotson, Paige Crossman, Georgia Marshall, Mia Parry, Zoe Laughton, Katie Stanley, Ria Montgomery,  Brittany Sanderson. Substitutes: Laura Elford, Lois Scholefield, Falone Sumaili

Next time out: Huddersfield Town Women FC vs West Bromwich Albion, FA Women’s National League, Stafflex Arena, Sunday 27th March, 2pm kickoff.

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MATCH REPORT: Durham 2-4 Huddersfield Town Women Development Team

Town Devs travelled North on Sunday to take on Durham at the Racecourse, and returned to West Yorkshire with all three points.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

After scoring a dozen goals against Barnsley a week earlier, and beating Durham twice already this season, Town were on the road again on last Sunday.

Despite the high spirits within the team, the game did not get off to the best start, and seven minutes in, Courtney Pigford fired the hosts into the lead with a cracker of a shot that was too high for Laura Carter in goal.

But it was not long before Town equalised and found their way back into the game. Six minutes after the opener, Laura found the back of the net from a difficult angle.

As both sides pushed for that second goal before the break, Town had a number of chances and Durham had a chance from back-to-back corners, and every attempt was blocked or saved.

Just before the half an hour mark, Sian Gibrill-Keating found the back of the net after chipping the ‘keeper, who managed a touch but just could not keep the shot out. As the first half progressed chances from Alice Linsell and Laura were well saved by the ‘keeper.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

As the second half kicked off, the Durham ‘keeper continued where she left off and stopped shots from Lois Mattock, Gaby Pearson and Molly Ellis. With the clock ticking, the hosts had a few chances but nothing that troubled Carter. Town were dominating and were rewarded with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Two quick fire goals from Laura and Falone Sumaili made it four with a quarter of an hour to go, making it harder for the hosts to get back into the game. However, with five minutes left, Durham got one back when Oumou Donzo beat Carter but, ultimately, it was too little too late.

With two minutes left on the clock, Durham had a player sent off. Town had a corner and it turned out to be the final kick of the game as the referee blew the whistle when it was cleared by the hosts. 

For the second time this season, Town beat Durham 4-2 away from home and continued their push towards the top of table, with Chorley still above the Terriers having played more games.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood said:

“We missed quite a few chances today and a couple of errors at the back have led to their goals, but at the end of the day  there are so many positives to take once again.

“The four goals that we scored were very good and I think we thoroughly deserved those three points today.”

Town player Sharone Buckle was voted opposition’s player of the match following the victory. If you want to watch all the action, including the six goals, head to #htwtv.

Town are back in County Cup action on Sunday when we host AFC Bentley at the Stafflex Arena. Follow our social media channels @htafcwomendevs for updates throughout the week. 

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MATCH REPORT: DERBY COUNTY 3-0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN

HTAFC Women defeated on the road against Derby County Women

– Derby end Town Women’s 4-game winning streak.
– Terriers remain in fifth place.
– Comments from Coach Kamran.

Huddersfield Town Women lost their first league game since mid-January on Sunday 13 March with the hosts controlling majority of the game to keep all three points.

Stanley makes tackles against Derby County
IMAGE: SEAN DOYLE

Coming into this game following a four game winning streak, HTAFC Women found themselves on the backfoot throughout the game as the home side continued their pressure on the top spot in the league. A first half strike by Sophie Domingo was followed by an Ellie Gilliatt brace during the second half as Town Women failed to mount any challenge on the Derby goal.

The game opened to both sides trying to get a feel for the game. Derby looked to be more organised and started to create chances through long balls over the Town Women back line, however no clear cut chances were created during this period.

As the game entered the half hour mark, the ‘Ewe-Rams’ came close to opening the scoring as they managed to hit the ball past Bethan Davies in goal, but the ball trickled just wide of the right post, Huddersfield Women would try their chances on goal however the closest of these shots, by Britt Sanderson, flew over the bar.

Derby did manage to find the back of the net just before half time with Domingo taking advantage of a low driven pass just outside the box. The forward hitting the ball past Davies’ right into the goal, where their previous chance had just missed. This was the last major event in the half as the Terriers looked to improve in the second half.

The first ten minutes of the second half were HTAFC Women’s brightest moments of the game with HTWFC Development Team regular Macy Ellis enjoying several crosses into the box and creating multiple chances. However, the Derby keeper maintained control.

On the hour mark the Ewe-Rams doubled their lead courtesy of substitute Gilliatt striking from 25 yards into the back of the net. Town Women failed to deal with the high-ball leading to the chance from outside the box.

Any hopes of staging a comeback were dashed when Gilliatt scored her second, Derby’s third just ten minutes before the end of the game. Another long range strike from 25-yards beating Davies in goal. Moments later Gilliatt could’ve secured her hat trick but was denied by the crossbar.

Town failed to create any more chances in the final moments of the game, with the full time whistle ending a miserable afternoon for Town Women.

Following the match, first team coach Kamran Hussain focused on the positives:

We come away from the game 3-0 but felt like it was a game of big moments. Overall the difference in the two teams wasn’t that far apart. The first goal coming just before half time changed the outlook going into the changing rooms at half time for sure. The start of the second half we thought we dominated and came out with a real fight about us. Then one moment from one player and they score the 2nd goal which takes the life out of us. We come away knowing we need to be better but also can’t be too harsh on ourselves.

As a collective we all demand a very high standard of eachother. We know we can do better so it’s back to training and preparing for our county cup fixture. We all spoke after the game and are eager for next Sunday fighting for some silverware.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Derby County Line Up

Sophie Doming, Jade Formaston, Precious Hamilton, Sarah Jackson, Emily Joyce, Sherry McCue, Sarah Morgan, Kira Rai, Amy Sims, Megan Tinsley, Emelia Wilson

HTAFC Women Line Up

Bethan Davies; Paige Crossman; Beth Ibbotson; Serena Fletcher; Autumn Housley (Vicky Abbott, 85’); Lauren Griffiths; Katie Stanley; Brittany Sanderson; Ria Montgomery, Mia Parry; Macy Ellis (Zoe Laughton, 85’)

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MATCH REPORT: LIVERPOOL FEDS 0-1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN

The Terriers edge out a back and forth FAWNL Cup semi-final in Liverpool!

– Liverpool Feds WFC 0-1 Huddersfield Town Women
– Four wins on the bounce in all competitions
– Town progress to FAWNL Cup Final

Both sides came into the tie in a rich vein of form, mustering up unbeaten runs of some sorts, however HTAFC Women came out on top.

Town celebrate making the league cup final
IMAGE: OLIVER EATON

Glen Preston’s valiant Terriers were the side that ended Sunday with their unbeaten run intact as Katie Stanley’s headed effort at the back post sent Town one win away from winning the FAWNL Cup!

Jericho Lane initially played host to a open, end to end affair which lacked quality on both ends in the opening 15 minutes.

A close chance then cropped up on the 15 minute mark in the form of a Serena Fletcher high arching cross which was a slight bit too high for the head of Ria Montgomery.

The hosts then attempted to hit back shortly after, as the Feds striker had a tame effort at the near post from a dangerous position calmly smothered by Town ‘keeper Bethan Davies.

And then disaster started to set in around the half an hour mark as Kate Mallin, on her 499th appearance for Town, was added to the seemingly everlasting injury list that the coaching staff have to deal with due to a knee injury. She was replaced with one of Town’s two subs on the day, Zoe Laughton.

Bethan Davies then made the save of the afternoon as she reached to the top drawer to fingertip away a powerful 30 yard strike over the bar.

Katie Stanley scores the winner against Liverpool
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After half-time, Town swiftly put these barriers behind them going into the second half and immediately went in front due to a rising Katie Stanley nodding her Terriers in front in the 46th minute.

Stanley was then very close to doubling her goal tally and Town’s lead only five minutes later as her low driven shot was thwarted by the oppositions ‘keeper.

The Terriers then kept pushing the envelope up until around the 60th minute mark as Liverpool Feds started to find their way back into the game with a barrage of corners and half chances, but was stifled by Glen Preston’s team.

A frantic 10 minutes subsequently went by as Town held on to their narrow lead and found themselves going to the corner. The full time whistle sounded to the delight of the Terriers.

Glen Preston’s Comments

The girls deserve it, they really put in a shift today. It is a tough side to play, Liverpool Feds – They have beaten Wolves, Fylde and Forest, so for us to come away from home and beat them 1-nil and to really limit them I think we were superb today.

Liverpool Fed’s WFC Line Up

Rach Derbyshire; Abby Pope; Nicola James; Ellie Fletcher; Rosie Kinving-Wardale; Amy Seagraves; Nat Clark; Chan Thompson; Demi Devereaux; Paige Cole; Erin Slade

HTAFC Women Line Up

Bethan Davies; Paige Crossman; Beth Ibbotson; Serena Fletcher; Autumn Housley; Lauren Griffiths; Katie Stanley; Brittany Sanderson; Ria Montgomery, Mia Parry; Kate Mallin (Zoe Laughton, 32’ (Vicky Abbott, 80’))

Match Report by Nathan Oates

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MATCH REPORT: TOWN DEVS 12-0 BARNSLEY

Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team return to league football with a thumping win.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

For the first time in 49 days Town played league football as they welcomed bottom of the table Barnsley to the Stafflex Arena. With Town looking to push themselves back up the table, and the visitors wanting to avoid worsening their -64 goal difference, it was set to be a real test for the Tykes. 

The Terriers were off the mark however after only 20 seconds as Sian Gibrill Keating took advantage of complacent passing from the Barnsley midfield and was able to slide it past the ‘keeper to give her side the lead. 

The lead was doubled only a minute later as Molly Ellis rifled an effort into the net from the right-hand side of the box. Town were to get one more before half time, despite some good goalkeeping, as Laura received the ball from Macy Ellis and placed it into the bottom corner.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

The home side started the second half as they ended the first as on 52 minutes Molly Ellis put in a wonderful cross for Laura to volley home her second of the day. Only a minute after, Gibrill-Keating claimed her second of the day and shortly after, Laura got her hattrick after taking it around the ‘keeper to get Town’s sixth.

Laura eventually went on to gain her fourth and fifth goals of the day on the 64th and 66th minutes as Town continued to bolster the score line in their favour. It then wasn’t long before substitute Falone Sumaili managed to get on the scoresheet as well on her return to the team.

15 minutes before the end, Laura claimed her sixth of the game as she was found by Molly Ellis who played it across the box for her brilliantly. Town’s 11th was scored two minutes from time as substitute Lois Scholefield found the back of the net with a well placed strike. 

To pile on more misery, Cassidy Clift found the net with the final kick of the game to finish off a brilliant afternoon for Town.

PHOTO: KHYA GOTT

Reflecting on the game manager Alan Eastwood said: “we got together at half time and despite the surface we were devastating in the second half and saw goals from goalscorers all over the pitch.”

Town are now in second in the Reserves Northern Division behind Chorley, who are five points ahead having played four more games. On Sunday, our Development Side travel to 5th placed Durham. 

Report by Jack Vernoum.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool Feds v Huddersfield Town – League Cup Semi Final

Terriers return to cup action on Sunday in the FAWNL Cup semi final.

  • Terriers travel to Merseyside 
  • Liverpool are undefeated in sixteen matches.
  • Players to Watch

Huddersfield first ever FAWNL Cup final may be on the cards as they face on-form Liverpool Feds in the semi-final stage. The Merseyside team will look to extend their unbeaten record as sit top of the table in Division 1, whilst Town who look to make further history by making the final for the first time in their history.

Photo: Jess Hornby

After finally getting the quarter final finished after three false starts, Town demolished Brighouse in a thrilling 4-1 victory away from home. This put the Terriers into the semi final of the league cup for the first time in their history. Buoyed on by the impressive cup run the Terriers have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The hosts currently sit at the top of the Division 1 North. Liverpool have played 14 league matches, losing only one and winning the remaining. In their cup run the Feds have only conceded three goals, and all of those were in the second round match against Wolves. After extra time the sides were level on 3 goals each, it went to penalties and Liverpool won 3-2.

Photo: Jess Hornby

The Terriers last faced Liverpool in a competitive match in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup last season. In a thrilling but goaless first half, both teams had ample chances to break the deadlock. However, it didn’t take long after the break for Town to take the lead. Kate Mallin powerfully netted from ten yards out. Liverpool hit back within 15 minutes and levelled up the score.

Going into extra time, as the match needed to be settled there and then, Laura Elford‘s wicked flick from a corner deflected from a Feds player into their own net to restore the Terriers lead. Mallin got her second with a clinical shot into the bottom corner to just about seal the match. Liverpool pulled a goal back with six minutes left but it was Town that progressed through to the third round.

The teams also met in a friendly this season. The on form Feds once again were the hosts, but the Terriers proved that much better. Although a friendly, the Terriers were able to take full advantage. Ria Montgomery scored a brace, with her first coming just a couple of minutes into the game. The forward took a shot from outside the box and beat the opponents keeper.

Montgomery doubled Towns lead around the half hour mark, lobbing the goalkeeper from inside the box. Although the hosts had various chances, non of them came to anything or troubled the keeper. Town scored their third in the second half when Britt Sanderson received the ball from Montgomery and tapped the ball into the back of the net.

Liverpool did have various chances in the game, with the Terriers keeper getting tested several times, each time proving up to that challenge.

Photo: Jess Hornby

The match will be a tough one, with Liverpool unbeaten in 15 matches in cup and league. However, as Town have never progressed to the semi final before, they have nothing to lose. .

Manager Glen Preston said:

Having seen how the Feds have beaten Wolves, Forest, Flyde this season and only lost by one goal to Blackburn in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. They are clearly a top, top side who could easily be in the top four or five in our dvision. On paper we might go into the game as favourites, but in reality I don’t expect there to be anything between the teams.

One thing we can be sure of, we want to get to the final (of the league cup) badly. We will be doing everything we can to make that happen.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ria Montgomery scored on Thursday against Sheffield FC. The forward was also heavily involved in the first goal. Montgomery also held up other opposition players, her presence was everywhere.

Brittany Sanderson scored the first goal on the foggy night against Sheffield. The Midfielder netted in the 89th minute to give the Terriers the well deserved lead. Sanderson put a good shift in, and was all over the pitch keeping the opposition at bay.

HOW TO WATCH

Kick off on Sunday 6th March at the Jericho Lane Football Hub, Liverpool at 14.00.

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: Huddersfield Town Devs V Barnsley Reserves

For the first time in 49 days, Town Devs return to Reserves Division North action as they host Barnsley at the Stafflex Arena on Sunday.

High flying Town have not had a league game since beating Brighouse Town in January, compared to bottom of the league Barnsley who have yet to win a game this season.

Barnsley are in poor form, having yet to add a point to their tally for the season. The Tykes have a negative goal difference of -64, showing that they have not been shy of conceding in their opening 10 games of the season. Although in the league nothing can be taken for granted and the Terriers will not take them lightly.

In the reverse fixture the Terriers ran riot over the Tykes. Within four minutes Town took the lead after back to back corners, with centre half Sharone Buckle netting from a Tara Duce corner.

A further three goals followed in the first half. Buckle had her second, Duce got her first and Lois Scholefield added to the Tykes misery. The second half saw more pressure and more goals for Town. Falone Sumaili netted within 30 seconds of the restart, and added a second minutes later. An unfortunate own goal by Kayley Hird gave Barnsley a consulation goal.

Worse was to come for the Tykes though, Sumaili netted to get her hat trick with minutes remaining on the clock. Sian Gibrill-Keating piled on more misery before Buckle scored from the penalty spot to give her the hat trick and the Terriers their ninth goal of the game.

Town will be looking for a repeat performance, with the side full of confidence at the moment. However, the Terriers will not be over confident as anything can happen in a game. With a valuable three points on the line, both teams will want to take them. A win this weekend would push Town further up the table as they look for success in the final stretch of the campaign.

Devs manager Alan Eastwood said:

“If we go into the game looking at the league table, we will become over confident and trip ourselves up. We have to treat this game the same as any other and focus on our game plan.

If we do that, then we will have a good chance of another three points.”

Players to Watch

Sharone Buckle scored a hat trick against the Tykes last time out. The centre back will be eager to try and repeat the feat on home soil. Buckle will be confident of netting against a team in poor form.

Falone Sumaili also got a hat trick last time out against Barnsley. The Burundian striker returns from international duty and will be looking to get back off to a good start as she remains our top goal scorer this campaign.

How to Watch

Huddersfield Town Devs face Barnsley Reserves at the Stafflex Arena at 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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Huddersfield Town Women v Sheffield FC

Terriers return to league action midweek with a derby match against Sheffield.

  • Terriers host struggling Sheffield 
  • The Terriers have lost one of their last five league matches.
  • Players to Watch

The Terriers are back on home turf again on Thursday in league action. Against Sheffield FC who sit 12th in the table. The South Yorkshire team will be hoping to turn their fortunes around away from home.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

Getting back into league matches after many false starts, due to weather conditions and storms will give the Terriers opportunity to catch their rivals. The victory on Sunday over Stoke, giving Town all three points, moved them up to fifth in the table. The Terriers still have games in hand and can move above Nottingham Forest if they win.

The visitors currently sit in twelvth and their league form is shocking. Sheffield have drawn one of their last five matches, and lost the other four. Leaving the visitors in the relegation zone. They will be desperate for a win and points to move them to safety.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

The Terriers have faced Sheffield twice so far this season, dominating in both. Last time out it was in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup second round. Town had the better chances all through the first half, just couldn’t convert to goals.

After the break though, Town got ahead. After a very good strike by Paige Crossman. Luck was on our side, as the ball hit the crossbar and appeared to cross the line, before falling back into the box. The referee took a long hard look and pointed to the circle to indicate the Terriers had the lead. The second goal was an unlucky own goal after a wicked deflection sent the ball into their own net. Brittany Sanderson put the tie beyond doubt in added time getting the third.

The last meeting in the league saw the Terriers travel to Sheffield. Although the first half was very even, with Town having multiple chances, the ball either went out of play or hit the crossbar. Becky Flaherty made numerous saves to keep Town in the match.

Sanderson scored in the 37th minute to give Town the lead. Kate Mallin broke through the defence and was one on one with their keeper. Mallin tapped home to double our lead on the stroke of half time. Sheffield started the second half better, but Town were soon back in control. Sanderson scored her second with a good run. Flaherty made an amazing save to stop the hosts getting a consulation goal.

The Terriers kept the pressure on and Laura Elford scored in the 70th minute. Five minutes later Elford had her second, with a spectacular shot on the retreat. Ria Montgomery topped off a marvellous night for Town, tapping in from close range.

Photo: Oliver Eaton

The Terriers will be confident about a hat trick of wins against Sheffield, however the opposition will have nothing to lose, and will be out to avenge the last two defeats to town.

Manager Glen Preston said:

We’re coming off the back of another extremely good week. Winning two tough away games that have given us back our momentum. We obviously know quite a lot about our opposition having met them just a few weeks ago in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. I thought on the day, Sheffield FC defended heroically and made it very hard for us to break them down. We got there in the end.

However, the dynamics for this game might be a little different, as they are now in the position where they must win games. So we have to plan for them potentially opening up more and coming at us, we need to be on our guard for that.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Paige Crossman scored a belter of a goal against Stoke City and also against the opposition in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. Crossman will be full of confidence following on from Sunday’s game and will be eager to add to her tally.

Laura Elford scored a brace against Sheffield in the reverse feature. Also scoring a hattrick against Brighouse in the League Cup. Elford is on goal scoring form and will be looking to continue netting the ball.

HOW TO WATCH

Kick off on Thursday 3rd March at the Stafflex Arena at 19.45. Kick off time is subject to change depending on pitch surface.

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 REPORT: Harworth Colliery 0-4 Town Devs

Town’s Development Team join our first-team in the next round of the County Cup after putting four past Harworth Colliery on Sunday afternoon.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Huddersfield Town Devs travelled to Doncaster to face Harworth Colliery in the County Cup. The Devs started brilliantly, as Sian Gibrill-Keating netted from a cross within the first three minutes of the game.

Both sides saw plenty of the ball after that, but it was Town who had the better chances in the final third. Macy Ellis had a great chance just after the quarter of an hour mark, but her shot was skied over the crossbar.

Bearly a minute later her twin, Molly, had a chance after Gibrill-Keating passed to Macy, unfortunately for us however, Molly’s shot was saved. Just before the half hour mark, Town had a corner that fell to Gibrill-Keating, however the shot was just over the crossbar.

Town pretty much had all the possession now, and Cassidy Clift sent a great ball to Gibrill-Keating but the finish was just a touch too heavy and once again the Harworth ‘keeper was on hand to block the shot. Clift then had a chance herself but it was punched away for a corner.

Just before the break debutant Jolie’s shot was just wide, shortly after an Alice Linsell corner swung towards Molly Ellis, who volleyed the shot to the youngster.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Town started the second half as they ended the first, lots of pressure. Macy beat the offside trap and netted her first goal of the game. Then on the 55th minute, Mia passed the ball to Macy Ellis who took a shot but it was saved.

Just three minutes later, Linsell crossed in and Mia got on the end of the ball with her shot just flying over the crossbar. Straight after, Gibrill-Keating went close, but the opposition cleared it off the line.

Town extended their lead barely a minute later, as substitute Laura netted to help the Terriers on their way to the fifth round. In the 65th minute, Town put the tie beyond doubt, with Macy scoring her second. Linsell passed the ball to the forward who outpaced her opponents before beating the ‘keeper.

Town kept applying the pressure, and very nearly had a fifth just a minute later with Molly taking a shot which the ‘keeper saved. With 10 minutes left, Laura had a chance that went just wide, as a Harworth player was down on the ground.

Piling the pressure on still, Town saw three more rapid chances. Clift fired just over the crossbar, Laura took a shot that was saved by the keeper, Kayley Hird then had a chance from a corner but was just wide.

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At full time, manager Alan Eastwood said: “We take it week-by-week now, we have a game right up until June, what we have now is basically 12 or 13 cup finals from now until the end of the season. 

“We’re looking to get as many points on the board in the league, and go as far as we can in these competitions. 

“If we keep training hard and keep building on our game, then i’m sure we can have a good end to the season.”

Next weekend, Town are back at home as our Development Squad host Barnsley at the Stafflex Arena. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates and news throughout the week at @htafcwomendevs.

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