The Huddersfield Amateur Ladies have had a busy month. April welcomed the return of football post lockdown.
First Division Huddersfield Amateur Ladies flew out of the blocks against Premier League Silsden in the Supplementary Cup. The Amateurs looked well drilled and organised for the full 90 minutes.
The ‘Ammers’ had a game plan and stuck to it. The first goal came as Jordyn Chasiak-Pratt scored after 30 minutes. The skilful forward, who has been a revelation this season for Huddersfield, took her chance in typical fashion.
HAFC manager Richard Brearley said: “Jordyn will be a huge loss for us next season as she is moving away for work. Having coached her through the junior ranks and now in open age I am extremely proud of her development and progress. She is certainly a player that could go on to play at a much higher level. The sky is the limit and we wish Jordyn well as she moves to London.”
Faith Forde has been brought in as a replacement for Chasiak-Pratt. It was Forde that netted the second goal of the game in the second half to mark her arrival.
It was a resolute performance from Silsden, however they met HAFC on a day where they were at their very best. Captain Rachael Graham-Martin was player of the match as she led the Amateurs’ back line ensuring the midfield and forwards could execute their plan to the letter. Ellie Gordon was also on debut, the defender looks like another quality addition with a big future at the club.
Week 2 of the Cup
Week two saw HAFC travel to Ripon. The starting line up had a very different look to it from the previous week but the aims remained the same. For 41 minutes the game was going to plan, Huddersfield found themselves 1-0 up after Courtney White broke on the counter attack.
Then came the onslaught, Ripon got their rewards for brilliant play scoring in the 41st, 44th, 46th and 48th minutes. Ripon controlled the game and were worthy winners. The game ended 7-2. White Scored HAFC second goal. Georgia Hamilton was the player of the match.
It was a home game for HAFC who played Ilkley. It was a cracker of a match and a faultless performance for the ‘Ammers’.
The game ended 2-0 to Huddersfield. Courtney White scored both goals, with Hannah Robinson being rewarded with player of the match accolade for her exceptional performance.
The left wing back didn’t let up for the full 90 minutes. Showing strength and understanding in defence and showing a great engine while going forward with speed and tremendous vision.
In the last week of the month the Ladies travelled to yet another Premier League team as they met Wetherby.
HAFC dominated much of the game but found themselves 1-0 down after a perfect Wetherby corner was slotted home.
The second half was almost played out in its entirety in the Wetherby half. Player of the match Tiegan Rowley volleyed the equaliser from distance. From there on there only looked like one outcome from this fixture.
Such is football, this wasn’t the case. A string of poor refereeing decisions ruined what otherwise was a good game. Frustration over these decisions saw Rachael Graham-Martin sin-binned. She was then punished again as a seemingly perfectly timed tackle was deemed to be a foul resulting in a penalty and the winner for Wetherby.
HAFC are still in search of their first competitive away win of the season with only one away game remaining.
This month was a positive return for the Ladies with many players at top of their game.
The April BD Architectural player of the month accolade went to Georgia Hamilton. The midfielder had been on a wonderful journey this season, showing improvements with each game.
Huddersfield Amateur Ladies are now recruiting for next season. If you feel you have the qualities and commitment required email HAFCLADIES@gmail.com
The Elland based club are also looking for additional coaches and potential sponsors.