September was a month of progress as everything is falling into place nicely for Huddersfield Amateur Ladies. Boss Richard Brearley is pleased with how the team has been playing. 

The first team had a delayed start to the season but quickly made up for lost time. A 5-0 victory in their opening game against newly-promoted Hepworth United was a statement of intent. 

It wasn’t just the result that caught the eye but the style of play and game management the team deployed was impressive. 

Brearley said: “We have integrated new Ideas and methods of play this season which have been implemented. The execution from the squad was on point. Negotiating and understanding a tricky pitch was key.

“Strike partners Courtney White and Carly Doyle linked up amazingly well on their first competitive outing together. Player of the match Lindsay Henry scored the opener and showed real class with her hold up play and determination in the opposition half.”

This game also saw competitive comebacks from Megan Potts and Jade Tynan who had been out with long-term injuries. 

Next up was Hall Green at home and there was an opportunity to debut youngster Chloe Rai. The 17-year-old centre-back impressed as she showed exactly why Brearley was keen to sign her.

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Courtney White was once again on fire as she bagged four goals in the 5-2 victory. Georgia Hamilton was the other scorer as she connected cleanly from the halfway line sending the ball spinning into the net.

Courtney White won the Town Hall Dental monthly award for September and she is sponsored by CK Sport Massage Therapy. The striker has hit the ground running in typical fashion this season.   

As regards to the second team they have had mixed fortunes thus far. Training and recruitment has been extremely positive with team spirit at an all time high. Having lost the season opener to an extremely strong Burley side, the Ammers upset the odds in their second outing as the beat Wortley 3-2 at home. 

Wortley had done the double convincingly last season and were strong favourites to repeat that again this term. This result underlined the progress HAFC are making under the guidance of coach Stephen Batley. 

The game was marred by an injury to captain Lara Abbott, who broke a bone in her ankle in the warm-up and now faces a couple of months on the sidelines.

Finally on the recruitment front, Brearley added: “Huddersfield Amateur have made a few notable signings this month. As mentioned, 17-year-old Chloe Rai made her debut for HAFC second team then made the step up into the firsts, debuting against Hall Green. 

“Another youngster who has made an instant impact is Kacie Pearce. Kacie has already made huge progress since signing and has earned herself the Superior Eco Lighting Solutions Player of the Month award for the second team.”