By Steven Downes

Huddersfield Town Ladies have lost manager Glen Preston.

He resigned following a 6-0 league defeat to Preston North End and assistant Ash Vickers has taken first-team duties.

Vickers started with an emphatic 17-1 victory over Dronfield in the third round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup.

On the departure, Vickers said: “It’s a sad thing that Glen has had to leave; he will be missed by everyone at the club.

“We’ve learned so much from him, I don’t think much will change, and we’ll still play the same way as we did under Glen.

“There will be a couple of new ideas here and there.”

Town scored nine first-half goals against Dronfield, with Emily Heckler netting a hat trick.

Huddersfield Town Ladies FC club photo for 2015-16

Her first came in the first minute as she waltzed into the Dronfield box and slid the ball past the helpless keeper, while Katie Lockwood tapped in from close range five minutes later for 2-0.

Heckler included a spectacular 25-yard lob and by the time Dronfield scored on 30 minutes, they were already six down.

Lockwood also scored to round off a fantastic move as Town were 9-1 up at the break, and she completed her hat trick with the first of eight second-half goals for Vickers’ side.

Town’s No16 Beth Jennings, who scored four, was voted player of the match for her control in midfield and uncanny ability in front of goal.

Heckler also finished with four in the match, while the scoring was completed with an own goal.

The full list of Town scorers was: Emily Heckler (4), Beth Jennings (4), Katie Lockwood (3), Molly Holder (2), Kate Mallin (1), Sarah Dobbie (1), Katie Barnes (1) and the own goal.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Cup will take place early next year, with ties to be played on Sunday, January 17.

Next up for the Ladies is a trip to rivals Bradford City in the league on Sunday, January 3.

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The Development team also progressed to the quarter-finals with an 8-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday Reserves.

Town went behind to an early Wednesday goal, but soon came back into the game with goals from Courtney Kaye (3), Jess Holland (3) and one each from Koari Brown and Rebecca Sherrard.

Their next game is on Sunday, January 3, at home to Stockport County Reserves (2pm).

The three junior teams didn’t play last weekend but the Under 12s re-start after the New Year when they travel to Barnsley Ladies on January 2 (11am).

The Under 14s travel to Wisewood Juniors on the same day (11am).