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Match Previews

MIDGLEY BENEFITTING FROM WORTHY’S WISDOM

3 March 2020

Youngster speaks ahead of Wednesday’s Clarets Cup game

- Under-17s face Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday 4 March 2020
- Ben Midgley discusses how he’s developed under Jon Worthington
- Supporters can attend

Huddersfield Town Under-17 Captain Ben Midgley is pleased with his personal development so far this season ahead of Wednesday’s Clarets Cup Quarter-Final against Crewe Alexandra.

The 16-year-old became a part of the Young Terriers set-up last summer and grew up as a Town fan locally in Mirfield.

So far, he feels nothing but pride whenever pulling on the blue and white stripes of Town and believes the Academy’s development programme is having the desired effect on himself and his teammates.

“It’s been brilliant, I’ve been a Huddersfield fan since I was born, and I’ve always wanted to play for this club.

“I feel like it’s going really well. At the start of the season we had to get to know each other as we’d all just arrived but now we’ve bonded, played a fair few games together, and we’re starting to get better in the league and find our form.”

He has been a key figure in Jon Worthington’s team this campaign, taking up the captaincy and displaying his skill as a natural leader.

“It’s a big responsibility to have. I lead the players, but I just play my own game, I’m just like everyone else.

“You have to have voices on the pitch, from everyone not just me, it’s nice to have to the armband but as I say, there’s 11 voices on the pitch.”

Alongside the mental side of the game, Midgley also feels the technical side of his game has vastly improved as he has grown into a more versatile midfielder under the watchful eye of former Terriers midfielder Worthy.

“He has helped me a lot, as he was a centre-mid himself he’s shown me where to play. I came here as a number six and now I find myself playing more in the number eight and 10 roles.

“He’s been key in developing me into those positions with things like backfoot receiving, passing, and scoring more goals. Last year I was on zero goals, and up to now I’ve got 11, so I’m happy I’m improving.

“I’ve still got a long way to go obviously, I think there’s a lot to improve on, there’s still the rest of this season to go. I’m just looking to improve every day in training, work hard in our sessions then play the game, and hopefully that pays off.”

Ben and his Under-17 teammates are back in action on Wednesday (4 March 2020) as they take on Crewe Alexandra at Alexandra Park Training Ground (CW5 6DF). Kick-off is 1pm and supporters are welcome to attend!

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Match Reports

U17s PROGRESS TO CLARETS CUP SEMI-FINALS

4 March 2020

First half Ben Midgley strike sees Town through to the Clarets Cup Semi-Finals

- Young Terriers 1-0 beat Crewe Alexandra in the Quarter-Finals
- Ben Midgley on target and Town keep a well-deserved clean sheet
- Coach Jon Worthington pleased with ‘dominant’ performance

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s are through to the Semi-Finals of the Clarets Cup after defeating Crewe Alexandra 1-0, thanks to a great strike from Ben Midgley.

The captain scored with just under half an hour on the clock, using the high fight zone to win the ball back, drive at the defence and unleash an effort into the top right corner.

And from the run of play, Town’s youngsters were unfortunate not to have won by more come the final whistle.

The Young Terriers did, however, put in an excellent defensive shift at the other end of the pitch, keeping Alexandra penned in for large periods of the game.

When called upon Michael Roxburgh made some good saves, and in front of him his teammates were well drilled to keep Crewe at bay.

This result means Town are through to the Semi-Finals of the competition, with their opponents yet to be decided, and Worthy was pleased with the performance today that helped them achieve that target.

“It was excellent, and it should have been a lot more! But I’m still more than pleased with the performance,” he said.

“We scored a great goal in terms of what we’ve asked Ben (Midgley) to do since he’s been in the building, and that is be a box-to-box midfielder, drive with and without the ball and he showed a great example of doing that before the shot, so I’m pleased for him today.

“We dominated the game, and part of that is being solid at the back. We were solid today, limited them to minimal chances and on another day we could have gone on to score more.

“The clean sheet is great too. Mikey was good, he kept engaged in the game, had good concentration and that’s what it’s got to be like when the balls mostly up the other end - when he was asked to do things he did well; that’s the job!”

Now that a place in the next round is secured, focus switches back to development as the Under-17s travel to Burton next in the Youth Alliance League, aiming to show off the off the ball work they’ve been doing in training.

Worthy said: “We’ll continue the out of possession themes; we’re doing a lot of 11 v 11 scenario-based training around formations and different ways to press and along with today it’s all good learning and we’ll take it into the next game with the lads”

Town’s Under-17 team vs Crewe Alexandra (4-3-3)

Michael Roxburgh; Luke Daley, Josh Okpolokpo, Loick Ayina, Ben Watt; Ben Midgley (c), Ernaldo Krasniqi, Myles Bright; Robson Shipley, Brahima Diarra, Gulutte Zunda

Unused subs

Tom Bamford, Darnel Baxter-Alleyne

Scorer

Ben Midgley 28’

Final score

Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Huddersfield Town Under-17s

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