Lincoln City scored a late equaliser against Town’s Under-18s
- Kian Harratt and Mustapha Olagunju scored for the Young Terriers
- Town’s U18s unbeaten in the Youth Alliance Cup with one match to play
- Worthington hoping the game can be a good lesson for his side
Jon Worthington’s Under-18s conceded an unfortunate equalising goal in added time as they drew 2-2 with Lincoln City in the Youth Alliance Cup.
The young Town side went to Lincoln with the main focus of picking up a third win from three in the cup and looked on course to do so right up until the last kick of the game.
Kian Harratt scored the opener towards the end of the first half - Myles Bright weaved his way into the area and put it on a plate for the striker, who turned and curled it into the top corner. This lead didn’t last long however as Lincoln equalised just before the break.
Then, after a slow start to the second half Mustapha Olagunju bundled the ball across the line from a corner to put the Terriers back in front. Unfortunately, though, the Imps scored a late equaliser. A challenge in the area was judged to be worthy of a penalty, which was put away by the hosts to finish the tie at 2-2.
The Young Terriers remain unbeaten in the Youth Alliance Cup, although Worthy is hoping this match can be a good lesson for his side on what they need to do to see out results.
He said: “I thought it was a really good, competitive game. Both teams played some good football, but obviously when you’re 2-1 up it’s disappointing to concede in the last minute - that’s probably the biggest learning point for us really, it was a performance game so that means seeing out the game when you’re ahead.
“Everything for the team this age is about different experiences, especially experiences under pressure. We showed great mentality in different spells following our different approach to the game, we just need to keep it up in order to see out the result.”
Two positives that the Young Terriers can take from the draw are the fact they are still unbeaten in the cup with one group match against Burton Albion to play, and also the fact they were on top against the same tough opponents that beat the Under-17s last month.
“The two games were always going to be different. In the league it was a very different team, a very young team with different targets for the match,” said Worthy. “This time we did do well but again it is reiterating that point about finishing games off.”