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Grimsby Town U18
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Huddersfield Town U18
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26 March 2021

Youngster spoke ahead of U17s game against Grimsby Town

- David Adewoju enjoying his progression with Town’s Academy
- Young Terrier also features for Under-19s
- Under-17s are back in action on Saturday 27 March 2021

Huddersfield Town Under-17s defender David Adewoju is pleased with his development so far in his first season at the Club.

The youngster was part of the Club’s summer 2020 intake, joining from QPR to link up with the Academy’s Under-17 season.

He spoke to about his first season as a First Terrier.

“My first season’s been good.

“I’ve blended in nicely, made a lot of friends here and as I’ve been playing more games I’ve been getting better.

“I’m definitely faster and stronger than when I joined.

“My playing has also got a lot better.”

Adewoju’s progression has seen him feature for Jon Worthington’s Under-19s side alongside some of his fellow Under-17 teammates; something he admits has further helped his development.

“The Under-19s are bigger and stronger than the Under-17s, so I have to move the ball a lot faster, which makes me quicker.

“You pick up little habits that the older players do, like passing details that you wouldn’t have known before that help move the ball faster around the pitch and help us score. It means when I go back to the Under-17s I’m a lot sharper.

“It makes it easier going into that older age group with some of my current teammates because you both go on together and learn together, whereas if you go up by yourself you can’t really talk to anyone because you don’t really know them yet.”

The 17-year-old also reviewed what he’d like to achieve in the remainder of the current season.

“I want to carry on playing well and being selected for as many games as possible, including both Under-17s and Under-19s games.”

David and his Under-17 teammates are back in action on Saturday 27 March 2021 when they travel to face Grimsby Town.

You can keep up-to-date with all things Huddersfield Town Academy on their official Twitter page; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports


28 March 2021

Town’s Under-17s react well to in-game challenges

- Young Terriers to take positives from Grimsby Town challenge
- Huddersfield Town Under-17s forced to adapt throughout the game
- Comments from Coach Oran Thompson ahead of Cup Semi Final

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s were forced to adapt throughout their match against Grimsby Town on Saturday morning.

The Young Terriers got off to a positive start with Conor Falls directing the first chance of the game – a diving header – inches over the bar.

However, they found themselves behind early on, conceding a penalty during a spell of pressure from the home side, which was dispatched in the 20th minute.

Thompson’s side battled back as the half went on, keeping the home side penned in. They came closest to equalising before the break thanks to Evander Grubb, who’s half-volley from range forced the Grimsby ‘keeper into making a save.

The second half presented more challenges than the first. On top of windy conditions, four substitutes had already been made when Josh Okpolokpo was forced off with a head injury midway through the half, resulting in Town playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men.

Thompson reshuffled his side and they did well to stop the threat that Grimsby possessed before managing to build their final attacks.

Town came close again when Dylan Heliwell dribbled through the Grimsby defence, but just as he was about to get his shot away from close range he was stopped by a well-timed tackle.

Despite being unable to find an equaliser before the final whistle, Academy Coach Oran Thompson was happy with the way the Young Terriers went about dealing with different factors that came into play during the game.

“It was another game where we’ve had to adapt to the conditions – the surface, the wind, they both made it difficult to play at times – but on the whole I thought the lads did adapt well and managed the game a lot better than in previous matches,” he said.

“Physically we were good. We know what to expect against teams like Grimsby, we’re always going to get lots of duels and, especially when you’re away, it’s going to be a test. I think each week the lads are standing up to that challenge more and more.

“I was also impressed with the final 20 minutes, similar to the Rotherham game we were down to ten and had to adapt. That experience probably helped them today, staying compact, staying together and making sure we’re a solid unit more than anything. Then that’s when you think about building attacks.”

Thompson also highlighted how good of an example the match was in terms of how the Academy aim to develop the players, providing them with a physical test in the form of a strong opponent, as well as playing matches in quick succession, much like the First Team.

“This one was a real good test. Obviously they’re very well organised, they set up a little differently with their press today which was another challenge for us to adapt to in the moment, but that’s what it’s all about for the lads – that constant learning so they can take it into next week and the week after that.

“Also playing matches this often, it’s massive what it can do for their development. In the Championship most weeks this season it’s been Saturday-Tuesday games, so it’s helping get them be prepared with their professionalism off the pitch to get themselves ready to go again. Plus, obviously the best place to learn football is on the pitch, so there’s definitely positives to take away.”

Huddersfield Town Under-17s Team (4-3-3)

Michael Roxburgh; Charles Nduwuisi-Ondo, Josh Okpolokpo (70'), Chukwudalu Molokwu, Neo Eccleston; Ben Midgley (c) (Sonny Whittingham, 30’), Evander Grubb, Michael Stone; Cian Philpott (Michael Aileman, 67’) Robson Shipley (Andre Edionhon, 55’), Conor Falls (Dylan Heliwell, 46’)

Final Score

Grimsby Town 1-0 Huddersfield Town Under-17s

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