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Lincoln City U18
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Huddersfield Town U18

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Match Previews

NEO ECCLESTON DISCUSSES FIRST SEASON WITH U17s

30 April 2021

Youngster speaks ahead of Saturday’s game against Lincoln City

- Defender Neo Eccleston speaks to htafc.com
- Young Terrier enjoying development with Town’s Academy
- Town’s U17s face Lincoln City on Saturday (1 May 2021)

Huddersfield Town Under-17 defender Neo Eccleston is pleased with the improvements he’s seen in his first season with the Young Terriers.

Eccleston linked up with George Danaher’s Under-17s ahead of the current season on a two-year scholarship and admitted that the current campaign has had its ups and downs.

“I’ve found my first season here fine.

“I’ve had a couple of ups and downs, but so far I think I’ve been doing well.

“The first few months were a bit weird, but since I’ve come back from injury, I think I’ve got on well and it’s been really good.”

The 17-year-old was quick to discuss how he’s improved in his time at the Club so far.

“My biggest improvement has been my physique.

“When I got injured, I was out for a long time and it was just constant gym work and eating and I’ve got a lot stronger.

“When I came back onto the pitch, I could see all my improvements. It was easier for me to hold off people and I was doing it better than before.

“I’ve also had the chance to play with the Under-19s since being back.

“Obviously they’re more physical players because they’re older and I have to change my mindset for those games because they’re harder players to hold off.

“I also have to up my game, so sharper passes, doing one-twos, doing first time passes and just trying to beat them smartly.

“Playing with them has helped me a lot. When I come back into Under-17s games I can pass the ball quicker, I can hold off players better and I think it’s just helped me improve as an overall player.

“Everything’s just clicking more easily now.”

The defender most recently scored in the Under-17s’ Clarets Cup Quarter-Final against Preston North End.

“It felt good! Both scoring and securing the win for our team.

“We scored the first goal and obviously you still get pressure, so scoring the second goal helped make the game a little more relaxed because we knew we were ahead of them that little bit more.

“It was a relief when it went in because I’d had a couple of chances before then!

“My first chance, I shot, and it went over, and my second chance I hit the ball with my left foot and it just didn’t really go near the goal.

“The one that went in felt good.”

The youngster also took the time to discuss what he’d like to achieve moving forward next season.

“I want to pick up from where I left off and try to be involved with more Under-19 games because I think that’ll help me improve as a player.”

Neo and his Under-17 teammates are back in action on Saturday 1 May 2021, when they travel to face Lincoln City.

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

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Match Reports

U17s WORK ON ADAPTABILITY AGAINST LINCOLN CITY

2 May 2021

Young Terriers in league action away at Lincoln

- Huddersfield Town U17s play last game of Youth Alliance League
- Young Terriers work on adaptability against Lincoln City
- Comments from U17s Coach George Danaher

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s worked on their adaptability when they faced Lincoln City in their final Youth Alliance League game of the 2020/21 season on Saturday morning.

The Young Terriers were given two open training sessions, to work on whatever they desired, in the build-up to Saturday’s game, allowing them to play with freedom and keep a high block when progressing the play.

Despite it being a goalless first half, there were plenty of chances for the deadlock to be broken - two fantastic blocks in quick succession by Conor Falls superbly denied Lincoln the opener.

Evander Grubb came close to breaking the deadlock for the Terriers, after an impressive driving run that beat two Lincoln defenders on the left channel. Grubb eventually carved open space, but his subsequent shot was driven into the side netting.

With just 10 minutes until the interval, Grubb once again set out to drive at the Lincoln defence with a menacing run, where he showcased fantastic close control and dribbling ability. However, he was denied by a sea of defenders in red shirts before he could trouble the keeper from inside the 18-yard area.

It was the hosts who broke out of the blocks quickest in the second half, winning themselves a corner after forcing a fine stop out of Sam Taylor. The subsequent corner was slammed home from close range by Jovon Makama to open the scoring in Lincolnshire.

Lincoln continued their pressure after the opener and a relentless 10 minutes from the home side ended with Makama netting his second and leaving Town with plenty to do.

The Terriers were forced to 10 men shortly before full time, as Grubb was forced to exit the pitch due to injury.

The hosts doubled their lead in the final minutes, with Ziyad Al-Oyouni finishing from close range.

Under-17s Coach George Danaher was pleased with his side’s performance, particularly in the first 45.

“I thought the performance was really good, we gave the lads loads of ownership before the game to plan and deliver the game plan.

“The lads, especially in the first half, went out and performed really well.

“We did so many good things, and as a Coach you’re disappointed because you care for the lads and how they play.

“Yes, we conceded three goals, but in terms of the boys’ application and attitude, I think they were excellent.

“Evander picked up a little knock, but when we went down to 10 men the lads performed excellently - they worked their socks off and they adapted to it really well.”

Danaher was quick to comment on how the game showed how much the players have achieved over the season.

“The scenarios that happened on the pitch, the players adapted really well, and I think that’s a product of what they’ve learnt over the season.

“We wouldn’t have been able to come here and give the lads as much freedom if they hadn’t worked as hard as they have over the season, both on the pitch and in the classroom with their analysis, and as a Coach that’s fantastic to see.

“The lads have worked hard this season and they deserve some time off to rest, recover and look to go again next season.”

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

Sam Taylor; Charles Nduwuisi-Ondo, Jeremy Stewart, Josh Okpolokpo (c), Neo Eccleston; Sonny Whittingham, Dylan Helliwell, Michael Stone; Cian Philpott, Conor Falls, Evander Grubb

Unused Subs

Tyree Sanusi, Gulutte Zunda

Final Score

Lincoln City 3-0 Huddersfield Town Under-17s

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