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16 March 2018 Venue Nottingham Forest Football Academy Attendance

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Nottingham Forest U23
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Huddersfield Town U23

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PREVIEWS: 18S & 23S IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

15 March 2018

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Young Terriers in action this weekend

- Under-23s travel to Nottingham Forest on Friday
- Under-18s travel to Ipswich on Saturday
-You can keep up to date with the games via @htafcacademy

Huddersfield Town Under-23s and Under-18s are both in Professional Development League this weekend with Mark Hudson’s U23s kicking off the action on Friday afternoon.

Mark Hudson’s side travels to Nottingham Forest for a top of the table clash on Friday for a 2pm kick off.

The Reds currently sit one point ahead of Town in fourth place and are looking for their second win in five games, having fell narrowly to bottom side Burnley 3-2 in their last game.

Mark Hudson’s men are on a five-game winning streak, with their latest being a West Yorkshire derby coming from a goal down to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

An Abdelhamid Sabiri header and a Lewis O’Brien screamer capped off an impressive second half for Town following Tyler Smith’s opener.

You can watch highlights from that game via #HTTV below:

The match will be behind closed doors, but updates will be available via @htafcacademy with a match report on htafc.com.

Huddersfield Town’s Under 18’s return to action in the Professional Development League with a trip to Suffolk to take on Alan Lee’s Ipswich side.

The match takes place at Ipswich’s Playford Road (46 Playford Road, Ipswich, IP4 5RG) and kicks off at 11am.

The Young Terriers currently sit seventh in the Professional Development League North following their draw against Coventry City at PPG Canalside.

Michael Obeiro netted Town’s equaliser in the second half to cancel out Jack Burrough’s opener. The first year scholar calmly took aim from the just outside of the area to slot home the Terriers only goal of the game. You can watch highlights of the game via #HTTV by clicking here.

Ipswich Town currently sit ninth in the Professional Development League South and recently ended a run of four straight defeats by beating Queens Park Rangers 1-0 away in London.

If you aren’t travelling to the game, you can keep up with live tweets and all of the Academy news by following @htafcacdemy on Twitter. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: FOREST 2-2 TOWN U23S

16 March 2018

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Mark Hudson's Under-23s draw at Nottingham Forest

- Town come from behind to draw away at Forest
- Crichlow-Noble and Dom Tear on target for The Terriers
- Under 23 debuts for Luke Mewitt and Oran Thompson

Mark Hudson’s U23 side overturned a half time deficit to draw 2-2 away at Nottingham Forest. 

The starting line-up included two debuts at U23 level as Luke Mewitt started in goal whilst Oran Thompson featured at centre back.

The game started in the perfect fashion for Town as the team scored the opening goal in the fifth minute.

Lewis O’Brien was causing the Forest defence problems on the right wing as he beat his man to earn Town a corner. Regan Booty took the set piece and planted the ball onto the head of Romoney Crichlow-Noble (pictured). The defender, who was partnering Thompson at centre back, rose excellently to meet the ball and power a header into the net. The goal opened the game’s scoring and was Crichlow-Noble’s first goal in this age level.

Forest responded in immediate fashion though and five minutes later they had their equaliser. A mazy run from Barrie McKay presented the Forest number 10 with an opportunity that Luke Mewitt was powerless to keep out as it nestled in the far corner to draw the sides level.

Making his 20th appearance of the season for the Under-23s, Regan Booty was influential in the heart of the Town midfield, making several key interceptions in the opening proceedings. Town then saw a free kick intercepted by McKay, and with Mewitt rushing out, McKay flicked the bouncing ball goal wards, but Oran Thompson was on hand to clear from the goal line.

Thompson was enjoying a confident display despite it being his debut with the U23s and was clearly helped by his previous 18 appearances with the U18s to date this term. His passing was a particular highlight as Mark Hudson encouraged the players around him to make angles for Thompson to pass in to.

As the half wore on, Town struggled to get the ball up the field to supply Rekeil Pyke. The striker did receive the pass in behind the defence on one occasion, but the offside flag was there to deny Town a goal scoring opportunity.

With the game nearing the half time break, the home side took the lead for the first time. The 37th minute saw the influential McKay involved as he broke into the Town box before unselfishly squaring the ball to Aaron Smith. The Forest number 9 took a touch and although Crichlow-Noble tried to block the shot, he was unable to keep it out as it rolled into the goal.

The half time whistle blew with the young Town side trailing by one-goal.

Within two minutes of the restart, Mewitt was called into action as he got down well to parry a low shot, before Crichlow-Noble completed the job by clearing the ball into touch.

Just before the hour mark, Mark Hudson made his first change of the game. Debutant Oran Thompson left the field for Isaac Marriott shortly before Olly Dyson replaced Scott High.

The substitutes were immediately involved as in the 68th minute, brilliant work from Marriott saw him create space for himself on the right flank. Marriott beat his man and drilled the cross, and although he got his feet in a bit of a mix, Dom Tear got enough on the ball to direct it into the net and level for Town.

Just four minutes after the equaliser, Town was probing again with Tear provider this time picking out Olly Dyson, but the substitute could not direct his shot goal wards as he put it narrowly wide of the left post.

Town was the team on top and if there was to be a winner it looked like it would be the away side who would score it. Regan Booty had a couple of chances to find a teammate from set pieces but he couldn’t manage to pick one of them out.

There was just time for another Luke Mewitt save to add to his growing catalogue. The debutant could not do much for either of Forest’s goals, but overall, he put in a solid debut performance between the sticks for Hudson’s side.

The game ended 2-2 and it was a fair refection of the game. Both teams had spells on top but neither managed to dominate proceedings enough to warrant all three points.

Town Starting Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Luke Mewitt; Mason O’Malley, Romoney Crichlow-Noble, Oran Thompson (Isaac Marriott 57’), Jordan Williams; Scott High (Olly Dyson 62’), Regan Booty; Dom Tear, Matty Daly, Lewis O’Brien; Rekeil Pyke (Micah Obiero 75’)

Unused sub:

Harrison Davison-Hale

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