Young Terriers create a number of chances against Farsley Celtic
- Young Terriers bag four goals against Farsley Celtic
- Jon Worthington pleased with attacking play
- Improvements to be made on defensive principles
Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s recent work on attacking was evident during a 4-4 draw with Farsley Celtic at the Citadel Stadium.
Jon Worthington’s young side had been working on developing attacks, attacking movement and finishing in their latest block of coaching, so were tasked with implementing that into game situations.
The Young Terriers created a number of chances during the first half, with Kit Elliott and Will McCamley both forcing the home side’s goalkeeper into good saves. Despite their domination, Town went into the interval behind courtesy of a goal on the stroke of half-time.
Worthington was impressed with the sheer volume of openings the youngsters managed to fashion out during the first 45 minutes.
“We have only just started this phase to be honest, so it was good to see how quickly the lads had picked it up.
“In the first half we created a lot of opportunities to score and we should have scored a lot more.”
Striker Elliott displayed that much desired clinical edge in front of goal just 10 seconds after the restart, pouncing on a defensive error to put Town back on level terms.
Worthy was pleased with how the number nine refused to let his head drop after going close on a number of occasions in the opening 45.
“Kit (Elliott) had quite a few chances which is good for him and good for the strikers; that was the idea of having this type of fixture.
“He was getting in good areas to score goals and to be fair he is usually very clinical and today he could have had a lot more, but it was pleasing that he did come through with a goal in the end,” he said.
The Young Terriers then trailed 3-1 with just 10 minutes of the game to play but quickfire goals from two of the trialists made it a level game once again.
The drama did not stop there, though, when Farsley regained their advantage with just two minutes remaining, before substitute Sam Sharrock-Peplow fired in Town’s fourth goal and third equaliser of the encounter.
Worthy explained that there are improvements to be made at the back in what was a wide open second half affair.
“In terms of the team and the performance, obviously defensively there was a lot of things we could have done better.
“In defence of the players it was a mixed group of all the ages, although when they do step into play they have to stick to defensive principles.
“It was a bit like a basketball game in the second half, end-to-end and there were lots of opportunities.
“Overall, to score four goals we are obviously pleased with that but there are lots of areas we can work and improve on.”
The Under-19s will now look forward to kick starting their Premier League Cup campaign on Monday 9 September 2019, as they host Oxford United at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Town’s Under-19s vs Farsley Celtic (4-3-3)
Harrison Davison-Hale; George Alfieri, Mohammed Diaby, Trialist, Ilounga Pata © (Trialist, 46’); Seth Meeson (Josh Austerfield, 30), Trialist, Tim Akinola; Trialist, Kit Elliott, Will McCamley (Sam Sharrock-Peplow, 59’)
Giosue Bellagambi, Mustapha Olagunju
Farsley Celtic Under-19s 4-4 Huddersfield Town Under-19s
Kit Elliott 46’, Trialist 81’, Trialist 84’, Sam Sharrock-Peplow 90’