Charles has hand in all three goals
Town’s Under-18 side kicked off their Professional Development League season in style at Canalside on Saturday morning, beating visitors Coventry City by two goals.
Jake Charles (pictured), playing just behind the striker, had a hand in all three goals, which were converted by Will Boyle, Regan Booty and Rekeil Pyke.
In windy conditions on the top canal pitches, Town had by far the better of the first half and deservedly led by two goals at the interval. They had to be patient, with the first coming in the 41st minute – second year centre back Boyle turning home Charles’ cross.
The second goal came in quick succession, courtesy of excellent play from Charles. The tall second year scholar dribbled from his own box to the opposition’s, taking on three players in the process, before crossing for under-16 midfielder Booty to head past the ‘keeper.
Coventry scrambled a goal back just before the hour mark after Town failed to properly clear a free-kick, but the result was confirmed with 14 minutes left. Charles sent Booty clear of the Coventry defence and Regan intelligently drew the goalkeeper before sliding a pass to under-16 colleague Rekeil Pyke, leaving the striker with the easy task of sliding the ball into the vacant net.
There was still time for Pyke to rattle the crossbar with a header in the 79th minute from a cross by the dangerous Booty.
Town’s team (4-4-1-1):
Sam Guthrie; Mikey Starkey, William Boyle, Joe Wilkinson (c), Bradley Carroll (Fraser Horsfall 88); Jacob Hanson, Philip Billing, Ben Atkinson, Regan Booty; Jake Charles; Rekeil Pyke (Trialist 83)
Ed Wilczynski, Jack Boyle, Nathaniel Pells
Ben Atkinson (64); Bradley Carroll (87); Regan Booty (90)
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