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26 August 2013

Holmes and Carr secure first win of the season

Duane Holmes produced a man of the match performance as Town’s U21s recorded their first victory of the season.

The talented midfielder equalised for the Terriers following Danny Pugh’s opener before laying on the assist for striker Daniel Carr to score the winner.

Town’s winning margin could have been greater with both Matt Crooks and Cristian Lopez seeing one-on-one chances superbly saved by Leeds' stopper.

In a first half of few chances, Crooks’ was the only gilt-edged one. Town’s Spanish striker Cristian Lopez did well to play the midfielder in, but he failed to hit the back of the net with a left-footed shot.

Leeds, whose side included the likes of Sam Byram and David Norris, looked dangerous on the counter and went close during the opening stages of the match when Norris produced a good save from Lloyd Allinson.

The equilibrium in the score line lasted just six minutes of the second half before Leeds’ left-back Danny Pugh smashed home a free-kick from 18 yards.

It didn’t take Town long to draw level, though, and there won’t be many better goals scored at Canalside Sports Complex this season. Duane Holmes picked up the ball 40 yards out from goal and embarked on a surging run that took him past four Leeds players before he cutely slid the ball home from 10 yards.

Crooks fired over for Town before Daniel Carr grabbed the winner in the 76th minute. Holmes was once again at the heart of the move with a lofted ball into the path of the unmarked Carr. The striker still had work to do, though, and he did it with aplomb; rounding the ‘keeper before tapping into an empty net.

Lopez should have made it three during the final ten minutes, but like Crooks, he was thwarted by the impressive Leeds ‘keeper.

Town’s team (4-4-2):

Lloyd Allinson; Paul Dixon, Tom Smith, James Burke, Dale Hopson; Matt Crooks (c), Duane Holmes, Max Leonard (Jake Charles, 60), Paul Mullin (Philip Billing, 60), Daniel Carr (Joe Wilkinson, 87), Cristian Lopez

Unused substitute:

Ed Wilczynski

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