Impressive display warrants 2-1 win
After the midweek FA Youth Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, Professional Development Coach Tony Carss put the emphasis on the team’s performance when they took on Coventry City last weekend – and got exactly what he was looking for.
The young Terriers dominated the first half and gave their hosts the run-around, but despite this the scores were level going into the interval.
Town looked hungry to get on the ball, playing out from goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski, and created the first real chance of the game when striker Paul Mullin slipped a one-on-one chance wide of the post inside five minutes.
Skipper Kedesh Goddard hit the post from 20 yards out soon after before Town’s first goal of the game came through an impressive 15 pass move in the 25th minute. Midfielder Ben Holmes – tucking in from the left wing – curled an expert ball into the area and Mullin’s movement and header was equally impressive.
Town stayed on top, with their first half pass completion rate the highest in any 45 minute period this season, but annoyingly Coventry scored in the 38th minute to restore parity in the scoreline.
Coventry switched things around in the second half and made the game scrappier, but ironically Town created better chances than in the impressive first 45. Goalscorer Mullin had a shot cleared off the line before substitute Jake Charles had two shots fly just wide of target. Fellow sub Rekeil Pyke hit the post before centre back Will Boyle headed a corner wide and you started to worry it wouldn’t happen for Town.
Thankfully it did for the Terriers, with winger Charles (pictured) firing home an impressive left footed shot from just outside the area with four minutes of normal time remaining to secure a 2-1 win.
Town’s team (4-4-1-1):
Ed Wilczynski; Thomas Briggs, William Boyle, Joe Wilkinson, Fraser Horsfall; Ben Holmes, Duane Holmes (Danny Morton 75), Kedesh Goddard (c) (Rekeil Pyke 70), George Conway; Ryan Cox (Jake Charles 65); Paul Mullin
Unused subs: Sam Guthrie, Mikey Starkey