Development Squad hosts Colchester in the afternoon
- Under-21's season opener on Monday afternoon
- Colchester United visits PPG Canalside
- 2pm kick-off for Frankie Bunn's side
Huddersfield Town’s Under-21 side gets the Professional Development League 2 season under way on Monday afternoon when Colchester United visits PPG Canalside.
The young Terriers, managed by Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn, host their counterparts from Essex at 2pm at Town’s training complex.
Bunn’s side finished its pre-season campaign with aplomb recently, turning in a great second-half performance to win at Vanarama National League North side Stalybridge Celtic; watch highlights from the 4-2 win below!
During pre-season, Bunn has been without the services of midfielders Ben Holmes and Callum Charlton and more recently defender Danny Kane through injury. In addition, Joe Wright, Jake Charles and William Boyle are all out on loan.
This fixture is one of 10 against teams from the southern PDL2 League, whereas Town plays each of the other nine PDL2 North sides twice during the league campaign.
At the end of the season, the top two sides from each regional division play the end of season Play-Offs to determine an overall winner.
Last season, the young Terriers finished second in the northern ladder before reaching the Play-Off Final, losing 3-2 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Monday’s opponent Colchester United is competing in the Professional Development League 2 for the first time this season having achieved Academy Category 2 status in the summer within the Elite Player Performance Plan.
If you can’t make the game, there will be updates of any goals on Town’s Twitter account - @htafcdotcom