Huddersfield Town’s Under-23s side got off to a winning start in 2018 beating Hull City 2-1 at PPG Canalside.
Goals from both Rekeil Pyke and Lewis O’Brien earned Mark Hudson his first win in charge of the Terriers after he was appointed as the U23s Coach at the start of the month.
Hudson’s side included Michael Hefele and Philip Billing who are both working on their match fitness after returning from injury last weekend against Bolton Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup. The pair both played 65 minutes for the young side.
Whilst the line-up also included goalkeeper Rory Brown who is on trial from Wolves.
Despite dominating the opening proceedings of the game, Town’s youngsters fell behind in the 31st minute – a goal which came completely against the run of play.
The opening strike didn’t deter Mark Hudson’s side, who continued in the same vein dominating the proceedings and creating opportunities.
Just before half-time the scores were level after another well worked move. Philip Billing sprayed the ball to Lewis O’Brien, who threaded an inch perfect pass to Rekeil Pyke in the area. The striker, who recently returned from his loan spell at Port Vale, picked up the ball and drilled a superb left footed effort into the back of the net.
An equally as good second half performance followed. Under-23s Captain O’Brien, who set up the first, scored the winner for the youngsters in the 52nd minute. The midfielder latched onto a through ball from Dom Tear and placed the ball past the ‘keeper.
Highlights from the match at PPG Canalside will be available next week on #HTTV.
Town’s Under-23s starting line-up:
Rory Brown; Mason O’Malley, Michael Hefele (Romoney Crichlow-Noble, 65’), Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Jordan Williams; Philip Billing (Luca Colville, 65’), Regan Booty; Lewis O’Brien (c) (Scott High), Matty Daly, Dom Tear; Rekeil Pyke
Luke Mewitt, Isaac Marriott