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U17s SHOW GOOD SPIRIT IN OPENING GAME

5 August 2019

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Jon Worthington’s youngsters complete first six-week coaching programme

- Young Terriers’ Youth Alliance League programme begins
- Ben Midgeley scored his first goal for the youngsters
- Jon Worthington focused on next six-week block of coaching

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17 side kicked off their Youth Alliance season against Bradford City after completing the first six-weeks coaching.

The youngsters, who came together for the first time in July, have been working hard under the tutelage of Jon Worthington to understand the Club’s style of play.

Town’s Under-17 Coach detailed what they were working on in the opening six-week block and how that was implemented into the game.

“We set out in pre-season, and we decided collectively to start with the emotion side of the game, so the mentality, the 100% commitment and attitude.

“Getting all those behaviours and attributes you need as the foundation of football that are super important.

“It’s very new to them, but those characteristics will hold them in good stead, not just for this season but their careers as footballers.”

‘Worthy’ felt that there was no greater test in this instance for the Young Terriers than a local derby for their Youth Alliance League opener.

“It was quite good in that it was a local derby, which goes hand in hand with those attributes”, he said. “There was a positive reaction, and I was delighted with the way the boys stepped up and showed those attributes.”

During the first six-weeks, the Young Terriers worked on the fundamentals of the style of play.

Those were evident in Town’s goal as the youngsters pressed high before, Ben Midgeley latched onto an awkward back-pass, rounded the ‘keeper and placed the ball into the net.

“As a team, there was that togetherness and spirit which is extremely important, with some excellent individual performances too,” explained Worthy.

“The most pleasing thing for me is when you work on things in training and then they’ve delivered that thing in the games; that’s the most important thing.”

Having now completed the first six-week block, the Young Terriers will start again on Monday with the next phase of their training. This will see them learn how to play in possession and out from the back.

“Now that we’ve worked extremely hard on that six-week block, it was really nice to see the fruition of that, and we’ll go again Monday and start on the next six-week block.

“I think there’s always areas to improve on, and massively for us when we’ve only been in the building for six weeks, so there’s still loads to do, but it will be great to start the next six-week block and look to challenge the players further.”

Final Score

Bradford City 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Town’s U17 team vs Bradford City

Michael Roxburgh; Luke Daley, Josh Okpolokpo, Mustapha Olagunju, Tom Bamford; Josh Austerfield, Ernaldo Krasniqi, Ben Midgeley; Darnel Baxter-Alleyne, Andre Edionhon, Myles Bright

Subs

Giosue Bellagambi, Luke Billam, Robson Shipley

Scorer

Ben Midgeley 46’


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