Development continues for young Huddersfield Town players
- Town Under-17s draw with Manchester City
- Young Terriers beat Rotherham United in Youth Alliance game
- U17s will face Leeds United on Friday behind-closed-doors
Huddersfield Town’s youngsters continued to show their development after an excellent performance against Manchester City.
The game at City’s Academy Stadium was the second high-quality test for the Young Terriers last week after they played Liverpool FC just days earlier.
After performing well against the Reds, the youngsters put in an equally good performance against Manchester City.
Town’s Under-17s more than matched the Manchester City side and drew 4-4, in what was a highly entertaining game.
Centre-back Nassim Kherbouche bagged a brace; the defender rose highest from two corners to power the ball into the back of the net.
George Alfieri and Josh Austerfield were also on the scoresheet; Josh’s goal showed what the Young Terriers had been working on. The Under-17s won the ball back after committing to a high press before the midfielder’s first time shot went into the back of the net.
The matches against the likes of Liverpool FC and Manchester City were organised to give the youngsters a technical test, rather than the physical ones they receive in the Youth Alliance League.
Town’s U17s vs Manchester City (4-3-3)
Giosue Bellagambi; Jaheim Headley, Mustapha Olagunju (c), Nassim Kherbouche, Taylor Annakin; Ben Midgley, Tim Akinola, Josh Austerfield; Sam Sharrock-Peplow, Zach Sapsford, Remi Thompson
Lenny Fieldhouse; Mohammed Diaby, George Alfieri, Tom Bell, Andrew Ijiwole, Andre Edionhon, Harmeed Ishola
Nassim Kherbouche (2), Josh Austerfield, George Alfieri
With Town’s Under-17s being provided with a different test on the Tuesday and Friday prior to the Rotherham game, an older side was selected for the youngsters’ final Youth Alliance fixture of the season.
Dean Whitehead coached a Town Under-18 side, which included players who featured for Town in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season, some Under-17s and some trialists.
That meant the likes of Ben Jackson and Kit Elliott, who have both been on work experience with Darlington, and the Club’s Academy Player of the Year Scott High were amongst those to feature for the Young Terriers.
Town’s Under-18s side created a number of chances and won the game 2-1. Trialist George Lindo scored the first before Micah Obiero’s last minute effort won the game for the youngsters.
Town’s U18s vs Rotherham United (4-4-2)
Luke Mewitt; Ben Jackson, George Lindo, Tom Bamford, Marcus Gouldbourne; Courtney Watson, Scott High (c), Cameron Antwi, Kai Herbert; Micah Obiero, Kit Elliott
Jacob Chapman; Tom Bell
George Lindo, Micah Obiero
The final test for the Young Terriers this season will come against Leeds United on Friday 10 May 2019. The game will take place behind-closed-doors and will kick-off at 2pm.