Training work on display in competitive game against the Iron
- Huddersfield Town Under-17s working on attacking transitions
- Training work evident in both of Robson Shipley’s goals
- Under-19s back in action at Rotherham United on Tuesday
The work that Town’s Under-17 side is putting in on attacking transitions was on display in the latest EFL Youth Alliance game on Saturday, with both of Robson Shipley’s goals against Scunthorpe United straight from the training ground.
Having played the Clarets Cup victory against Preston North End just two days earlier, coach Jon Worthington named a much-changed side against the Iron, with the focus on taking the training work into the game.
Robson – a very young 16-year-old First Year scholar – netted two in the second half, with the current training focus bearing fruit.
As well as working on ‘reactive pressure – reacting immediately when losing possession in order to win it back – the Under-17s are also working on the transition from being out of possession to getting back on the attack.
That current body of work will continue until Christmas, with the regular Youth Alliance League games – such as Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe – being used as extended training sessions, when the Young Terriers can practise that work against an opponent.
The Youth Alliance Cup games, alongside the U17 Clarets Cup fixtures, are used as ‘performance’ games, when Worthington challenges his scholars to perform and win.
Unfortunately, the next Under-17 game against Sheffield Wednesday, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed.
However, Town’s Academy are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday 26 November) with the U19s travelling to take on Rotherham United in the Central League Cup. The game takes place at Roundwood Sports Complex (S62 6LA) and kicks off at 1pm. Supporters are welcome to attend.
If you can’t attend the game, then you can follow live match updates at @htafcacademy.
Town’s Under-17 side vs Scunthorpe United (4-3-3)
Michael Roxburgh; Luke Billam, Nassim Kherbouche, Loick Ayina (c) (Luke Daley, 46’), Rayden Wildman; Ernaldo Krasniqi (Ben Midgley, 55’), Darnel Baxter-Alleyne; Sam Sharrock-Peplow, Brahima Diarra (Myles Bright, 46’), Robson Shipley; Andre Edionhon (Gulutte Zunda, 60’)
Huddersfield Town 2-3 Scunthorpe United
Robson Shipley (2)