Young Terriers victorious at home
- Town B beat Sheffield United 2-0
- Pat Jones and Myles Bright on the scoresheet
- First minutes back from injury for First Team’s Rolando Aarons
Huddersfield Town’s B Team put in a possession-heavy, dominant display as they were 2-0 winners against Sheffield United at Canalside on Thursday afternoon.
First half goals from Pat Jones and Myles Bright were enough for the Young Terriers as they rarely had to get out of second gear to earn the victory.
The game also saw the First Team’s Rolando Aarons bag his first minutes back in action as he continues his recovery.
The Young Terriers started the game brightly, as they smothered the early possession and pressed the Blades quickly to win the ball back if there was a turnover. The only threat to an opener in the first five minutes, though, was an Aarons cross that was headed to safety by Sai Sachdev at the back post.
The game’s first chance on goal came on nine minutes. Jones sprinted down the left and chipped the ball into the middle where Aarons misjudged his jump and flicked the ball high and behind him. However, it dropped for Brodie Spencer, whose first-time volley was held by Callum Hiddleston.
Hiddleston was then required again two minutes later, as he got down well to push a close-range effort from the trialist past his near post.
Moments later, the away side should have taken the lead, but Miguel Freckleton glanced a header wide from an in-swinging free-kick from Sydie Peck.
Town took a deserved lead on 20 minutes. From a move that started with Jacob Chapman, Ben Midgley played a smart pass inside to the on-rushing Jones, who opened his body and wrapped the ball into the far bottom corner.
Six minutes later, Bright doubled the host’s lead with a sumptuous curling shot from outside of the area that beat the ‘keeper as it nestled into the far corner.
However, the Blades almost pulled a goal back before the break when Jili Buyaba was hacked down just outside the area. Peck whipped the resulting free-kick around the wall and narrowly wide of the far post.
The second period was more evenly contested, as United saw more of the ball but it was still Town who controlled the tempo of the match, with Ernaldo Krasniqi and Midgley coming out on top in the midfield battle.
It took until just after the hour mark for a second half chance to arise. Thomas Angell managed to dispossess the substitute trialist just inside the area. The forward opened his body and tried to bend a close-range shot past Jacob Chapman, who guessed the right way to parry the effort wide of the target.
With a quarter to go, Town almost had a third. Jaheim Headley jinked inside before playing a sumptuous reverse through-ball into the path of Aaron Rowe, who carried the ball inwards from the left, but saw his shot be blocked by the feet of Hiddleston.
Rowe then had another opportunity on 87 minutes. After David Adewoju won a corner following his lung-busting run from deep, Connor Shanks and Rowe played a short corner between them that ended with the latter’s dinked attempt being caught by the ‘keeper as he back-peddled towards his line.
Shanks was then denied at the near post after being played inside by Krasniqi with a minute remaining.
The full-time whistle then sounded moments later to confirm a comfortable win in the sun at Canalside.
B Team Line-up (4-4-2)
Jacob Chapman; Brodie Spencer, David Adewoju, Loick Ayina (Trialist, 46’), Jaheim Headley; Rolando Aarons (Aaron Rowe, 46’), Etienne Camara (Ernaldo Krasniqi, 46’), Ben Midgley (Conor Falls, 76’), Pat Jones (Danny Grant, 46’); Trialist (Connor Shanks, 46’), Myles Bright.
Giosue Bellagambi; Donay O’Brien-Brady
Pat Jones (20’), Myles Bright (26’)