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5 July 2022



5 July 2022

Right back comments on pre-season draw against Scunthorpe United

- Right back reflects on 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United
- Eccleston happy with the result
- Playing with trialist’s and understanding each other play

Huddersfield Town B Team defender Neo Eccleston was happy with the Young Terriers’ 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

With a goal and penalty coming from trialist Joel Mumbongo, Town’s youngsters remain unbeaten in pre-season so far.

It was an experimental Jon Worthington side, made up of younger players and five trialists, due to a number of regular B Team players training with Carlos Corberán’s First Team, but they stood up well to several well-known names in their opposition, including ex-Bournemouth midfielder Liam Feeney, Kgosi Ntlhe and an experienced centre back pairing of Andrew Boyce and George Taft.

Speaking to post-match, Eccleston explained what the team’s approach towards the game against Scunthorpe United entailed.

"We had a lot of trialists for this game, which meant that our main focus was on really understanding how each other plays, helping one another, and winning battles.

"We’re not used to playing with each other, but you can’t let that show on the pitch."

When reflecting on the game, the 18-year-old highlighted the fact that although they always set out to win, to draw against a far more experienced side is something to be proud of!

"I think it went quite well, like I said earlier, there were a lot of changes within the team.

"We were playing against fully grown men, and so to get a draw, we’ve done quite well! I think a lot of that was down to us being able to outplay them technically.

"It’s only the second game of pre-season, and a lot of our players already have really good fitness levels, which means we can run to each other and still help each other, but also be able to show each other how to play and adapt to play whenever we need to.

"Obviously, we always really want to win, but to play against Scunthorpe’s First Team, who were big and aggressive lads, I’m really happy to come away with a draw."

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