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NEO ECCLESTON REVIEWS B TEAM TRIP TO NORTHERN IRELAND

28 July 2022

Right back played in both games

- Neo Eccleston reflects on four-day pre-season trip
- B Team won games against Loughgall and Coleraine
- Young Terriers back in cation on Saturday 30 July 2022

Huddersfield Town B Team defender Neo Eccleston reviewed the Young Terriers’ four-day trip to Northern Ireland after making it two wins from two on Wednesday night against Coleraine.

Town’s youngsters were taken to a different environment away from the Millers Oils High Performance Complex, and they faced tough tests against Academy partner club Loughgall and Coleraine on Monday and Wednesday respectively, alongside light training and the travelling aspect to their journey.

Eccleston, who performed superbly over the two fixtures, says that it has been a positive trip to continue his development.

“The trip has been great!

“Going on to win both of our games too is a great feeling as a young squad.

“We have played against some strong opponents, and we have tested ourselves against a different style of play in Northern Ireland and it’s a style that we haven’t faced, so it is new to us.

“I find it tough at times playing against that physicality, but I feel that it is just a normal thing and it’s something I have to adapt to.

“I have always played against older people like back in London, so as a smaller player, you just have to adapt to bigger players taking you on.

“The long trips can be tiring and the travel to the game from the hotel was around two hours and then we got off the bus and went straight into the warm-up pretty much, but we did well to dig in and it is all a great learning experience.

“It is good to have these trips to take back when we get to Huddersfield and if you get picked for the First Team, then you have already played against bigger players and travelled as a squad, and it makes it easier.

“I now just want to keep playing my game and get more minutes under my belt when we get back and stay injury-free as much as possible.”

Eccleston assisted Town’s opener against Coleraine due to his aggressive high press to regain possession, which is something that B Team manager Jon Worthington has stressed to the squad over this short period.

The 18-year-old praised the way the team managed the game.

“As a team, the boys did well. We got the first goal and then tried to sit in and unfortunately, we did concede the goal, but we did well to fight back – especially with some changes and us needing to get the team back together – and get the goal to secure the win.

“It was about figuring out about how they play as they were an opposition that we have never played before – understanding how they play first and then settle in and try and beat them.

“They gained possession and I saw the defender not checking his shoulders and walking back with the ball, so I went to press, and he was caught sleeping and he failed to pass it back to the goalie and I have got it and passed it across for Conor Falls and it got us the opener.

“We know that the gaffer has given us a game plan and we have gone out and done it and shown that we understand it and can put it on show.”

The right back has also gained some experience in the First Team this pre-season, featuring in Town’s friendly against League Two side Harrogate Town.

Eccleston says it was a great sensation to feature for Danny Schofield’s side.

“That was a great experience to be able to come on and play against a good League Two side – it was a great feeling when I came on.

“Danny just ran us through the game plan and then said to go out and enjoy it – I felt proud to get that experience under my belt.”

The B Team are back in action on home turf on Saturday 30 July 2022, when they welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Millers Oils High Performance Complex for an 11.30am kick-off. Fans can attend for FREE!


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