Defeat for young Town side
- Huddersfield Town U19s defeated at Glossop
- Two late second half goals the difference
- Young Terriers back in action on Tuesday 26 July
A youthful Huddersfield Town U19 side were beaten 2-0 by Glossop North End at the Amdec Forklift Stadium in their first 2022/23 pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon.
With the majority of the squad aged between 16-18, Town’s Individual Coach Michael Tonge took on an on field coaching role to guide the Young Terriers through the contest, playing the first hour.
The hosts, who compete in the Northern Premier League Division One East, started strongly and maintained early pressure on Town’s goal.
Sam Taylor produced three low saves with his legs and midriff before the 20th minute, all of which fell one-on-one with a Glossop attacker.
After a drinks break midway through the first half, Town started to gain more of a foothold, forcing their opponents back with striving runs forward from the likes of left back Michael Parker.
However, Glossop finished the first half strongly and flashed two chances narrowly wide of the post in the final five minutes.
The second half started in a similar fashion, the hosts enjoying much of the ball without creating a plethora of clear-cut chances.
Taylor was on hand to acrobatically tip a long-range strike onto the bar and behind for a corner before Town’s defence managed to clear the ball to safety following a goalmouth scramble.
Coach George Danaher made a number of substitutes on the hour, with building match fitness a key aim of this fixture.
Francis Hurl, Hakeem Sandah, Joseph Johnson and Callum Jackson all came on and injected energy into Town’s play, with Jackson doing particularly well at right-back under sustained pressure.
However, Glossop eventually broke the deadlock with 66 minutes on the clock. The hosts’ number 10 got in front of his man to flick a near-pot header into the bottom left corner.
It was 2-0 with 10 minutes to play when Glossop’s no.11 took aim from outside of the area and the ball beat substitute ‘keeper Hurl off a tricky surface.
The Young Terriers didn’t give in and looked to push forward until the last minute, but were unable to find a goal to take back to West Yorkshire.
The U19s’ next pre-season fixture is against Preston North End on Saturday 23 July, with the action kicking off at 11am at our Millers Oils High Performance Complex.
U19 Line-Up (4-4-2)
Sam Taylor (Francis Hurl, 60’); Michael Parker, Freddie Fletcher, Archie Sheppard (Ajay Weston, 60'), Dylan Helliwell; Fopefoluwa Deru (Callum Jackson, 60’), Daniel Vost (Omari Mrisho, 60'), Michael Tonge (c) (Temi Okuwa, 60’), Haseem Bakre; Tom Iorpenda (Hakeem Sandah, 60’), Michael Ailemen (Aaron Ojungu, 60')