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Huddersfield Town U18
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Scunthorpe United U18
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Match Previews

Under-18s preview: Huddersfield Town (A)

5 March 2021

The Iron's Under-18s play their penultimate game of the Youth Alliance League this Saturday as they travel to their Huddersfield Town counterparts (11am kick-off).

Please note, in line with the current EFL COVID-19 guidelines, no spectators are permitted at these games.

SCENE-SETTER

United have played their last few home games at Doncaster Rovers' 4G facility next to the Keepmoat Stadium and have had to contend with windy conditions on each of their visits there.

Last time out, they were made to pay as they conceded five goals in 10 minutes against Grimsby Town, losing 7-2 with the Iron goals coming from Trialist B and Harry Lewis.

Prior to that, they had come from 1-0 down to register an emphatic home win over Burton Albion with Joey Dawson and Harrison Poulter both getting braces.

With two games left for United in the division this season, both of those come against the Terriers with the return fixture in just two weeks time.

Our opponents will have one eye on the Youth Alliance Cup as they progressed to the latest stage of the competition with a resounding 7-1 win over Walsall after they emerged from their Group Stage campaign unbeaten following a win over Fleetwood Town and a draw against Blackpool. They host Grimsby Town in the next round.

They've faired less favourably in the league, however, and currently sit ninth out of 10 with four wins and nine defeats in their 13 games to date. Their last league game was on February 20th when they lost 5-1 to league leaders Notts County.

United are still second in the table despite a recent slip up and can still mathematically win the league, but they'd be relying on both Notts County and Grimsby Town slipping up in their remaining games while they'd need maximum points from their two games against Huddersfield.

The Magpies strengthened their lead at the top as they inflicted Grimsby's second defeat of the season with a return leg to go, with the Mariners losing the game prior against Bradford City.

Scunthorpe are guaranteed a top three finish going into the merit league.

TEAM NEWS

United had three trialists last time out and a number of youngsters in the side with a few Under-15s and Under-16s players making the step-up as the Iron move towards the next wave of scholars coming through the academy.

Harry Baker remains out with a knee injury, while Ben Franklin returned as a 75th minute substitute following his recent lay-off. Alex Wilkinson is still out having missed much of the season.

Patrick Virgo, who came off against Burton a couple of weeks ago, also missed the game against the Mariners. Ben Crosher was back among the squad and came on for the final 35 minutes in the last match.

LAST TIME OUT (L2-7 v Grimsby Town - Youth Alliance League)

IRON: Balme (Crosher, 65), Trialist A (Franklin, 75), Kemp, Young, Lobley, Cribb (Trialist C, 45), Gallimore, Wilson, Lewis, Trialist B (Dawson, 45), Poulter (Strouther, 85).

LAST TIME OUT (NORTH EAST CONFERENCE)

Tuesday
Rotherham United 1-2 Burton Albion

Saturday
Mansfield Town 1-3 Rotherham United
Burton Albion 0-1 Lincoln City
Grimsby Town 0-1 Bradford City

Tuesday
Notts County 2-1 Grimsby Town

ELSEWHERE IN THE LEAGUE

Friday
Burton Albion v Bradford City (1pm)

Saturday
Doncaster Rovers v Notts County (11am)
Lincoln City v Mansfield Town (11am)
Grimsby Town v Rotherham United (11am)

LEAGUE TABLE

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Match Reports

Report: Huddersfield Town U18s 1-3 Iron U18s

8 March 2021

Joey Dawson added another two goals to his tally, while Dan Gallimore also notched a goal as the Iron won their penultimate game of the regular season away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday morning.

The side cemented second place in the Youth Alliance League going into their final game of the season in two weeks time when the Terriers visit the side in the reverse fixture.

It was a stronger line-up for the Iron than they'd been used to in recent weeks, with no trialists and only one Under-16 in the starting XI - Harrison Poulter - while only Finn Abraham on the bench was from the Under-15s.

Professional Phase Development Coach Steve Thornber said: "It was a really pleasing performance and we got back to winning ways against a very technically good Huddersfield Town side who keep the ball for fun.

"Overall, it was a really good three points and we kept a really good defensive shape against a side who probably had over 60% of the possession."

The Iron started the game the brighter and had their first chance after seven minutes when Harry Lewis shot wide of the target. Less than 60 seconds later, Lewis again fired wide following a dispossession and a swift counter-attack which almost resulted in the Iron taking the lead.

On 10 minutes, the home side had their first chance of the game, but their effort on goal went over the returning Ben Crosher's goal.

Four minutes later, Harrison Poulter slipped in Dawson who pulled the trigger but for a last ditch block from a defender. From the resultant corner, the Iron made the first contact, but the header went over the bar.

On 15 minutes, the Iron broke the deadlock, winning the ball back after pressing Huddersfield as they attempted to play the ball out from the back. Ben Franklin won possession before slotting through to Dawson who shot on the angle of the box, across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.

10 minutes later, Lewis was in the thick of things once more as he was brought down on the edge of the box for a free-kick. He got up to take the kick himself, whipping the ball over the wall, but straight at the Terriers goalkeeper for a comfortable save.

From there, Huddersfield had a few chances where they made space to go through on goal, but the Iron's defence were equal to the threat to nullify any potential danger.

United were always a threat on the counter-attack and had a couple of good chances as the half wore on, but weren't able to take one until the 34th minute when the side doubled their lead. Cam Wilson picked up the ball on the half way line before beating three Huddersfield players before cutting in from the left side. His shot from the edge of the box was well saved by the home shot stopper but Gallimore followed in to make it 2-0.

The Terriers fought for a goal to get them back in the game before half-time, and it came on the 41st minute when a cross from the left side was converted by the hosts at the far post.

Three minutes later, Crosher was needed to ensure Scunthorpe went in at the break ahead, as he blocked an effort shortly before the interval.

Huddersfield maintained their possession levels in the second half, but couldn't mount a clear cut attack as the Iron kept their good defensive shape, making some important blocks on the edge of the box.

On the hour mark, United re-established the two-goal advantage, once again winning the ball back before Dawson was threaded in on the edge of the box. He took one touch before cutting inside and curling the ball into the top corner of the net.

Ten minutes later, the Iron played a short corner to Dawson. He cut the ball back for Wilson who had a lot of the goal to aim at, but his effort went over the bar.

On 72 minutes, Oliver Lobley saw his effort tipped over by the goalkeeper while Ethan Young's header from the following corner brushed the top of the crossbar and went out of play for a goal kick.

With time running out, Wilson once again won the ball back and fed to Dawson, who was looking for another hat-trick. He drew the goalkeeper into a final smart save, but it was the Iron who went home with the points.

IRON: Crosher, Moore, Lobley, Kemp, Young, Gallimore, Franklin, Wilson, Poulter (Cribb, 54), Dawson, Lewis.

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Balme, Moore-Billam, Strouther, Abraham.

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