Coach Tony Carss was pleased with the way his Huddersfield Town Under 18 team responded to a sluggish first-half display to clinch a 5-2 win over Colchester United.
The PPG Canalside clash was Town’s second of the season in the Professional Development League II and featured a Cedwyn Scott hat trick.
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Olly Dyson and Dominic Tear also scored for Carss’ side, who drew 2-2 at Bristol City in their first game.
“I was disappointed with the first half,” said Carss, even though Town took a 29th-minute lead with Scott’s opener.
“I thought we were sloppy, made too many mistakes and our decision making was off.
“We have worked a lot on our defensive line, pressing the opposition and then dropping off. I was pleased with that.
“There were some good moments in the game but not enough.
“I didn’t think we competed enough in the first half. They are quite a physical side and we just didn’t handle it well.”
Carss continued: “We mentioned a few things at half-time, then in the second half we started to have that bit more intensity and moved the ball quicker.
“People started to be more intelligent on the ball, which we demand from the players.”
The second period was a real goal-fest.
Scott netted again on 61 minutes and secured his hat-trick in the 78th, after Tear curled in a wonderful effort and Dyson scored from a well-worked corner.
“We scored some great goals, which came from our counter-attacking game,” added Carss.
“With the way we play we expect to create chances and Cedwyn is putting them away at the moment, which is great to see.
“But we were disappointed in the goals we conceded (Colchester pulled Town’s lead back to 2-1 before scoring a late consolation) and must do better in those situations.”
The fitness levels of Town’s senior players has been noted, and Carss says the youngsters have also been working hard in training.
“They have to work hard if they want to be noticed by the manager,” he said.
Town go to Sheffield United on Saturday (11.00), with another tough game expected.
“We will work hard this week and look at the players individually and see what we can do to improve them,” explained Carss.
“We will have a gameplan for Sheffield United.
“They were very strong last season. They can be quite physical, but they play good football as well.”
Town (4-2- 3-1): Ryan Schofield; Harry Clibbens, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Ben Jackson, Callum Elliott (Alfie Raw, 55mins);
Isaac Marriott, Olly Dyson; Luca Colvile, Denilson Carvalho (Geriant Evans, 77), Dom Tear; Cedwyn Scott (George Danaher, 83).
Subs not used: Owen Brooke, Oran Thompson.