Huddersfield Town Under 21s overcame dreadful first half conditions to sign off for Christmas with their 12th win on the spin, beating Barnsley 3-2 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Danny Kane grabbed a scruffy winner, eventually scrambling the ball home from around a yard out after Barnsley had found a pair of equalisers, and the visitors made the boys in blue and white stripes work hard for the three points they did, in the end, deserve.

The young Terriers claimed Christmas No1 spot in the Professional Development League 2 after an outstanding run at this level, including beating category one side Middlesbrough in the Premier League Cup earlier this month.

Heavy rain and swirling winds greeted Frankie Bunn’s charges and it had a big effect on the game, which turned scrappy at times in the opening 45 minutes, and played a part in the opener – the wind helping to carry Jack Senior’s lofted ball inside the far stick on 22 minutes.

Huddersfield Town U21 v Barnsley U21 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.

However, Barnsley were quick to respond, with George Maris’s free kick just three minutes late curling over the wall and leaving Lloyd Allinson no chance.

Town seemed to settle into the conditions more quickly and the visiting keeper had already made an impressive reaction stop from Flo Bojaj before the striker restored the lead with a powerful header from Regan Booty’s corner.

The home side deserved their lead at the break but had a couple of lucky escapes after, when Barnsley were denied by a post before shooting inches wide.

Danny Kane should have made it three earlier than he did when following up a free-kick mid-way through the second period, but he could only volley wide.

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And Town were made to pay when Barnsley substitute Callum Chippendale headed home with 15 minutes to play after Allinson had spilled a cross.

But it wasn’t long before the Barnsley stopper returned the favour by dropping the ball at the feet of Kane, who this time (just about!) did the rest.

As has become his habit, coach Bunn fielded a young team with no over-age players, even though the likes of Philip Billing and Elliott Ward are returning from injury lay-offs.

It was a spirited display by the Terriers, however, who showed the required tenacity and character to see it through.