By Steven Downes

Huddersfield Town’s Under 18s have been told they can push hard for senior opportunities in 2016.

Coach Tony Carss was delighted to finish the year with a 5-1 win over Bolton at PPG Canalside in the Development League 2 North, especially as it came in the aftermath of their 6-1 FA Youth Cup defeat by Chelsea.

That result aside, Carss feels the group have done well this year and – after issuing them with personal fitness plans to keep up over the short holiday break – he’s encouraging them to keep working hard to impress Under 21 boss Frankie Bunn and the club’s head coach David Wagner.

“From where this group of players have gone from in July to now is testament to them and all the coaching staff, in terms of their learning, the hard work and intensity, which is great,” said Carss.

Huddersfield Town u21 v Sheffield Wednesday at Canalside, Huddersfield - Regan Booty.

“I think it’s been a good year for the academy. Winning the Under 18s League was good, and getting players into professional contracts and moving up into the Under 21s was important.

“Things are looking good with the new manager coming in, and if you impress, keep working hard and improving, you can get an opportunity.”

Carss was thrilled with the victory against Bolton after the Youth Cup disappointment.

“I’m absolutely delighted with our performance, especially after last week (in the Youth Cup),” he explained.

“To recover physically and mentally and then put in a performance like that was terrific.”

The first half hour against Bolton wasn’t pretty, as both sides looked tentative and unwilling to open up, although Bolton had a goal disallowed on 27 minutes for offside

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However, just five minutes later, Town took the lead through Cedwyn Scott, the first of his hat trick in an impressive performance in which he tormented Bolton’s back line.

Captain Jamie Spencer doubled Town’s lead after 36 minutes – calmly slotting the ball home in a goalmouth scramble – and just before the break Scott scored his second of the game, after a nice flowing move and cross from Lewis O’Brien.

Scott rounded off a great personal performance by securing his hat trick on 54 minutes from the penalty spot, after he had been fouled.

Town’s fifth goal came in the 59th minute when Jack Boyle hit a crisp shot which struck a post before being adjudged to have crossed the line.

Bolton did score a consolation on 71 when Alexander Samizedeh sent a powerful header past Town keeper Owen Brooke. Samizedeh was sent off a minute later, however, after an altercation with the keeper.

Commenting on hat-trick striker Scott, Carss said: “He’s done well has Cedwyn, he’s worked really hard and improved his understanding of the game. He gave us a platform to play from.”