Huddersfield Town Juniors tackle Coventry City on Saturday and boss Tony Carss is predicting a tough test, writes Steven Downes.
His charges will head to the West Midlands fifth in Professional Development League II North after a 4-3 win over Barnsley at PPG Canalside.
Coventry are seventh and made the fifth round of this season’s FA Youth Cup, holding Arsenal 2-2 after extra time before losing on penalties.
“Coventry are always a good side to play, it will be tough there and they’ve had a good run in the Youth Cup,” said lead professional development coach Carss.
“They are coached well and try to play football in the right way, and it will be a good challenge for us.
“They move it quickly and have a good desire to get on the ball, and they have got quality on it as well so it should be a good match-up.
“We have to work hard in training and then take all the positives from the Barnsley game and look to build on them.”
Carss was pleased with the overall display against Barnsley, adding: “The first half was a bit scrappy, which wasn’t helped by the poor conditions.
“We had to move and work the ball quicker and show a little bit more intent with it.”
Town took the lead through captain for the day Jack Boyle.
At the heart of an attacking midfield, he can pop up with a goal of any kind, and curled this one in off the underside of the bar in the seventh minute.
But the home side were then pegged back by an unbelievable 30-yard thunderbolt by Sam Otley just before half-time.
The second half was more exciting, and Rekeil Pyke’s double made Town’s lead more comfortable.
The first was a neat move from Town, with Pyke tapping the ball home. The second was a bullet header which left the net shaking.
Town’s fourth came soon after when Pyke was replaced by Aussie Adam Edgar, who managed to stretch his left boot onto a well-timed cross.
However Town slackened off in the last 15 minutes, and Barnsley took advantage when Wade Maxwell and Mo Saeed were presented with easy enough chances.
A nervy last few minutes ensued but Town stayed cool enough to get the three points.
Town (4-2-3-1): Owen Brooke; Harry Clibbens, Dylan Cogill (Mason O’Malley, HT), Jordan Williams, Sam Gibson; Alfie Raw (Dominic Tear, 57), Sam Warde; Luca Colville, Jack Boyle, Lewis O’Brien; Rekeil Pyke (Adam Edgar, 64).
Sub not used: Ryan Schofield.