A very young Huddersfield Town u21 side were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in South Yorkshire on Tuesday, with a single second half goal from a set piece proving enough for the Owls to take three points.
Without many regulars due to injuries, international call-ups and loans, Frankie Bunn’s side were boosted by four u18 players and trialists from Liverpool and Everton.
Keeper Andy Firth, on the books at Anfield, started in goal and saved a penalty but was unable to keep Wednesday’s Kevin Wright from scoring from the resulting corner.
Everton left back Spencer Myers made his first start for the u21s after playing two games for Town’s u18 side.
Lewis O’Brien tested the Owls keeper while Danny Kane will have been disappointed to put Town’s best chance of the first half wide of the target.
However, just after the break Wednesday earned a penalty when a combination of O’Brien and Town’s 16-year-old Jordan Williams, making his u21 debut, were adjudged to have brought a player down inside the box.
Firth pulled off a wonderful save from George Hirst’s spot kick, but Wright was able to prod the ball home from close range after Town failed to clear the corner that followed.
Jack Boyle drew an excellent stop with a beautifully-worked free kick while George Hirst hit the post for the hosts, but neither side could add to the scoring before the final whistle.
Town: Firth; Myers (Charlton, 75), Horsfall, Wilkinson (c), Williams; Booty, Kane (Spencer, 66); Senior, Coughlan (J Boyle, 57), O’Brien; Pyke