By Steven Downes
Huddersfield Town Under 18s chalked up a seventh win in eight games to maintain their push for another Professional Development League II play-off appearance.
With lead coach Tony Carss still on his month’s secondment to the first team, Leigh Bromby presided over the 5-2 win against Bristol City at PPG Canalside.
While Nottingham Forest are clear at the top of the PDL II North section, Town are third, two points behind Sheffield United with a game in hand.
They visit Watford on Saturday (10.30), and Bromby is expecting a tough test from the South section’s second-placed side, explaining: “Watford are higher up their table than Bristol City, so that’s an indication they will be stronger.
“I had a spell there as a player and always thought they had a fantastic academy which produced some great footballers.”
Town have seven regular-season fixtures remaining, including a home clash with Sheffield United, as they seek the top-two spot which would seal play-off qualification.
They fielded a young side against Bristol and included two trialists, left-back Spencer Myers from Everton and striker Javaan Campbell from Arsenal.
Campbell made his mark early on, finishing coolly from Olly Dyson’s pin-point cross.
The game then swung in Bristol’s favour as Jake Andrews equalised by sliding the ball past Town keeper Ryan Schofield, then took advantage of a defensive mix-up to put his side ahead.
Myers, who impressed with his surging runs, levelled before the break with a clever finish from Cedwyn Scott’s knockdown.
After a rocky first 45 minutes, Bromby’s charge took control,
Captain Jack Boyle put them ahead with a wonderful shot, Sam Warde netted with a fabulous lob and Scott rounded off the scoring.
Irish midfielder Warde was instrumental to this win.
And Bromby said: “Sam’s done well. We’ve given him a new contract and he’s learning all the time, which is great to see.
“He’s come from grass-roots football and he’s doing very well.
“Now he needs to kick on and hopefully get into the Under 21s.”
Bromby added: “We had a young team out.
“There were some outstanding performances and the lads did
“I think the club are doing some fantastic things here.
“We are well set up all the way through and hopefully the
supporters will see more academy players coming through very soon.”<p/>