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Matt Rains On Youth Win Over Burnley

15 August 2015

Under-18s Coach Pleased With Youth Team's Progression

"It's a massive lift for everyone and for Jordan himself," said Rains.

"He's worked extremely hard with his rehab and taking everything on board and it's good to have him back on the pitch."

And with striker Jordan Wilson scoring a penalty on his  return from injury, Rains feels the second-year's return has given the team a boost.

"We reduced them to three chances, two where Harry has made good saves and kept us in the game," said Rains.

"The response from us when they scored was excellent. We didn't change the way we played and we stayed in control of the game."

Despite not keeping a clean sheet on the day, Rains was pleased with how the Under-18s reacted when Burnley halved the deficit to 2-1 through Josh Dolling.

"He didn't score during pre-season and then the season has started and he's bagged four already," said Rains.

"It's not just his goals it's about his hustling and bustling and he drives with the ball really well."

And Rains believes there is more to his game than just goals.

Striker Ethan Jones grabbed Town's first of the game and his fourth of the season following a hat-trick at Morecambe the week before.

"We're delighted for the boys more than anyone," said Rains.

"We couldn't have asked for a better start throughout pre-season. We've been good and the lads have continued that into the season with no fear.

"We've dominated both of the league games that we've played.

"We drew with Burnley away and lost to them at home last season so we thought it would be a good measure of how far we've come.

"Man for man and for the duration of the game we were much the better side so it was very pleasing."

And Rains is pleased to see the youth team pick up two wins from their opening two games.

Shrewsbury were beaten in the same fixture last season but this time turned the table on the Clarets.

Goals from Ethan Jones, John McAtee and a penalty from Jordan Wilson secured three points for Town's under-18s in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league fixture at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Professional development phase coach Matt Rains believes Shrewsbury Town's youth team's 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday is a measure of how far they've come.

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