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David Longwell Post Huddersfield Town

2 October 2019

Town's U18s travelled to Huddersfield Town for the first game of this seasons EFL Central League Cup campaign.

In the end, it was a tough test for the Town youngsters against a strong Terriers side who ran out 5-1 winners.

ShrewsWeb spoke to Academy Manager David Longwell to get his thoughts on the game.

"It was always going to be a hard game with the difference in ages between the two teams. They had several first-team players playing as well as the U23s whereas we were mainly U18s with Luke McCormick and Ryan Barnett playing", said David.

"It was physically demanding for the boys, but these games are a good learning curve, and they will get a lot out of that game.

"We never conceded until after 30 minutes, and we sat slightly deeper early on, and we got a couple of good moments around their goal. Jamaine Turner had a really good chance and maybe should have opened the scoring, and if we get that first goal, it's something to hang onto.

"The only disappointment was that we lost a couple of soft goals before half-time. Second half we've tried to get into the game and had a couple of chances but only ended up with the one goal.

"I was very impressed with Huddersfield as they were a good team which passed the ball well and it was a really demanding game for our kids which will put them in good stead for the future."

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