David Longwell reflects on Town's U18's win over Tranmere Rovers in the Youth Alliance Cup.
Shrewsbury Town's under-18’s continued their positive start to the season with a win over Tranmere Rovers in the Youth Alliance Cup.
Charlie Caton and Liam Thomas were the pair on hand who notched the goals for Salop in the tie.
Town Academy Manager David Longwell was pleased with the under-18’s results and feels the young lads are progressing well.
On the fixture:
“It was a tough game for the lads dealing with the conditions. There was crazy wind and it did affect the game. It was a game of two contrasting halves. We got the two-goal lead and did well in patches. We created chances and overall it was a good result.
“Charlie and Liam started quite well and they finished their chances well. Liam also got the assist for Charlie. Charlie is still trying to get match fitness as he’s missed quite a lot of football.
“It was a good finish from Liam. The two goals were really good but we probably should have had a third with the chances we created. In the second half, the game did turn on its head.
“Tranmere were good. They work really hard and they were very competitive. They made it really difficult for us so it was a good learning curve. We defended well but they got fortunate with their goal. Our keeper made some good saves in the game which is positive from his point of view. We managed to see the game out to earn the win."
On FA Youth Cup action against Walsall:
“Hopefully that game will go ahead on Wednesday. Both teams are very evenly matched and it will be a good game. We have a similar league record. It will be a tight game and hopefully we come out the other end.
“They have good players and they work very hard as a team. It will be tough but a great opportunity for the lads to play in the stadium.”