By Steve Barras
This is the second instalment of We All Love Leeds’ feature on the ever moving conveyor belt at Thorp Arch. The end of the last instalment saw Leeds u18’s and our new Development squad both remain unbeaten, let’s see what September had in store for the young whites.
We will start with the Development Squad and a home tie against Premier League side Wigan Athletic following the win over Nottingham Forest. Leeds ran out 3-1 winners, trialist Peter Poloskei, Dominic Poleon and Zac Thompson were the scorers in a keenly contested match at Thorp Arch. Zac Thompson ran the midfield, Poleon and Poloskei battled away from the front whilst Paul Rachubka had a good game in between the sticks. Unfortunately during that game Ramon Nunez suffered an injury that is looking likely to sideline him for the foreseeable future.
Eleven days later Leeds travelled to Leicester City and the chance to play in The King Power Stadium, a real experience for some of our raw talent. Leeds lost the game 3-0, this Leicester side boasted experienced heads in their starting line up whilst the whites had a youthful look to their squad. With three regular Development Squad players with the first team and another two out on loan, Leeds played with a few first year scholars and young professionals. Ross Killock, Nathan Turner and Lewis Turner were singled out for special praise from Neil Redfearn, the Development Squad manager. He also said that despite the result the performance of our young players was very encouraging against very experienced opposition.
At the end of September the Development Squad had played 4, won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1, scoring 8 goals in the process and conceding 8.
Leeds Development vs Wigan Athletic.
Paul Rachubka, Nathan Turner, Patrick Kisnorbo, Ross Killock, Lewis Turner, Zac Thompson, Simon Lenighan, Ramon Nunez, Patrick Antelmi, Peter Poloskei, Dominic Poleon. SUBS. Dan Atkinson, Sean Myler, Charlie Clamp, Lewis Walters, Monty Gimpel.
Leeds Development vs Leicester City
Paul Rachubka, Nathan Turner, Ross Killock, Monty Gimpel, Lewis Turner, Charlie Clamp, Simon Lenighan, Sean Myler, Chris Dawson, Patrick Antelmi, Lewis Walters. SUBS. Alex Mowatt, Luke Parkin.
September started with an away win for the under 18’s, playing Premier League side Wigan Athletic two days before The Development Squad despatched the same opposition. The young whites ran out 4-3 winners on the day with the goals coming from Alex Mowatt and hat-trick hero Lewis Walters. That took Walters total to five goals in three games so far this season.
Next up for the under 18’s was a home tie against Leicester City and the young Leeds side maintained their excellent start to the season by beating the foxes 1-0, a Luke Parkin goal after 30 minutes decided the game, Leeds created a hat-full of chances and defended solidly for the 90 minutes.
Seven days later the youngsters were in action again this time against Birmingham City and Leeds continued their unbeaten start to the season by securing a hard fought 0-0 draw. A second consecutive clean sheet for Richard Naylor’s side and it could have been better had Luke Parkin not had a goal disallowed for offside.
A week later the under 18’s unbeaten run came to an end as Leeds fell 3-0 away at Barnsley. Despite dominating the entire match Leeds were punished for not converting their many chances and defensive errors cost the team the points. Following the defeat, under 18’s boss Naylor praised skipper Alex Mowatt for “Standing up and being counted when things weren’t going well.”
Leeds u18’s vs Wigan Athletic
Brad Dixon, Lewie Coyle, Smith Tiesse, Jake Skelton, Afalobi Coker, Alex Mowatt, Tyler Denton, Alex Purver, Chris Dawson, Lewis Walters, Luke Parkin. SUBS. Ali Amiri, Eoghan Stokes, Corey Roper.
Leeds u18’s vs Leicester City
Dan Atkinson, Lewie Coyle, Smith Tiesse, Afalobi Coker, Jake Skelton, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Tom Lyman, Alex Purver, Eoghan Stokes, Luke Parkin.
Leeds u18’s vs Birmingham City
Eric Grimes, Lewie Coyle, Smith Tiesse, Jake Skelton, Afalobi Coker, Alex Mowatt, Alex Purver, Lewis Cook, Chris Dawson, Luke Parkin, Lewis Walters. SUBS. Brad Dixon, Kalvin Phillips, Corey Roper, Luke Booker, Tom Lyman.
Leeds u18’s vs Barnsley
Dan Atkinson, Lewie Coyle, Smith Tiesse, Afalobi Coker, Jake Skelton, Alex Purver, Alex Mowatt, Chris Dawson, Lewis Cook, Luke Parkin, Lewis Walters. SUBS. Brad Dixon, Tom Lyman, Corey Roper, Luke Booker, Kalvin Phillips.
The future’s bright, the future’s white.