ACADEMY Manager Dan Robinson says that the test of playing against League One calibre players was great experience for the Young Brewers that featured in the Central League Cup against Shrewsbury earlier this week.
First year scholars Tom Hewlett and Tom Armitage started the game alongside senior players such as Ben Turner and Damien McCrory, as well as Academy graduates Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra, Callum Hawkins and Marcus Harness.
Fellow Young Brewers Rueben Lal, Kyle Clamp and Regan Ganley were also on the bench at Montgomery Waters Meadow as Albion’s reserve side was beaten 4-3, despite a brace from Harness.
Robinson was pleased to see the Academy players have the chance to face more experienced players as it helps the scholars to get a taste of playing men’s football.
He said: “They appreciate the tempo that they have to play at and the physicality of the game. They get all of the experience of playing at the next level up. Our first year scholar centre forward, Tom Hewlett, played against two League One centre backs, what an unbelievable experience for him. Tom Armitage, a first year scholar, has played against League One wide players at Shrewsbury’s stadium, in a proper match.
“It is a great all-round experience for the boys and another opportunity for us to get another game under our belts heading into a busy Christmas period.”