A BRILLIANT second-half fightback from the Young Brewers secured an impressive 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the EFL Youth Alliance.
Goals from substitutes Tom Armitage and Kyle Clamp, along with one from a trialist, settled the game after Huddersfield had taken an early lead at St. George’s Park.
Within three minutes of kicking the game off, Albion were behind. Huddersfield broke down the left and cut the ball back across the box for a simple finish and a good start for the hosts.
In a half of few chances, either side still could have scored more. First, Manny Shittu skipped away from two Huddersfield defenders and found Tom Hewlett in the box, but the forward fired over.
Then, Oliver Fairbrother was forced into a stunning double save after Huddersfield again found space on the left. The first shot was a low effort which the goalkeeper tipped away, before reacting quickly to block the rebound.
The second-half almost saw Huddersfield score another early goal. The Young Brewers lost the ball in a dangerous area but Fairbrother was able to once again deny the visitors.
Albion were able to gain more control of the game in the second-half and drew level with just over 15 minutes of the game to play. Trialist, introduced at half-time, got free down the right and teed up fellow substitute Tom Armitage at the back post to score with his first touch of the game.
A minute later, the game was turned on its head. Trialist got in behind the defence and slotted the ball home with the goalkeeper rushing towards him.
The game was put out of sight with 12 minutes to play, when Ethan Vale’s free-kick found Clamp in the box. The forward was able to guide the ball beyond the Huddersfield goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Albion could have scored even more, with Armitage forcing a good save, while Kyle Clamp also had a header blocked.
Tyo Carter and Armitage also created openings with powerful runs at the defence, but nothing came of them and the game ended 3-1.