U18s: Harriers finally through in Cup

Read up on a cracking night for our U18s

Casey Collins with his match ball after scoring three in the Cup win over Feckenham

CASEY Collins smashed in a first-half hat-trick to help Harriers finally banish Feckenham and progress through to the next round of the U18s County Cup.

The game has been a thorn in the side of Harriers for the last couple of months thanks to some freakish weather.

But, after five – yes, five – postponements and one abandonment, the game finally got played at the seventh attempt and, from a Harriers perspective, it was very much worth the wait.

The youngsters raced into a 5-0 lead in the first half to effectively kill the tie off with a half to spare, goals from Marcus Jones and Lewis Page sandwiching a fine hat-trick for starlet Collins, 16, who secured the match ball with three goals of his own.

John Barnes netted a penalty after the break to make it six before the visitors added some late consolation goals to leave a final score of 6-2.

Coach Scott Mason said: “We were superb in the first half especially and the young lads really got themselves back to how we had been playing earlier in the season.

“They did really well with and without the ball, so I’m really pleased for all of them to be in to the next round as it wasn’t easy for us to go out there having not played for so long.”

It was well and truly a team effort for Harriers on this occasion. Such was the desire to get the game on and played, other Harriers youth sides postponed their evening’s training on Monday to allow the match to be staged at Baxter College.

Mason added: “Everyone played a part and we’re really grateful from that. From Allison who kept everyone fed and supplied with hot drinks to Pete, our physio – we’ve really all pulled together.”

Congratulations to the U18s squad for the great result – at last!

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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