PNE Youth Team: 2020/21 season

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looks a fairly inexperienced team - presumably playing @ Myerscough in the open fields - cant wait to see if any of the new names are any good .....very young defence might be tested today.

I‘ve been trying to find some information on Jacob Holland-Wilkinson’s move to Kendall FC but it seems to be in small supply. Have you any knowledge on it? It seems an early loan imo, and could this be due to his potential? I was hoping to see how he and Rodwell-Grant got on together this season.
 

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I‘ve been trying to find some information on Jacob Holland-Wilkinson’s move to Kendall FC but it seems to be in small supply. Have you any knowledge on it? It seems an early loan imo, and could this be due to his potential? I was hoping to see how he and Rodwell-Grant got on together this season.
Same as you, I knew nothing until someone mentioned it on another thread.....

I know he started in the Lancs senior cup game against Rovers in Feb and looked well out of it - subbed after about 20 mins...
I HOPE it means they think he needs to 'toughen up' because he has pace and can finish.....

As for the ex Rovers link then I'm not sure about that.

I know it was either Rodwell Grants Dad who recommended him to PNE, when he signed for us as a school boy (or its was the other way round but i'm 80% sure it was by this recommendation). Some of these have played together for a few years now, such as Rodwell- Grant and Mickey ONeill as 12 y.o.s etc.... Not aware that any (other than Dooley) was ex Rovers.
 

sports rehab

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Having seen this fixture for the previous few seasons Blackpool are usually a strong team (sorry) and so this result either means we have a great bunch of 1st years OR BFC have lost all their better players ?

Maybe a poster with family connections might give us a clue ???
 

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Having seen this fixture for the previous few seasons Blackpool are usually a strong team (sorry) and so this result either means we have a great bunch of 1st years OR BFC have lost all their better players ?

Maybe a poster with family connections might give us a clue ???
They have lost several very good players like Cam Antwi who’s playing in the first team now, they also sold Tony Weston to Rangers for a hefty sum and he quality.

The keeper that played today was brought in after being released from Everton and has started every game so far, conceded 13 goals in 3 games.

I haven’t watched them this season but I think they are significantly weaker than last season from what I’ve been told.
 

sports rehab

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They have lost several very good players like Cam Antwi who’s playing in the first team now, they also sold Tony Weston to Rangers for a hefty sum and he quality.

The keeper that played today was brought in after being released from Everton and has started every game so far, conceded 13 goals in 3 games.

I haven’t watched them this season but I think they are significantly weaker than last season from what I’ve been told.
seems unfair on the other keeper...

maybe both squads are rebuilding...... or we've got some unseen talent coming through.
 
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Blackpool U18 0 PNE U18 6
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Preston North End U18s produced a stellar performance to run out emphatic 6-0 winners over local rivals Blackpool in the North West Youth Alliance league.
The Lilywhites were two to the good before the break thanks to a pair of Joe-Rodwell Grant penalties, a lead that was doubled within five minutes of the restart with Noah Mawene volleying home and Rodwell-Grant completing his hat-trick.
Midfielder Ben Dooley added a fifth with ten minutes to go before a late Blackpool own goal make it six and wrapped up a massive derby day win.
Academy manager Nick Harrison made two changes from last week’s league opener against Carlisle, bringing in Josh Seary and Jacob Slater for Vaughn Green and Levi Lewis, whilst Lewis Leigh moved into the midfield.
It was a scrappy start to the game with fouls aplenty and both sides fighting hard to gain a foothold.
The key foul however came in the 15th minute when skipper Rodwell-Grant was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. The striker powered the ball straight down the middle past Alec McLachlan in the Blackpool net who dived to his right, opening the scoring.
The home team responded well to going behind with Luke Mariette shooting wide from range and Prince Yelegon hitting the target with his edge of the box shot after some good work to hold off Harry Huddart.
At the other end, Rodwell-Grant had a great chance just before the half hour mark when he was played through on goal, but his chipped effort curved wide of the right post.
Decyln Duggan pulled off a crucial save with a minute of the first half left to deny Mariette, who seemed certain to score but could only find the PNE ‘keeper with his powerful volley.
It was into added time when North End won their second penalty of the game as Leigh was tackled late after he had broken clear down the left.
Rodwell-Grant this time went low to the left and McLachlan guessed correctly but couldn’t stop the striker from giving his side a two-nil half-time lead.
North End started the second half as they finished the first, working the ball well down the left before it fell nicely to Mawene, who’s volley flew into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0.
It was soon four after another positive move on the left flank resulted in Dooley cutting it back for Rodwell-Grant, who slotted the ball into the same corner that Mawene had just a minute before.
The hat-trick hero showed great strength to hold off a Blackpool defender when Harry Nevin played a through ball over the top, but the striker couldn’t quite bring it under his control and was then replaced by Green for the final 20.

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McLachlan made a solid stop to prevent Leigh’s left-footed effort, but he was helpless a few minutes later when Leigh’s interception found Dooley with loads of time to round the Blackpool ‘keeper and make it 5-0.
North End were made to work for their clean sheet with Blanchard on hand to clear Jak Wood’s curling left-footed shot off the line.
The centre back and his fellow defenders could then only watch as Rob Apter’s strike from inside the box struck the left post a minute later.
Two further changes were made by PNE when Kyi Nicholson and Teddy Mfuni came on for the final five minutes in place of Seary and Slater.
The sixth and final goal then came in the 88th minute when a back pass deceived McLachlan and ended up in the back of the net.
Nick Harrison was elated at the full-time whistle after seeing his young side deliver what would certainly have been a dream scenario heading into the game.
“It was an excellent performance and a great result in terms of playing our local rivals,” said Nick. “The players need to take all the credit.
“For the first 15-20 minutes they really had to do the ugly side of the game first and win their battles and put their body on the line, so I thought we did that really well.
“As much as scoring six goals might be the headline, I’m pleased with the way the players worked and competed for each other to try to get the ball back in order for us to score the goals.”
A second successive clean sheet was also a positive factor for the Academy manager.
“We’ve kept two clean sheets in the two league games we’ve played after what was a difficult pre-season coming up against some big clubs and conceding a number of goals, so in terms of that process, it’s certainly worked.
“The players have worked hard on defending and protecting the goal and I thought they did that really well again.
“It’s a really young back four and a first year goalkeeper, so it’s really pleasing that we’ve managed to do that in a game again and long may that continue in the games coming up.”
Speaking on Rodwell-Grant, Nick added: “He’s a player that’s really matured, which we often see when players come back after the summer, and when they do their performances improve and that’s certainly true with Joe.
“He’s worked hard, he’s put his body on the line, he’s worked for the team and he’s got his reward with the three goals today.
“That’s something we expected from Joe, we hoped that it might have come in his first year, it didn’t but he’s worked hard over the break and we’re delighted with the way that he’s come back for this season.”
PNE line-up: Duggan; Seary (Nicholson, 86) Nevin, Blanchard, Slater (Mfuni, 86); Huddart, Dooley; Mawene, Leigh, Bennett; Rodwell-Grant (Green, 70).
Subs not used: Pedley, O'Neil.
Referee: Mr R Denton.
 

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Nothing would make me happier than to see Noah get himself into our first team in a few years and then rock up to his first game with a Youl-esque afro
 

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That's a great photo of the disconsolate blackpool defender.

Like other posters, I'd been surprised at the absence of second-year scholars from the U18 team. I couldn't find any club article which announced JHW's loan to Kendal Town. They generally call it work experience.

Playing alongside Ngongo now.

Sports: yes it was Rodwell-Grant's dad who recommended JHW.
 

sports rehab

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The kids to the left of Harry Huddart (4) in the pic looks very young.....presume an U16 playing up ?

I had forgot that Chris Humphreys was now Kendal manager (and Grayson doing some coaching to help out) and so we probably have some arrangement with him for Jacob to play games to help him develop (as well as us helping Chris),
 

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Nothing would make me happier than to see Noah get himself into our first team in a few years and then rock up to his first game with a Youl-esque afro
make you wonder why, if PNE youth coaches are as bad as some 'itk' posters suggest, and if our youth policy in general is so poor, why Youl would send his son to us when he could have got him in at Fleetwood ??? or Salford!!
 

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make you wonder why, if PNE youth coaches are as bad as some 'itk' posters suggest, and if our youth policy in general is so poor, why Youl would send his son to us when he could have got him in at Fleetwood ??? or Salford!!
Maybe they didn't offer him a deal... 😇

It's undeniable that a Championship club with a yawning great developmental gap between U18 and the first team has a "poor" youth policy in general. Hard to see how else it could be described.

Who are these "'itk' posters" you're referring to?
 
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Is Rodwell-Grant a proper prospect? looks a pretty big guy for his age.

Personally, I prefer Holland-Wilkinson who we’ve sent out on loan to Kendall which is a bit of a shame really as I thought the 2 of them would have formed a good strike pairing this season.
 
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