An improved second half display from the reserves on Wednesday saw
them deservedly take a point from their third Premier League Cup
group stage tie.
Trailing to a penalty conversion, United rallied and
levelled within five minutes of the restart when Jay Turner-Cooke's
shot was deflected in.
However they were unable to find the winning goal that would have
taken them above Town into pole position, with three of
their six games played.
And it also left The Magpies second string winless in their last
five league and cup outings - and recently-appointed coach Elliott
Dickman still searching for his first victory since defecting from
Billing themselves as a "B" team and not playing in any league, the
visitors enter cup competitions and fill up their fixture list with regular friendlies.
That unorthodox approach doesn't seem to have done them any harm;
Town arriving with a 100% record after two fixtures in
And they were deservedly ahead at half time, having hassled the
Magpies in midfield and tried to get behind both full backs with
some degree of success.
Ben Midgley was upended by Harry Barclay in the box just before the
half hour; the 17 year-old defender booked for the foul on his U23
United's Dan Langley guessed correctly and leapt to his left, but
couldn't keep out Kian Harratt's penalty kick.
With only a wayward Joe White volley to show for their efforts in
the first half, a revitalised home side quickly made amends after
Town custodian Ryan Schofield denied Kyle Crossley from close range
but the loose ball ended up at the feet of Turner-Cooke, who fired
in at the back post via a deflection off defender Loick Ayina on 50
Dylan Stephenson looked to have put United ahead eight
minutes later; touching Crossley's header goalwards - only for
Schofield to acrobatically block.
That proved to be the best chance of a winner for the hosts, who
failed to press home their advantage even when injury saw
Huddersfield bring on their reserve goalkeeper in the closing
And Langley had to be on his toes in the 89th minute to tip over a
rising effort from Town scorer Harratt.
United's upturn was partly due to Jack Young's industry - the 21
year-old central midfielder the elder statesman in a side comprising
of three 17 year-olds, one 18 year-old, four 19 year-olds and a pair
of 20 year-olds.
Top scorer Stephenson struggled for service and 17 year-old
Michael Ndiweni had no opportunity to continue his scoring run when
Next up in this competition is another home tie next month, against