Swindon Town U18s were victorious in their Youth Alliance League Cup game against Gillingham U18s last Saturday, after goals from Miles Obodo and Joel McGregor secured a 2-0 win.
Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Sean Wood described the victory as "brilliant", as he and his U18s looked to build on their positive start to the season:
He said: “We defended excellently as a team and scored at good times in the game, which is great for their development as players.
“On top of that, I was delighted to come away with a clean sheet against a decent Gillingham team.
Wood wasn’t just impressed with the performance, but also the dedication and commitment from his side:
“Really proud of the boys, as it was a long drive and early start in the morning and to come away progressing into the next round of the cup with a clean sheet was brilliant for everyone.
“Our group of young players are strong and the depth within the U16/18 is competitive, and this will only help improve confidence and will also help continue our momentum.
“Even with four players unavailable and Josh Keyes in with the first team, which in itself is a positive point of where we are as an academy, we managed to show solidarity.”
With every team comes a different approach and against a strong Gillingham side Wood talked about his tactical greatness to get it over the line:
“Today we had to win in a different way to our recent games.
‘Arguably could have passed the ball better and controlled the game like we would want to.
“However, today we had more spells where we had to be resilient as a group to defend the goal well and this type of determination comes from togetherness off the pitch.
“We talk about celebrating defending as well as goal scorers and today there were lots of key moments where we showed real desire to protect our goal.”
A brilliant performance from the U18s who will take that confidence into their next game, with a number of the players looking ahead to next Tuesday's Floodlit Cup game against Oxford at Melksham at 6:30pm, with their next league fixture away to Forest Green Rovers U18s on September 23.