Town U18’s recovered from going a goal down to stroll to a 6-2 victory over Barnsley at Playford Road.
Braces from Sam Ford and Ben Morris, as well as individual strikes from Ross Meldrum and Albert Wilton, were enough to see off their Yorkshire based opponents.
The visitors did manage to put themselves in front with less than 10 minutes on the clock as Sam Hanna blasted into the net from the centre of the box after an Adam Lund throw-in had bobbled about in the box.
The Blues, however, didn’t have to wait long to level things up with Morris grabbing his first of the day, firing powerfully into the net after Tykes’ defender, Sam Otley’s tackle on Meldrum had fallen kindly for the striker.
That was how things finished in the first period, but the hosts came out in the second half looking rejuvenated by the words of the coaching staff, scoring twice within the first eight minutes after the restart. Morris and Meldrum linked up well with the latter slotting past Jack Walton to put Town in front before Ford notched his first of the afternoon, dinking the ball over the ‘keeper after being put through by Isaac Maynard.
Ford’s second was a carbon copy of his first, with Maynard robbing the ball in the midfield before slipping the striker in on goal, who duly chipped the ball home after creating the angle for himself with his first touch.
At this point the visitors looked dead and buried in this game, but a weaving run and bullet finish from Louis Wardle reduced the arrears with little over 20 minutes to play, but Town regained their three-goal advantage when substitute Albert Wilton ghosted into the area, impressively keeping his balance under pressure, before taking it past the goalkeeper and placing into the net.
An impressive performance was capped off ten minutes from time; a long ball from right-back, George Fowler evaded everybody in the Barnsley defence and Morris calmly knocked the ball home, ensuring the U18’s would go home with their biggest win of the season thus far.