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Report: Development Squad settle for draw against Huddersfield Town

26 August 2021

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Fleetwood Town’s Development Squad had to settle for a point in their Central League opener against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday afternoon, which finished 2-2 at Poolfoot Farm.

Stephen Crainey’s side had the first chance of the game as the ball was nicked away from Jon Russell in the centre of the pitch before a Fleetwood forward tried his luck from range and forced a save out of Nicholas Bilokapic.

Another chance soon followed for the Cods as an error from the away side allowed Town to run towards goals, but only hit the strike into the outside of the side netting from an acute angle.

The Terriers then took the lead as Connor Shanks drove into the Fleetwood box and hit the post with his effort but kept his cool as he managed to pass off the rebound to Brahima Diarra, who converted from close range.

Fleetwood piled the pressure on until the end of the half, and this continued into the start of the second half as less than a minute after the restart, when the Huddersfield backline were forced into their own box, before hitting it home.

Town then took the lead in the 54th minute as a foul from Diarra 25-yards from home saw the home side have a free-kick in good range. Barry Baggley stepped up and expertly placed it into the back of the net, making the score 2-1 to the Cods.

The game could have been finished off before the end with multiple chances being created from different angles, but it was Huddersfield who managed to score the next goal, meaning the points would be shared at Fleetwood’s training ground.

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