Sam Dalby bagged his third goal in a week, heading home a Jack Clarke free-kick to open the scoring in a 3-0 win over the Cardiff City development side. That makes it four wins on the bounce and no defeats in seven for the youngsters who are beginning to turn heads as the first-team struggle to do the basics.
There was a familiar feel to the side and that has been the case for a little while now as Carlos Corberan begins to make his mark on the club. The ex-Villarreal assistant manager arrived in the summer and has steadily began to improve the players that were brought in by Victor Orta during the summer. I made the point the other night that for all of Orta’s shocking first-team deals he’s actually recruited very well for the development sides and that has began to show in the last couple of months, the under 23’s brushing teams off as they move up and up the league table. The under 18’s have already won a tournament abroad and are top of their section and the likes of Ryan Edmondson and Kun are developing into prospects that will be taken seriously.
Clarke Oduor and Magdar Gomes bagged the other goals in a convincing win but the stand out player was Jack Clarke. The youngster has made the step up to the under 23’s from the 18’s and is now showing that he is one of the best players at that level. He will be pushing for a call up for the first-team between now and the end of the season and don’t be surprised if you see his name on the bench as the season goes on. Tyler Denton captained the side and was in a back four with Pascal Struijk who signed from Ajax, a very talented lad by the looks of things, Hugo Diaz and Bryce Hosannah. An impressive partnership between Jordan Stevens who made his full debut after a £500k move from Forest Green and the ever impressive Oriol Rey was formed and there is much to be excited about in the ranks at Thorp Arch, and it’s something to smile about in a terrible season for the first-team.