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U23s | Hull City v Barnsley

26 February 2018

Club News

U23s | Hull City v Barnsley

26 February 2018

Barnsley U23s travel to Hull City on Monday evening in the Professional Development League North.

Paul Harsley’s side are aiming to bounce back from the 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town, where two second half wonder strikes from multi-million pound signing Alex Pritchard were enough to see of the young Reds at the Oakwell Training Ground.

Victor Adeboyejo was on target for Barnsley in the opening stages before Rarmani Edmonds-Green levelled the scores late in the first half.

The Reds ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture against the Tigers earlier this season. A Will Mannion own goal just before half-time was added to after the interval by Louis Wardle and Stevie Mallan.

Hull come into the game on the back of a credible 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, who currently occupy one of the four play-off spots shared by the North and South leagues.

Following Monday’s defeat against Huddersfield, Barnsley sit ninth in the table but victory could see Harsley’s side climb as high as sixth, just one point behind the Tigers, depending on results elsewhere.

However, Hull won the corresponding fixture 3-1 last season. Romal Palmer bagged a late consolation for the Reds after Greg Luer, Johan ter Horst and Will Annan had given the hosts a three goal lead.

A similar result could see the Tigers go third in the table - two points behind Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs.

Barnsley will take encouragement from the fact that Hull have got the worst defensive record in the division. Jon Beale’s side have conceded 43 goals - one more than bottom of the table Burnley, albeit having played four games more than the Clarets.

That will be music to the ears of Adeboyejo, who will be looking to add to his 13 goal haul for the campaign at North Ferriby United’s stadium, Grange Lane.

The young striker is currently the joint-second top scorer in the Professional Development League - level with Coventry City’s Joran Ponticelli and three behind Bolton Wanderer’s Connor Hall.

Barnsley will have to be wary of Luer, who is Hull’s top marksman this season with eight goals in five games for the Tigers.

You can follow the game on the Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC from 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

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