Barnsley U23s face Bolton Wanderers on Friday afternoon at the Lancashire FA, Leyland, in the Professional Development League.
The young Reds are looking to get back to winning ways following their 2-0 defeat at Leeds United last Monday, and will be hopeful of claiming three points against a Trotters side that are bottom of the table.
One of the league’s top scoring outfits meets the leakiest defence, with Wanderers having shipped 37 goals in ten outings so far this campaign.
When Martin Devaney’s side get into their rhythm, they are arguably one of the most entertaining outfits in the division as they play an energetic high-press and come forward at tremendous pace.
However, there are several players in this Bolton squad who have featured frequently for the first team this term, in particular Jordan Boon, Eddie Brown, Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic.
That Sky Bet League One experience, while a baptism of fire during a turbulent time for the club, could prove to be incredibly beneficial for the youngsters’ development in the long run.
In Elliot Simoes, Barnsley have a player who is currently on the top of his game. The 19-year-old has bagged eight goals in 11 Professional Development League matches and was recently rewarded with a senior debut against Swansea City, before coming from the bench in the 2-2 draw at home to Bristol City.
With six wins and six draws from their 12 fixtures, it’s probably fitting that the Reds are sat sixth in the table ahead of this fixture.
You can find out how our U23s fare against Bolton either by attending the game at the Lancashire FA, Leyland, kick-off at 12pm.
Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.