Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin believes his trio of teen debutants will go from strength to strength in the coming weeks.
Goodwin handed first starts to 16-year-old twins Lewis and Harvey Entwhistle and Kettering Town loanee Ade Adeniyi, who is 18, in the UCL Premier Division game at Blackstones last weekend.
Though the result wasn’t what the Bucks had hoped for, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat, their manager took some big positives from the performance. And he highlighted the showings of some of the side’s younger players, in particular striker Lewis Entwhistle who netted Buckby’s goal at Lincoln Road, as a reason to remain upbeat.
“It was a frustrating game because we dominated it but didn’t win,” said Goodwin.
“But there were big positives to take from it as we had two twins who are only 16 and they were fantastic.
“It takes something special to get a big, vocal ‘well done’ from me, but those two are special players and they didn’t look out of place at all. They were the best two players on the park.
“The only thing that dampened the day was the result.
And on Adeniyi, Goodwin added: “Ade’s only just turned 18 and he’s a big unit.
“He can play up front or at the back, where he played against Blackstones, and he looked very comfortable, which was pleasing. Ade and the twins look like sticking around if they carry on playing like they did last weekend.”
And if the Buckby kids continue to impress, they could just find themselves at a higher level as Goodwin, who scouts for Norwich City, may recommend them if he sees fit.
“I’ve got a number of clubs I speak to on a daily basis and I’m always chatting to other managers,” said Goodwin.
“If I can steer some of our players in the right direction then it’s a pat on the back for me.
“But they have to be able to understand this level of football first and we coach them to be prepared for UCL football as well as for a couple of levels higher.”
Long Buckby are due to entertain Peterborough Northern Star at Station Road tomorrow (Sat, ko 3pm), but the snowy weather and freezing temperatures may have the final say on that.