Date: 18th July 2018 at 11:00am
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With a number of youngsters impressing for Aston Villa so far this pre-season as manager Steve Bruce took a good number with him to our Portugal training camp, fans are starting to see the benefits of that slowly following friendlies against Telford United and Kidderminster Harriers.

Last night’s game at the Banks’s didn’t include much of a youthful angle as our Under 23s were in action earlier in the day at Bodymoor in a behind closed doors friendly with Coventry City. I can’t find any match details from Villa in terms of who played, but we lost 2-1.

We did see Andre Green, James Bree, Mitchell Clark (played against Coventry I believe), Harvey Knibbs and Keinan Davis though and Clark, in particular, continued to impress people with his performance and he takes more steps towards becoming a first-team regular this year.

Many fans on social media hoped it would be his breakthrough season and again, others used it as an example of how people are cottoning on to our youngsters and how we should rely on them moving forward instead of seeing them not get a chance and then simply move on.

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