Neilson believes Hatters kids are heading in right direction

HATTERS assistant boss Alan Neilson believes the club’s youngsters can only become better players after experiences like last night’s 1-0 defeat against Dunstable Town in the Beds Premier Cup Final at Creasey Park, writes Mike Simmonds.

Lee Roache’s second half goal was enough for the Blues to triumph, but apart from Dean Brill and Dan Walker, the rest of Luton’s side were all aged 18 and below.

The likes of Brett Longden, Jerome Jibodu and Jake Woolley in particular impressed and Neilson hopes that matches like this, will only aid their learning curve in the long term.

He said: “We had played them (Dunstable) in the Beds Cup last season and won 5-4 after extra time, so we knew it would be a good game as they’re a decent side.

“Yes, we made little little mistakes, but I said after the game, as long as they learn from them it will make them better players. We have to improve them and make them the best players they can be.”

Dunstable director of football John McLoughlin said: “I am proud to say that we are the Beds Premier Cup winners and hopefully there will be more trophies to follow this season.

“Lee Roache got the winning goal, but it was an outstanding team performance again showing that we can compete at all levels.

“Our two front men of Roach and Frater are a handful for any defence and our pre-season preparations are coming together nicely.”

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