Josh Seary said the U18s had to ‘dig deep’ as they ran out 2-1 winners against Morecambe during Saturday's North West Youth Alliance league clash.
After a goalless opening 45 minutes, both sides converted from the penalty spot within 20 minutes of the restart, meaning North End needed a last-ditch winner from Jacob Holland-Wilkinson to secure the three points.
Speaking after the game, Seary said, “It was a tough game and we really had to dig deep, I thought all the boys played their part and we really worked together as a team to achieve the three points.”
There has been plenty of game time for U16s this season, particularly against the Shrimps, with Seary one of four schoolboys included in the starting XI.
The young defender, who has been a regular in the youth side this term, said he is glad to be in and around the squad but insists there is still room for progression.
Seary said: “As an U16, to be playing most games for the youth team, it's very pleasing, I just have to keep improving and getting the games under my belt.
“There is plenty of work to be done but I am really pleased to be in the team and receiving these chances.”
The right back has also praised the senior players in the squad for how much they have helped him develop and become a crucial part of the side as he continues to try and nail down the full back spot.
“The older lads have helped me loads, they have welcomed me into the team and given me the confidence to play and improve, especially when I first came into the team, they really helped me get through them first couple of games, it helped me settle massively.
“We all play and fight together as we shown today, we had a few players missing due to COVID and injuries, but we all battled hard, winning the second balls, and showing how much we wanted to fight for the three points.
“I really thought it was a good performance and we will be looking to carry our momentum on to the next one.”
PNE next welcome Rochdale on Wednesday for a midweek clash as they look to make it three wins from three in the North West Youth Alliance league, stay up-to-date with the Academy by following @pnefcacademy on Twitter.