Harry Phillips pleased to make his youth team debut in Colchester win
U16s midfielder Harry Phillips marked his youth team debut with an assist, when the Blues beat rivals Colchester United.
Phillips became the eleventh member of the club’s U16 side to appear for the U18s this season when he started the 4-1 win over Colchester United, and the stylish schemer was delighted to be involved.
“It was a great game. It was good to get the win and get some minutes under my belt because I’d never played youth team football before, so I thought today was good,” he said afterwards.
“I found out that I was playing after my game last Saturday. Rick [Academy Manager Ricky Duncan] told me I’d be starting for the U18s and it was a good test for me. I felt we played well. We played some good football and scored four goals, so that can’t be bad.”
Phillips played a part in the first goal, setting up Freddie Gard to put Blues in front, and he could have scored twice himself, seeing a 26th-minute shot blocked and a later effort narrowly clear the crossbar.
“I saw Fred coming, so I gave him a little flick and luckily he scored. I felt I could have done better with my chances; it would’ve been great to get a goal to mark my debut, but I’m happy because I felt I played well.”
“I like to attack and I try to score as many goals as I can. I think a good feature of my game is getting assists, but if an opportunity to get a goal comes, then I won’t shy away from it,” he added, having been given some useful advice from previous debutants Renei Batlokwa and Joe Bedford in the build-up.
And, having linked up with the Shrimpers seven years ago, Phillips is now excited about the prospect of two more seasons in south-east Essex: “I knew that Ren and Joe had played before. They spoke to me and told me to just relax and enjoy the game.”
“I’ve been at the club since U9s. I live 20 minutes away in Wickford, so I’m quite local. I got offered my scholarship a couple of months ago, and I’m now looking forward to the experience of playing youth team football week-in, week-out.”