After the midweek victory over West Bromwich, the Academy under 18s suffered a narrow defeat against Stoke City at Compton on Saturday as they wound up their campaign.
Coach Sean Parrish admitted: “To finish the season with a defeat, especially after having such a good result earlier in the week, was very disappointing.
“With the Gaffer, Brian (Carey), Steve (Weaver) and Stuart (Webber) all watching, this was the perfect opportunity for all the players to impress them.
“But I felt that the players didn’t do enough and would have been disappointed, especially with their first half performance. During the opening 45 minutes we didn’t look after the ball well enough and only created one or two half chances.
“I knew that with more conviction and desire we could quite easily have scored, but we went in to the break 1-0 down. We began the second period as the more dominant side and played with a greater tempo.
“But for all our greater possession, we still didn’t create many clear cut chances and then conceded a poor second goal which was down to lack of communication and organization. We left ourselves with a mountain to climb.
“We managed to score right on full time with a good finish through Declan Weeks but to end the season with a 2-1 defeat was disappointing.
“All the boys must now reflect individually on the season just gone and as we continue to train over the next two weeks and put in every effort to improve and recognise what is required and expected of them when they return for pre-season training.”