A Sky Blues Xl came away from the New Bucks Head with a 1-1 draw in the latest pre-season fixture.
Jason Farndon took charge of the side that came up against Telford and he was pleased with what he saw from the side that travelled.
With a few injuries in the camp, there was a makeshift back four that started, with midfielder Josh Eccles starting alongside a Trialist.
Some of the Trialists weren’t set to start with the Sky Blues until next week, but Farndon admitted they had to be brought in due to numbers.
He said: “We turned up with a makeshift team, with a couple of trialists that were due to start next week, but due to the shortage in numbers we brought them in for the game.
“We had no recognise centre backs, we played with midfielders and fullbacks in there, so we’re pleased with the way they coped.
“I though the lads were really competitive, and they stood up to some really physical players and I think we matched them along the way.”
Telford were the second Men’s senior team that some of the Under-23s in the side have come up against in pre-season this year.
For some, it will be some of the few occasions they come up against the physical presence in the men’s game, due to playing in the Professional Development League.
However, Farndon told how he will look to organise more fixtures during the course of the season against first team sides.
“It’s really important for young players development.
“It’s exactly why we took the games; it was very physical and there was a hostile atmosphere.
“We’re looking to do this a lot this year, play against more men’s teams, almost like reserves fixtures in a way.
“However, looking back on how the lads played, there’s no doubt about it we should’ve won the game, we created a lot of clear-cut chances which we didn’t take.
“Although, the positives are that we did create them, and we now need to work on finishing teams off.”
Jason Farndon’s Under-23s side will take on Rugby Town next up on Tuesday 23rd July at Butlin Road, scheduled for a 7:30pm kick-off.