Youngster Michael Ogboro came off the bench for his Hemel Hempstead Town debut on Saturday – becoming the latest member of the Tudors’ Academy to be involved in first team action.
The teenager played the last 10 minutes of the game against Weymouth, coming on to replace Reading loanee Noor Husin with the game finely poised at 1-0.
Although it is clear that plenty of improvement is needed if he is to go on and become an established first team player, Ogboro’s introduction showed great faith from Hemel boss Dean Brennan in the work of Steve Boone’s Academy set-up.
Speaking after Saturday’s game, Boone said: “It’s fantastic for the academy, it’s fantastic for the club, and obviously it’s fantastic for young Michael.
“It’s interesting because he’s one of the quickest and fittest in our group, and you forget he’s only 16, but today he’s had a vaulable lesson in doing things right, living right, looking after himself and basically getting fitter.
“But it’s a great experience for him, and at the end of the day we won which is the most important thing.”