Rolando Onu’s goal was not enough as Squad One had to settle for a point against an Aldershot Town unbeaten since the beginning of December in the National League South Division.
After being forced into two early changes through injury, the young Whites responded well and took the lead after a good bit of play left Onu with the simple task of tapping home a cross into the box.
However, the lead didn’t last too long, with The Shots equalising from a set piece on the stroke of half time.
The second half continued to be a very even affair, with both teams having chances. The best chance fell for Aaron Walker in the dying moments of the game, only for his late effort to strike the post
Academy manager Mike Sandmann said: “It was disappointing to concede from a set piece just before half-time, but in the end a draw was probably fair.
“I have to give credit to our lads today, they showed great character against a side who are on an unbeaten run. For me Aldershot are the best team we have come up against this season.”
Meanwhile, Squad Two were overpowered by a strong Whyteleafe side in a 9-2 defeat. At 3-2, White’s youngsters had chances to level, however those missed opportunities were punished with their opponents scoring six without reply.
Sandmann said: “Despite the scoreline, it could have been different game completely if we had equalised with the score at 3-2.
“It’s a tough afternoon for everyone but we can learn plenty from playing against a very good side.
Elsewhere, the Development Squad will be happy with a point after a 3-3 draw away to King Henry School.
Two goals from George Nikaj and a third by Reece Jobe secured a well-deserved point against the league leaders.