Andy Holden believes that the 1-1 draw with Conference side
Leigh RMI was a footballing education for his young side.
The Reserve team boss included no fewer than six under-19
players in his starting line up who fared well against a
hardworking Leigh team.
Leon Osman gave the Toffees the lead after 32 minutes, but Ged
Courtenay's second half header gave the non-leaguers a share of
Overall, Holden was pleased with the performance of his side,
who enjoyed plenty of possession in their first real workout of the
"It was a good education for the youngsters," he told
"These places aren't easy to come to. A lot of their
players are former professionals who have a lot of experience
"Having said that, we started well and played some
half-decent stuff on a poor pitch, but I always felt that we were
giving silly free-kicks away and we always needed a second
"Alan Moogan was very naïve and made a silly foul on
the right hand side, the ball was punted in and the next thing the
ball was in the back of the net.
"Then, with youngsters, the automatically go on the back
foot, instead of attacking, because I thought at 1-1 we still had a
very good chance to win the game.
"But it was a good learning curve for them and the senior
lads in the side, such as Leon Osman, Nick Chadwick, Kevin McLeod
and Sean O'Hanlon did well too."