A FORMER Bala Town and Ruthin Town youth player made his first start for Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Pat Jones signed a professional two-year contract with the English Football League Championship side in October.

On Saturday, the 17-year-old winger played 70 minutes of the Terriers' 3-2 loss to Plymouth Argyle in the third round of the FA Cup.

Huddersfield's young guns found themselves 1-0 up when Romoney Crichlow fired them in front on four minutes but Ryan Hardie brought Argyle level 20 minutes later.

A lively first half saw Aaron Rowe put the home side in front on the half hour mark before Argyle equalised again through Panutche Camara just before the break.

Joe Edwards' strike 20 minutes from time proved to be the decider as Plymouth advanced.

Huddersfield's Jones played for both Ruthin and Bala’s junior sides before joining Wrexham’s Academy in 2017.

The promising winger played for Huddersfield’s first team in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United’s Under-23s in August.

He was initially spotted by the club’s academy manager Emyr Humphreys whilst playing for Wrexham against Accrington Stanley in March 2019.

The Wales Under-17 international joined Town for a one-week trial in September 2019 and was soon offered a scholarship, which he accepted.

Once international clearance was received, Jones immediately netted three goals in his first five appearances for Town’s Under-17s.

So far this season, he has trained extensively alongside Carlos Corberán’s squad as part of the newly formed B Team. He’s started all B Team games and was part of the First Team squad that travelled to Brentford on September 19.

Saturday saw him make his first start for the club.