The home side kicked off with a wealth of Premiership experience including the likes of Fabian Wilnis, Jim Magilton and Martijn Reuser whereas eight of our starting line-up were 20 or under.
Town dominated the first half and went 2-0 up but were left frustrated as our young side grew in confidence and chances were at a premium in the second half.
Boss Colin reflected: "Looking at the teams before we started it was always going to be a very difficult game for us but I said at the end they should be proud of themselves in the way they played.
"We had a period when they were on top, 20 minutes between the middle of the first half and half-time and they scored two good goals but in the second half I don't think they had an opportunity.
"Five or six of them put in very, very good performances and my job is to go back with that information. A lot of them have done themselves no harm out there."
The defence was particularly impressive with three players - Ronnie Henry, Chris Herron and Stephen Kelly - who has played in last week's FA Youth Cup win at Walsall.
With Alton Thelwell and Kasey Keller backing them up the young trio warmed to the test.
"The back four individually were very good," beamed Colin. "One or two things we tried to sort out at half-time and to be fair, they took that on board in the second half.
"They held their hands up at half-time anyway to say they knew where the problems were occuring.
"Kasey, an experienced goalkeeper, came in at the end and said that the second half was very good. He went around every one of the players and said well done because they have done themselves proud.
"It's a strange feeling - we got beat 2-0 but I'm very, very happy.
"The last thing is said to them was that they all know they've done all right but the thing is will they do all right again in the next game?
"It's all about knuckling down in training and working hard to the end of the season.
"It was a chance for a few of them to step forward and they've taken it. It's pleasing they've done well but now we'll assess how they conduct themselves for the next three or four weeks."
Colin Calderwood insisted his young reserves could be proud of their battling display in last night's 2-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.