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Youngsters in pre-season action on Tuesday evening

26 August 2020

University of Northampton student James Wiles reports:

Miguel Ngwa scored a brace as the U18s beat Wellingborough Town U18s 2-1 in a friendly at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday evening.

Jon Brady's men continued their pre-season preparations with a win on a blustery and rain-affected night.

The Cobblers started brightly, with Ngwa testing the Doughboys' keeper at his near post early on.

The hosts responded, going up the other end but firing high and wide.

On the quarter-of-an-hour mark, Ngwa opened the scoring, beating his man to get into the area before squeezing his shot under the Wellingborough number one.

The winger doubled his tally and his side's lead a few minutes later, showing quick feet to open up the space for a shot, which he curled into the bottom-right.

The Doughboys missed a golden opportunity to half the defecit 10 minutes before the break, as their forward mishit a volley after being found in plenty of space.

On the stroke of half-time, Ewan Clark's shot swerved past the post as the Cobblers looked to punish their opponents' missed chances.

Moments later, his team's lead was cut in half when the home side broke through and the ball was poked in.

The second-half started slowly, the first real effort of note coming after an hour, when a dangerous Doughboys free-kick was palmed away to the left.

With 15 minutes to go, Liam Cross fired high over the bar as the temperature dropped and the game fizzled out.

The Cobblers saw-out a cagey second period for a well-deserved friendly victory in tough conditions.

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