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A look back at the weekend action for the under 18s

9 March 2020

The Northampton Town Under 18s fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Yeovil Town Under 18s in the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League at Moulton College on Saturday.

The Cobblers had more chances overall, however the Glovers’ defence remained resolute and they were dangerous on the counter-attack.

A quarter-of-an-hour in, Michael Harding was brought down in the box as he ran through on goal. Ethan Johnston took the resulting penalty for the home team, which was well-saved by Kacper Kowalczyk.

The visitors replied instantly, taking a 1-0 lead. Devon Arnold was tripped in the area, and Alfie Lloyd fired past Dylan Berry from 12 yards.

Northampton pushed for an equaliser as the first half came to a close. Michael Harding’s shot rolled across goal, and Ewan Clark saw his shot from the edge-of-the-box blocked after the ball fell kindly for him. Yeovil went in at half-time a goal up.

The Glovers’ Declan Rose was sent-off for a second bookable offence after an hour. He received a yellow card for fouling Ethan Johnston just outside the box, and a second for dissent moments later.

Two minutes later, the away side doubled their lead. Devon Arnold was fouled in the area, winning another penalty. The forward took it himself, firing into the bottom right corner of Dylan Berry’s goal.

Max Dyche volleyed into the side-netting with fifteen minutes remaining, as the Cobblers reacted to going two behind.

Moments later, Dyche headed into the top-right from a deep Liam Cross corner, giving Northampton a goal back.

Although the home side pressed forward, Devon Arnold scored his second and Yeovil’s third three minutes into added time. He closed down Dylan Berry, whose kick rebounded off the striker and rolled into the empty net.

The home side created plenty of opportunities throughout, however the Glovers were clinical and took their chances, taking away all three points with a 3-1 victory.

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