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A look back at the weekend EFL Youth Alliance action

1 March 2021

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach Shane Goddard says Northampton Town Under 18s’ 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage last Saturday was 'a fair result.'

Liam Cross’ ninth goal of the campaign in the second-half earned a point for the young Cobblers in the final fixture of their EFL Youth Alliance League South East season last weekend.

Speaking after the match, Goddard said: “We didn’t deal with their shape for the first 25 minutes, which allowed them to get a good foothold on the game.

“We grew into the game in the second-half and it was a much better performance.

“I’m happy with how we applied ourselves and dealt with the shape they played in the second-half.

“It’s disappointing that it took us so long to get going, and a draw is a fair result on the whole.”

The youth team finish in the top-half with 29 points at the end of the regular season.

Goddard added: “We wanted to end the regular season with two wins in three, which we haven’t done.

“However, the boys should still be pleased that we’ve gone on a three-game unbeaten run.

“It’s now about carrying that into the next stage.

“Over the season, the team have been inconsistent at times.

“There is quality within the group, but that has to be underpinned by consistency if you want to fight for the title.”

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