FA YOUTH CUP FIRST ROUND
Wednesday November 3rd, 7.45pm
The Walks Stadium
KING’S LYNN TOWN UNDER 18S 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN UNDER 18S 3
Jack Connor 29, 33, 60
Cobblers: James Dadge, Courtney Lashley (sub Tom Cartwright 82), Dylan Hill, Josh Brown, Peter Abimbola, Jack Connor, Tommy Curry (sub Miguel Ngwa 73), Kai O’Keeffe, Rico Duggan (sub Ethan Lack 63), Josh Tomlinson, David Sarpong
Subs not used: Charlie Woods, Reece Irwin, Kenny Ndefo, Reuben Wyatt
Jack Connor scored a hat-trick as Northampton Town Under 18s progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-0 win away to King’s Lynn Town on Wednesday.
The win means that the young Cobblers are still in every cup competition and continues a positive week for the player pathway.
Charlie Woods, Miguel Ngwa, Peter Abimbola, Tommy Curry and the club’s youngest ever player Josh Tomlinson were selected in the 18 by coach Shane Goddard having featured for the first team the previous night.
Conditions were wet and with the home crowd behind them, King’s Lynn had a 10-minute spell of control after an even start.
The Linnets’ Ethan Wilson was the first to come close for either side, hitting the top of the crossbar with a speculative shot from long range 20 minutes in.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play on the half-an-hour mark when Connor was in the right place at the right time to volley home at the back post from captain Abimbola’s flick on.
Connor doubled his tally and his side’s advantage five minutes later, scrambling home after King’s Lynn failed to clear a corner.
The Cobblers came out on top after the break and threatened early on when Curry’s first-time shot was denied by a good hand from King’s Lynn goalkeeper Charlie Phillips.
Connor completed his hat-trick on the hour, turning in the box and finding the bottom corner for his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.
The striker was denied a fourth when Phillips was quick off his line to meet him, and substitute Ngwa had an effort cleared off the line late on as the youth team secured their passage into the second round.
Goddard’s side return to EFL Youth Alliance League action when they travel to Stevenage on Saturday.
KING’S LYNN TOWN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (4) 4
FOULS: (3) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2