EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE LEAGUE SOUTH EAST
Saturday October 23rd, 10.30am
NORTHAMPTON TOWN UNDER 18S 0
CAMBRIDGE UNITED UNDER 18S 0
Cobblers: James Dadge, Brad Smith-Howes, Courtney Lashley, Dylan Hill, Miguel Ngwa, Peter Abimbola, Jack Connor (sub Kenny Ndefo 84), Kai O’Keeffe (sub Tommy Curry 79), Rico Duggan, Josh Tomlinson, David Sarpong
Subs not used: Tom Ladyman, Reece Irwin, Josh Brown
Northampton Town Under 18s drew 0-0 at home to Cambridge United in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East on Saturday.
Coach Shane Goddard selected the same team that knocked Southend United out of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup a fortnight ago. Football and Education Programme goalkeeper Tom Ladyman was named on the bench.
Both sides created opportunities in an end-to-end first half, Cambridge the first when Brandon Njoku ran through on goal and scuffed his shot.
Jack Connor flicked wide from Peter Abimbola’s low ball across goal before the Cobblers captain headed over from Brad Smith-Howes’ corner midway through the first period.
Miguel Ngwa fired an effort at the front post which Cambridge goalkeeper Jonah Gill blocked with his legs as it remained goalless at the break.
Neither team were able to break the deadlock in a scrappy second half.
Connor came closest for the Cobblers on the hour mark, rising highest to head a cross against the outside of the post.
James Dadge kept the scoreline level with two saves late on. First, the Cobblers goalkeeper was well-positioned to deny Greg Sandiford’s effort at the back post.
In added time, he made an excellent close range save to prevent a Cambridge winner.
The youth team host Southend in the league next week.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (6) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8
CORNERS: (4) 5
FOULS: (7) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
CAMBRIDGE UNITED MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (5) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4