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EFL Youth Alliance Merit Division action

30 April 2022

Northampton Town Under 18s ended their EFL Youth Alliance Merit League Two campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Jamari Hart and Jack Connor scored the Cobblers’ goals as they ended the second stage of the season in fourth place on 14 points.

Coach Shane Goddard was pleased with his side’s performance despite not finishing the campaign with a win.

“We worked so hard, created lots of chances and played some of the best football we’ve played this season today,” he said.

“It was really pleasing to see the boys get the ball down and make positive decisions.

“It was a competitive game to finish the season which is a massive credit to both teams.

“It was just about the fine margins, because we hit the post and their goalkeeper made some really good saves.

“We limited them to a couple of clear-cut chances, and we’ll probably look back and think we could have done more to stop them from scoring.

“It’s frustrating that we conceded in added time and didn’t end the season with a win that I feel we deserved.

“We did enough to win the game, other than take the chances to win it, which has been the story of our season.

“But I can’t fault the boys’ effort and work rate today, and it’s a positive performance to end the year with.”

Cobblers: James Dadge, Brad Smith-Howes, Josh Tomlinson, Reece Irwin, Jamari Hart, Dylan Hill, Reuben Wyatt, Peter Abimbola, Kai O’Keeffe, Jack Connor, Miguel Ngwa
Substitutes: Marcus Bald, Conor Thomas, Harry Guess


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