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Reaction to Thursday's cup final win

1 April 2022

Coach Shane Goddard was 'really proud' of his Northampton Town Under 18s side as they won the David Joyce Cup with a 5-2 success over Bugbrooke St Michaels on Thursday night.

Miguel Ngwa, Kenny Ndefo, Reuben Wyatt, Ethan Lack and Jack Connor scored the young Cobblers’ goals in front of 968 fans at Sixfields.

Speaking after the cup final win, Goddard said: “I’m overjoyed because it’s about creating experiences for the players.

“The end goal is that they become professional footballers and they have to have experiences like this along the way.

“They have to learn to compete and win as a team, and they’re a cracking group.

“There are positives every day and whether they win or lose they stick together.

“We’ve grown so much this season on-and-off the pitch and I’m really proud of them.”

The youth team make the journey to Newport County in the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League Two on Saturday.

Goddard added: “Our challenge is to win the Merit League and we have to use this as momentum.

“We can only do that by being at our best and playing to our principles on Saturday.

“It’s a long trip but hopefully tonight’s celebrations have freshened up our legs a little bit!”

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