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A look back at the weekend's EFL Youth Alliance action

14 February 2022

Northampton Town Under 18s coach Shane Goddard is pleased with his side’s form after they won 3-1 at home to Milton Keynes Dons in their final regular season fixture on Saturday morning.

Jack Connor scored two penalties and Miguel Ngwa scored the young Cobblers’ other goal as they moved into sixth place in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East.

Speaking after the win, Goddard said: “The conditions weren’t great for either side and it wasn’t the greatest game.

“We’re a little disappointed because we wanted more quality and control.

“We won because of a good bit of play in the first half and two penalties that Jack converted really well.”

The youth team go into the Merit League with three wins in a row and a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Goddard added: “I set the team a challenge to win four out of five games after Christmas.

“We’ve won three and drawn one, so we’ve not come too far short of what I wanted and we’ve ended the regular season strongly.

“Now the second years will look to get some experience in senior environments, and the first years and Under 16s will compete for us in the Merit League.

“It’s important that we continue our good form, bed in the Under 16s and show them what we expect from them next season.”

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