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FOOTBALL & EDUCATION PROGRAMME ELITE SQUAD BEAT CAMBRIDGE UNITED

A report on Wednesday's National Football Youth League South Premier Division action

22 February 2023

Club News

FOOTBALL & EDUCATION PROGRAMME ELITE SQUAD BEAT CAMBRIDGE UNITED

A report on Wednesday's National Football Youth League South Premier Division action

22 February 2023

The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme Elite squad won 2-1 at home to Cambridge United in the National Football Youth League South Premier Division on Wednesday afternoon.

James Owen scored both of the Cobblers’ goals as they came from behind to secure all three points.

It was an end-to-end contest with both sides creating opportunities throughout.

The opening chance fell to the hosts inside two minutes, captain Tyrun Primus almost catching the goalkeeper out with a near-post snapshot.

Cambridge came inches away from taking the lead 10 minutes in, but a close-range header hit the crossbar and the ball bounced just out of reach of the onrushing attackers.

Northampton continued to look threatening on the counter-attack, Bradley Cheshire spinning his man and shooting across goal before Primus smashed into the side-netting.

The Cobblers survived two dangerous balls across goal either side of Cambridge’s opener five minutes before the break, when a curled first-time effort from the edge of the area found the top corner.

They attacked straight from the restart and almost doubled their advantage within 30 seconds, Tom Ladyman stopping a back-post half-volley with his legs.

The hosts responded shortly after when half-time substitute Owen’s powerful 20-yard strike was tipped over the bar by the ‘keeper.

They came close again on the hour mark when Primus was left unmarked on the penalty spot, but he flicked Owen’s corner wide of the far post.

The midfielder had made a real impact since coming off the bench, and he equalised for his side a few minutes later when he fired into the bottom corner from Cheshire’s scooped lay-off.

Owen was involved once more when he played Romeo Ingman in down the left soon after, but Cheshire was unable to reach his square pass to tap in from close range.

Both sides were pushing for a winner, and Cambridge came close to finding it with eight minutes of normal time remaining when sub ‘keeper Jonny Vallance tipped an edge of the box free-kick wide of the post and the woodwork denied an effort from the resulting corner.

Northampton completed the late turnaround when another sub, Ollie Galbraith, played a first-time cross to Ingman, whose cutback was swept into the bottom corner by Owen.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Women’s squad travelled to Norwich City for a 1:15pm NFYL South Premier Women kick-off.

Cobblers: Tom Ladyman, Zack Douglas, Archie O’Donnell, Johnny Carey, Nico Mountford, Jack Culwick, Mmenim Ekop, Romeo Ingman, Bradley Cheshire, James Lewis, Tyrun Primus
Substitutes: Jonny Vallance, Elliot Balchin, James Owen, Reece Lineham, Ollie Galbraith


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