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YOUTH TEAM CLAIM PRE-SEASON DRAW WITH WOLVES

A report on Saturday's pre-season action

29 July 2023

Academy

YOUTH TEAM CLAIM PRE-SEASON DRAW WITH WOLVES

A report on Saturday's pre-season action

29 July 2023

Northampton Town Under 18s drew 1-1 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in their fourth pre-season friendly fixture on Saturday morning.

Leo Jenkins scored the young Cobblers’ goal as they impressed against their opponents, who finished 11th out of 13 in the Under-18 Premier League North Group last season.

The visitors started brightly, and Reuben Wyatt was the first to really test the ‘keeper when he curled an edge of the box free-kick over the wall and forced a diving save.

They continued to create chances, James Owen swivelling on the ball and drilling over from Jamari Hart’s deflected cross before captain Jacob Scott’s effort from Will Ronald’s lay-off was headed clear as it curled towards the top corner.

The Cobblers thought they had been rewarded for their good start on the quarter-of-an-hour mark when Wyatt played the ball over the top of the defence and Hart half-volleyed into the back of the net, but the strike was ruled out for a tight offside.

They did make the breakthrough midway through the first half as Owen’s corner was cleared to Wyatt, who volleyed the ball back out wide to the taker. His low cross found its way to Jenkins via a number of deflections, and he poked into the bottom corner through a crowd of bodies.

The hosts grew into the game and threatened on the half-hour when a low ball across goal evaded everyone in the middle and was picked up by a free man at far post, but Ronald made a goal-saving sliding challenge to deny him.

They equalised five minutes before the break when a cutback from the byline was scuffed towards goal and turned in at the back post.

Stevie Bausor prevented Wolves from turning the game on its head early in the second half, making a low save from a tight angle after the ball was taken wide on the edge of the six yard box.

Charlie Carroll almost restored the Cobblers’ lead on the hour mark, but his powerful strike from Scott’s clipped cross was blocked by the onrushing ‘keeper.

Both sides pushed for a winner in a competitive and physical final half-an-hour, but neither were able to score a second goal and the game ended level.

Cobblers: Stevie Bausor, Will Ronald, Leo Jenkins, Kiantay Licorish-Mullings, Matty Ireland, James Owen, Jacob Scott, Harry Guess, Reuben Wyatt, Charlie Carroll, Jamari Hart
Substitutes: Elliot Smith, Jozef Baxter, Freddie Findlay, Josh Rayfield, Francesco Obiagwu


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