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YOUTH TEAM BEATEN BY AFC WIMBLEDON

A report on Saturday's EFL Youth Alliance action

19 January 2024

Academy

YOUTH TEAM BEATEN BY AFC WIMBLEDON

A report on Saturday's EFL Youth Alliance action

19 January 2024

Northampton Town Under 18s lost 2-1 at home to AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Youth Alliance South East on Friday afternoon.

The fixture was brought forward from Saturday morning and played at Moulton FC.

Coach Shane Goddard made two changes to the side that played-out a goalless draw with Stevenage last week, as Reuben Wyatt and Neo Dobson replaced Leo Jenkins and Oliver Evans in the starting line up.

Chances were few-and-far between for the majority of the first half after an end-to-end opening quarter-of-an-hour.

James Owen ran onto Max Foulkes’ loose pass and side-footed towards the open goal first-time early on, but the ‘keeper managed to reach the ball as it rolled towards the line.

Kai McKenzie blazed over from six yards after Kai Jennings skilfully dribbled into the area and Junior Nkeng cut inside and forced Marcus Bald into a one-handed diving save as AFC Wimbledon threatened twice within a minute.

Cobblers captain Jacob Scott rose highest to flick-on Owen’s wide free-kick soon after, but Foulkes got low to scoop the ball into his arms.

It took until the second half for another promising opportunity to fall to either side. Harry Hedges’ shot on the turn on the edge of the box was blocked by Kiantay Licorish-Mullings and the ball looped over the crossbar.

The Cobblers opened the scoring five minutes into the second period when Dobson closed down Foulkes, won the ball and smashed it into the empty net.

AFC Wimbledon equalised on the hour mark, Hedges side-footing a cutback across goal and into the bottom corner.

The visitors turned the game on its head a few minutes later as McKenzie slid in and found the roof of the net from a low cross.

The youth team host Luton Town in another rearranged fixture on Tuesday.

Cobblers: Marcus Bald, Josh Rayfield, Kiantay Licorish-Mullings, Tom Cartwright, Matthew Ireland, James Owen, Reuben Wyatt, Harry Guess, Jacob Scott, Neo Dobson, Charlie Carroll

Substitutes: Elliot Smith, Jozef Baxter, Daniel Collin-Kolawole, Gabriel Badero, Jamari Hart


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