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Youth Team Report

Northants Pie

The last week has proved to be a disappointing one for the young lads of the youth team, firstly they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Peterborough 2-0 with a lackluster performance, then just as they thought they could put that performance behind them with a quick return in the league last Saturday against Mansfield Town the game was called off.


FA Cup Report

Peterborough 2 - 0 Notts County

Peterborough ran out comfortable winners, in truth it could and should have been a lot worse save for the performance of the two central defenders Thomas Rigby & Keenan Layton who did their utmost to repel the near constant pressure and attacking threat shown by Peterborough with both drawing constant praise from the Premiership scouts in attendance.

Our midfield department was not at it's best but our lack of pace, mobility & tactical awareness in the holding role allowed Peterborough's midfield far too much room which caused our central defenders problems all game. It was testament to the strong performance of the central defence that Monty Parkes in goal didn't have too much to do, what he did have to do he did very well apart from their second goal where he was caught flat footed, he had no chance with the first goal as the Peterborough No 9 Jonathon Edwards calmly finished into the bottom corner.

Aside from a brief 15 minute spell at the start of the second half where our right back Jordon Richards hit the post with a well struck shot from 25 yards out, the entirety of the game was played out around our own 18 yard line.

Colby Bishop had no chance to affect the game as he was dropping deeper & deeper into midfield to try and get the ball, when we did get the ball up to him it was usually through a long clearance which gave him little chance to control the ball, when he did flick the ball on there was no-one there to get on the ball.

All in all it was a disappointing way to go out of the FA Cup.

Next up for the lads is a league game against Grimsby Town FC at the Eagle Valley Stadium, which is the usual 11am kick off.

The updated league table can be found here.

A copy of the team sheet for the FA Cup can be found here.

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I kept a watchful eye on the updates provided by the official page, it sounded like Peterborough assumed control of the game quickly got on top of our youngsters. I am sure they can cast a-side the disappoint and work further now on the league.

Bishop sounds like one for the future, we need to look towards getting him involved in games like this. He could perhaps make the difference needed to stay in games!

What a goal by the lad at the end, a wonderful strike.

Thanks for the write up buddy.

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useful for people like me who have no idea about the youngsters, so again thanks northants.

all games for youngsters are a learning process, win, lose or draw. its how they respond and from the sounds of it we have a couple of gems. it would be nice to bring them through :)

sure hart and halsall will.

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Northants which of the current crop of players stand out as the better players? Do you think any will sign professional contracts?

Good report.


The best player by far is the lad Keenan Layton, he's left footed and plays either centre half or left back, i'd be surprised if he's still with us by this time next year. A lot of people are pinning their hopes on Colby Bishop as he has scored quite a few in his short time with the club, for me though he needs to work on his first touch, this is the beauty of youth football though as he will be given the time etc to develop the weak points of his game

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