Saints U18s 3 Hitchin Town U18s 3

The Under 18s were back in league action against Hitchin Town.

Saints started strongly against a Hitchin side that had set up to defend. Saints started to create space down the left however they nearly took the lead from a cross by Banks from the right with Lankshear’s header well saved by the Hitchin keeper.

After 10 minutes the Saints took the lead. Armstrong found space down the left, cut inside and hit a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

Saints continued to dominate. However, Hitchin won a corner from a break. The corner was whipped in to the 6 yard box and met with a header for an equaliser against the run of play.

The goal gave Hitchin renewed confidence as the Saints started to drop too deep – inviting pressure – but there were no more goals 1-1 at half time.

Following a positive team talk, the Saints came out in a positive mood. However it was Hitchin that took the lead with Saints losing possession in midfield and a slotted pass found their striker who finished well.

The Saints continued to press for an equaliser and created a number of chances before Orde slotted Clarke through on the right. He beat the centre half, raced into the box and finished low across the keeper.

The Saints were now pressing for a winner but were undone again, with some sloppy play from their own corner seeing Hitchin break and take the lead with a fine finish.

With 10 minutes left, the Saints unbeaten league run was in serious threat. However, this group of lads have a strong mentality and equalised again this time, through Orde, who picked the ball up on the edge of the box and hit a shot into the bottom right corner.

The Saints nearly stole a late winner in injury time – with Orde narrowly firing over. But the final whistle blew and, whilst these were the first points dropped this season, the unbeaten league run remains intact.

Next week the young Saints are away to Basildon in another cup quarter final.

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