Saints U18s 2 Wingate & Finchley U18s 1

The Under 18s were back in league action against Wingate & Finchley following a two week break, due to the poor weather.

Following a 9-0 win in the reverse fixture the Saints knew Wingate would be looking for a better performance.

As expected Wingate came out of the box with a high pressing game making it difficult for the boys to play out through the back. However, the Saints defence held firm.

The Saints struck first after 20 mins with a through ball finding Owen in the box who was brought down for a penalty that he converted low into the bottom corner.

The Saints began to find their feet and came close to a second from a good move and cross down the left with Lawrence seeing his header beat the keeper but hit the bar.

On 35 mins the second goal came with Orde winning the ball on the right, driving forward and finding Lawrence just inside the box – who took one touch and fired a low shot across the keeper into the net off the inside of the post.

HT Saints 2 Wingate & Finchley 0

Wingate started the second half brightly, closing the space well. However, with Saints coming down the Clarence slope, they should have put the game to bed with both Hossen and Lawrence forcing good saves from the Wingate keeper following one-on-ones and Owen hitting the post.

The Saints were unlucky not to be awarded another penalty when Owen broke free on the right and appeared to be fouled after he crossed the ball.
Wingate rallied and had a goal disallowed for offside before pulling one back after winning the ball in midfield and then finding their striker who hit an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner.

Wingate were in the asendancy and searching for an equaliser. They had their own claim for a penalty which the referee waived away.

The Saints held on to maintain their 100% league record with a 10th consecutive win but Wingate would have been disappointed not to get anything from the game.

Next week the young Saints visit Ware Academy Under 18s in Quarter Finals of the Herts County Cup.

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