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Grimsby Town U18
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Walsall U18

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Match Previews

🏆 Grimsby Town U18s v Walsall - Youth Team Match Preview

Grimsby Town youth team host Walsall in their final Youth Alliance Cup group match on Saturday

6 November 2019

Grimsby Town youth team play their final Youth Alliance Cup group match as they host Walsall at Cheapside on Saturday (12pm).

The young Mariners progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup as they beat Rugby Town 1-0 at Blundell Park, thanks to Luis Adlard’s extra-time goal, last weekend.

Neil Woods’s side put in an impressive performance as they continued to battle and search for a breakthrough until they eventually found the net through Adlard in extra time.

And they will be looking to continue that momentum, and take a big step towards qualification to the Youth Alliance Cup knockout stages, as they face the Saddlers on Saturday.

The Mariners are currently second in the group – behind Walsall on goal difference – after picking up six points from their first three games in the competition.

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And they will be hoping to leapfrog the Saddlers and take their tally up to nine points with a win at Cheapside at the weekend.

But Walsall will pose a tough test to Town as they look to continue their perfect start to the group.

The Saddlers have scored six and conceded just one in their opening two games, and will be hoping to go three points clear of Town with a win on Saturday.

Walsall are fifth (out of 13 teams) in the EFL North West Youth Alliance, as they sit on 13 points after their first seven league games.

After Saturday’s game against Walsall, the young Mariners travel to Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday, November 13 (7pm).

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Match Reports

📝 Grimsby Town U18s 2-1 Walsall - Youth Team Match Report

Grimsby Town youth team climb up to first in Youth Alliance Cup group D with dramatic 2-1 win over Walsall at Cheapside

2 December 2019

Michael White
Evan Khouri and Ayodeji Owoeye

Neil Woods’s Grimsby Town youth team moved up to first-place in Youth Alliance Cup group D as they beat Walsall 2-1 at Cheapside.

The young Mariners went into the game knowing that only a win would give them a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Town started brightly in a competitive game, with Lennon Stead going close in the early stages but his shot fired just wide.

But it was Walsall who opened the scoring as they pressed Town and stole the ball high up the pitch, before a neat pull-back was slotted home by the Saddlers’ striker.

But Town responded well, and showed their competitive edge without creating a huge amount of chances.

Town almost found themselves level early into the second half as Brandon McPherson flicked the ball on for Stead, but the Walsall goalkeeper denied the forward with a great save.

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And Stead had another chance just moments later when his powerful volley rattled the under-side of the bar.

The young Mariners got the equaliser on 67 minutes as midfielder Evan Khouri smashed home, following good play from Stead and Cameron Painter.

Town then piled on the pressure as they searched for the winner, but defenders Josh Smaller and Duncan Idehen also made a few last-ditch tackles to keep Walsall out at the other end.

And Town won the game with the last kick of the match as Stead latched onto a ball in the channel before beating his man and picking out Ayodeji Owoeye who slotted home to make it 2-1.

The young Mariners return to EFL North East Youth Alliance action as they welcome Chesterfield to Cheapside on Saturday (11am).

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