A Penalty Shootout Defeat For The Elite Development Squad

Match report by Steve Benyon

Yesterday saw the squad of 16 play Stourbridge (Kidderminster Harriers), at home in the ECFA National Cup.

It was a perfect start for our young Saints, going 1-0 up early on through a CJ Craven strike.

The boys continued to play well, creating a host of chances, as well as remaining resolute at the back, until a goal was conceded direct from a free-kick which somehow went through the wall and beat Lewis Dutton.

We responded almost immediately through a Liam Parry goal after a great through ball from James Parry. 

The second half however was a different story.

The players were at times sloppy in possession and second to the majority of balls.

A lapse in concentration from Lewis saw their centre forward charge down the ball and into the empty net to end the game 2-2 and send the game penalties, which resulted in a 5-3 loss.

All the best to the Harriers in the next round.

Attention now turns to Friday’s cup game against Newcastle Under-Lyme away. (Kickoff: 12:45pm)
Squad:
1. Lewis Dutton
16. CJ Craven
18. Louis Bradford
12. Josh Bailey
3. James Parry
38. Ismail Ozdemir
5. Aaron Lloyd
8. Ethan Short
7. James Gregory-Cork
9. Liam Parry
25. James Rutter
21. Harley Steel
33. Jenson Jones
23. Owen Williams
27. Luis Edwards
28. Ryan Walker-Boardman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sam Wood

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