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Town's U23s Lose 4-3 Against Rivals But Remain Top
Monday, 4th Feb 2019 15:12

Town’s U23 side saw their lead at the top of the Professional Development League 2 South cut to seven points when they lost 4-3 to second-placed Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The young Blues came from behind to lead 2-1 but the game swung back the Eagles’ way towards the end as they netted three times in the last few minutes before Tristan Nydam added Town’s third and his second of the afternoon with the last kick of the game.

Over-age player Bakary Sako put Palace ahead eight minutes before the break in a game played at the hosts’ training ground in Beckenham.

Mali international Sako, 30, who returned to Palace from West Brom last week on a short-term deal through to the end of the season, found the net from close range.

But Gerard Nash’s team, with Welsh U19 goalkeeper Adam Przybek on trial, hit back in the second half to seemingly turn the game on its head.

French-born Tunisian U23 cap Idris El Mizouni, who signed his first pro contract in December, levelled with a stunning strike before Nydam converted from the spot to put Town in front.

Palace hit back, however, through Kian Flanagan, Rob Street and an own goal to lead 4-2 before Nydam completed the scoring.

Przybek, 18, is on the books at West Brom but is currently on loan at Rushall Olympic of the Evo-Stik League South.

U23s: Przybek, Cotter, Clements, McGavin, Marshall, Ndaba (c), Nydam, Webber, McKendry, Foudil, El Mizouni. Subs: Egan, Hughes, Z. Brown, Simpson, Crowe.

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ForeverBlueSince1996 added 15:14 - Feb 4
How can a 30 year old be allowed to play for U23's?

Wickets added 15:16 - Feb 4
Think your allowed 2 or maybe 3 over aged players .

kozmik added 15:23 - Feb 4
where were Morris and Drinan?

cactusjack added 15:44 - Feb 4
Why dont they play these boys as 1st team?

runningout added 16:41 - Feb 4
Good game good game!!

MooseJuice added 17:13 - Feb 4
Conceding four in your first trial game isn't quite the impression you wanted make is it.

PJewellisaGod added 03:03 - Feb 5
Odd game for Przybek (did pull off a couple of very good saves). McKendry was great again, surely should be in the first team.

stevelincsexile added 08:33 - Feb 5
Good question kozmik where is Morris?

JewellintheTown added 09:22 - Feb 5
Now there's "over age"in an u23's match - maybe up to 25 or 26 in a squad short of u23 youngsters, and there's over age at allowing a 30 year old. Taking the piddle a bit there. Surely they have enough under 23's to field a full u23 squad? Rules need changing.

WicklowBlue added 21:37 - Feb 5
Great to see Nydam back in action. At least the U23s are something positive this season, these players could have a big impact for next season.

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