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Owner Evans Watches as U18s Hit Top of Table and Secure Play-Off Place
Saturday, 30th Mar 2019 15:06 by James Ager

Blues' owner Marcus Evans watched on as Town's U18s went top of the Professional Development League Two South table and secured their place in the end-of-season play-offs with a comprehensive 6-3 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Playford Road on Saturday morning.

Zak Brown (pictured) gave the young Blues a third-minute lead with a crisp finish from the edge of the box, before former Town schoolboy Malachi Linton levelled the scores six minutes later following a defence-splitting through ball.

Alex keeper Sam Booth got down well to tip a low effort from Armando Dobra wide of the target but he was beaten on the half hour mark by Tyreece Simpson, who had played a neat one-two with Brown before coolly slotting the ball into the net.

Within a minute Booth was beaten for a third time; the stopper could only parry Brown's strike and Dobra was first to react to tap the ball home.

On 38 the visitors pulled another goal back though when Connor Heath fed the ball into Linton, who took a touch before turning and finding the top corner from 25 yards out with a fine finish that gave Jake Alley no chance.

Nine minutes after his introduction at half-time, Matt Healy's first-time cross from the right was fired into the net off the underside of the bar by Alex Henderson but then on 59, the centre-back was dispossessed by Linton and the forward squared the ball to Tyreece Onyeka to toe-poke past Alley at the back post.

However, just two minutes later Brown restored Town's two-goal advantage with an audacious chipped effort from the byline which curled and floated over Booth and found the net via the back post.

On 77 the three points were wrapped up when sub Lewis Reed, seconds after coming off the bench and with his first touch of the game, glanced Healy's left-sided corner beyond Booth from the near post.

Adem Atay and Kieron Dyer's side were in control for large parts of the game and thoroughly deserved the win, which takes them top of the league by two points following Cardiff City's 1-0 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, although the Bluebirds do still have a game in hand. Town are now 10 points ahead of third-placed Millwall, who have only three games remaining.

Owner Evans, who has been at the club for the last couple of days, was an interested spectator for most of the second half as he watched the game alongside Bryan Klug and Lee O'Neill, with Town continuing to place more and more of an emphasis on bringing youngsters through the academy.

U18s: Alley, Viral, T Smith, Baker (Oppong 81), Fehrenbach, Henderson, Ruffles (Reed 77), Foudil, Z Brown, Dobra, Simpson (Healy 46). Unused: Bort, Baggott.

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Bluearmy_81 added 15:19 - Mar 30
Any town fans there have some balls and give him some grief for killing the club? No, thought not.

raycrawfordswig added 15:34 - Mar 30
Looking at who he is going to sell.

TimmyH added 15:34 - Mar 30
Looking at the young lion cubs and thinking...'there could be a few bob to be made from these'

brian_a_mul added 15:58 - Mar 30
Delighted Evans was there, he has invested heavily in the academy, only right he should check up on his investment. Evans has no doubt made mistakes but he did step in to save the club and has the academy moving in the right direction. Its no secret that all academies aim to supply players for first team and also bring cash in to the club via selling players.

Bluearmy_81 added 16:41 - Mar 30
Ok thanks Evans/Evans mum/Evans best mate/Evans spin doctor

BeattiesBackPocket added 17:07 - Mar 30
If we could have a bit more focus on the first team Evans that would be great 👍 ruining this club in ten years we’ve gone from possible play off hopefuls to league one but people on here still stick up for him!? The mind boggles

jas0999 added 18:18 - Mar 30
Needs to sell some players.

Bert added 18:43 - Mar 30
Pathetic contributions from Bluearmy 81.

ITFCsince73 added 21:32 - Mar 30
Just like any failed venture over a period of 10 yrs.
Its the leaders who have to be held to account, in our case the owner, the longest serving manager, and the longest serving captain.
All failed miserably in my opinion.

FAcup78 added 08:02 - Mar 31
Fantastic result again from the u18's with a dominant performance. Congratulations on securing your play off spot very well deserved. Brown again looked dangerous throughout the match and maybe looking at a step up next season to the u23's. Let's all get behind our 23's & u18's who this season are doing our club proud. The future is our youth !!!.

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