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Play-Offs-Bound U23s Win at Crewe
Monday, 3rd May 2021 16:05

Town’s play-offs-bound U23s completed their Professional Development League Two South fixtures with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Crewe Alexandra with Matt Ward scoring the first and the second an own goal.

Ward (pictured), who agreed a pro deal at Portman Road in March, put the Blues in front in the 23rd minute with one of the Railwaymen inadvertently adding the second two minutes before the break.

The U23s, who are coached by Kieron Dyer and Terry Butcher, might have won more comfortably with the Alex twice clearing off the line.

The Town youngsters had already clinched second in the table and will face Sheffield United, the winners of the North division, at Bramall Lane in their play-off semi-final.

Town’s U18s, who secured a place in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals by beating the Blades on Friday, will play Wigan away in their Professional Development League Two play-off semi-final, also having finished second in their division.

U23s: White, Andoh, Stewart, Clements, Crane, Healy, Page, Chirewa (Cutbush), Ward, Simpson (Bello), Oppong. Subs: Ridd.

Photo: ITFC

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keighleyblue added 16:25 - May 3
Never realised Crewe was in the South of England

PhilTWTD added 17:01 - May 3
Teams play sides from both divisions over the course of the season.

Help added 17:14 - May 3
U18's and U23's leading the way for this club. Fingers crossed for both teams in the play off's and U18's in the cup

Linkboy13 added 19:51 - May 3
Anyone who has watched the u23s will know that the standard of football is very poor, and it's very hard to know if a player is ready to step up to first team football. Ekhan Baggott for example has gone on loan to National league Kings Lynn. The only benefit of playing u23 football is to give youngsters a taste of senior football. I think they should make u23s football regional it's pointless going all the way to Cardiff and Bristol to play these low key games.

HUTCHITFC added 10:27 - May 4
Sorry Linkboy13 but I disagree as I think it gives the youngest the experience in travelling long distances for games which is also important. My godson plays at u23 level and he says the same. At that sort of stage of your career your knocking at the door of senior football and need to play teams from all over the country not just your local neighbours. Its not your local u13s Sunday league at the end of the day.

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