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Newport County U18
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Plymouth Argyle U18

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ACADEMY PREVIEW| Young Exiles look to bounce back after Bristol Rovers loss.

29 September 2017

Our U18 side are in action this weekend against Plymouth Argyle, looking to put a disappointing 5-1 loss against Bristol Rovers behind them ahead of Saturdays match at Velodrome Way.

We preview Argyle’s last five matches, previous fixtures between the two sides and a lowdown on the backroom staff ahead of our important fixture against the Devon-based side.

Previous Fixtures

Last season, County’s U18’s played Argyle three times - drawing the first fixture and then winning the next two fixtures during the 16/17 season.

The fixture was twice hosted at Lliswerry School last season, with a 2-2 draw in August contributing to a 6th place finish in the Youth Alliance League South.

A 3-0 win at Lliswerry school in February put the Young Exiles on their way to winning the Merit League 1 for the first time in their history.

 

Backroom Staff

Plymouth’s academy is currently lead by academy manager Kevin Hodges – an ex-player who has over 500 appearances and 81 goals for The Pilgrims.

Head of academy coaching is currently occupied by former co-caretaker for Argyle’s first-team in 2013, Kevin Nancekivell.

Former Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Plymouth keeper Rhys Willmot is in his second spell as academy goalkeeping coach – after working with the first-team as a goalkeeping coach, before re-joining the academy set-up in 2015.

The ex-professional keeper was born in Newport – he worked his way through Arsenal’s youth sides before making his first-team debut in 1980.

 

Last Five Fixtures

Plymouth’s U18 side have had a good run of results in their last five games, picking up nine points from a possible twelve in the league.

They were knocked out of the Youth Alliance Cup by Luton Town after a 2-0 loss away from home earlier this month.

Argyle’s other loss came against Yeovil Town in their last match – falling to a 3-0 defeat at home.

 

Match Details

The match will take place at Lliswerry School – where the Young Exiles will look to pick up a win against The Pilgrims at home.

If you aren’t headed to Kenilworth Road this weekend, come down to Velodrome Way and support the future of the club this weekend!  (11AM Kick-Off – Pitch 2, NP19 4RA)

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Match Reports

ACADEMY REPORT| enthralling late comeback sees the Young Exiles pick up their first win of the season

1 October 2017

A double from forward Michael Cook and a goal from Joe Hunt saw the Young Exiles pick up their first win of the season against Plymouth Argyle at Velodrome Way on Saturday, after trailing 2-0 at half time.

County started the game strongly, with Owen Taylor looking lively in midfield; however, it was Joe Hunt who had the first real chance of the game and saw his exquisite effort tipped over the bar in the 8th minute.

Evan Press was handed a golden opportunity two minutes later, with a brilliant ball from the right finding him, but the midfielder’s volley went over the bar to the relief of the Plymouth Argyle team.

The Pilgrims would make County regret their missed chances capitalising on some poor defending to take the lead on 28 minutes.  A good header had 'keeper Callum Brain beaten.

Two minutes later, Michael Cook came close to equalising for the home side; his volley flying just over from inside the box.

Eventually, the away side took advantage of the Young Exiles' fragilities at defending crosses. Andrew Burn leapt the highest of all the players from a free-kick on the far left-hand side, heading home past Callum Brain in the 38th minute.

Half time came with the Young Exiles trailling 2-0 and in need of a big turnaround in the second forty-five.  The Exiles made just one change at half-time, with Tom Savigar replacing Callum Beckett.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half had been low-key, with no real chances for either team.

This all changed in the 65th minute, with Michael Cook’s chipped shot going agonizingly close for Byron Anthony’s side.

Then after 66 minutes, the Young Exiles had a free-kick on the left which offered an excellent opportunity to the Young Exiles.  Evan Press delivered into the box brilliantly and foundg the head of Joe Hunt at the far post, who headed past Max Childs into the bottom-left corner to reduce the deficit to a single goal.

The home side’s performance went from strength-to-strength as they pushed for an equaliser, with Liam Bishop, Joe Hunt, Tom Hillman and Owen Taylor all having good chances in the space of ten minutes.

In the 79th minute, the Young Exiles finally found a leveller.  Michael Cook made a brilliant run past the Argyle defenders to convert a header past Max Childs.

After coming back from 2-0 down, a draw would have been a great result but the Young Exiles wanted more and kept pushing for the third goal and three points.  It would be striker Michael Cook who would get that winning goal scoring his second goal of the match in the 84th minute with a superb sliding shot that had Max Childs beaten.  County were in the lead and held on brilliantly until the final whistle.

The Young Exiles were resilient in defending their lead and exciting going forward and fully deserved their first league win of the season.

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Starting XI: Brain, Beckett (Savigar 45’), Murray, Foulston (C), Hillman, Press, Williams, Hunt, Taylor, Bishop (Edwards 78’), Cook.

Subs Not Used: Jay Williams, Liam Warman, Matthew Mayor.

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