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Report: Accrington Stanley Youth 1-2 Fleetwood Town Youth

17 August 2014

Youngsters claim first win of the season

Fleetwood Town's youth team got their first win of season on Saturday morning, defeating Accington Stanley 2-1 at the Store First Stadium.

A 19th minute penalty from Jonny Conway and a goal just before half time from Louis Myers put the Cod Amy ahead, with Accrington pulling one back in the second half through Tyler Scarth.

It would be the hosts who would have the first chance of the match, as Scarth tested Liam Bleeker with a long range strike.

Fleetwood’s young side then looked to take a grasp of the game, and were moving the ball around nicely on an overcast morning in East Lancashire.

The Cod Army's first real chance turned out to be their opening goal via a penalty kick in the 19th minute from striker Conway.

Jordan Hancox was fouled in the Stanley area, and Conway stepped up coolly to drill his right footed penalty past goalkeeper Chris Evans.

The goal seemed to give Fleetwood an extra edge, with Liam Wood seeing his long range effort saved by Evans.

Craig Madden's side had another chance on the half hour mark after a well worked short corner ended with Myers heading an effort into the grateful grasp of Evans.

Accrington huffed and puffed but were unable to find an equaliser, with the youthful Cod Army standing firm.

Stanley were limited to half chances as the clock ticked towards half time, with midfielder Nathan Webb seeing his free kick blocked on 40 minutes.

Town found their second on the stroke of half time, with Louis Myers profiting from a mix up between goalkeeper and defender.

He got in-between the two opponents, with keeper Evans spilling the ball from his grasp, to apply the finish into an empty net.

Hancox almost added a third, however he saw his rasping effort from a tight angle well saved by Evans.

After the break, a mazy run from Hazeldine ended in an effort which crept wide, while Nathan Webb then saw his effort well blocked.

On the hour, Conway latched onto a ball from midfielder Conor Smith, however the striker shot straight at Evans.

The hosts found a lifeline on 65 minutes, when Scarth struck an effort which fizzed into the bottom corner of Bleeker's goal to make it 2-1.

Goal scorer Louis Myers was forced off in the 70th minute with a re-occurrence of the injury he sustained earlier in the game and was replaced by Mamadou Otabi.

Fleetwood looked to wrap up the fixture, with live-wire Conway skipping away from his man, before rifling an effort which crashed off the bar.

Stanley tried to find that leveller in the closing stages, but Madden’s men hung on to claim a victory in the Youth Alliance Northern section.

FTFC team: Bleeker, Williams, Vile, Muscat, A. Smith, C.Smith, Glean, Wood, Conway, Myers, Hancox.

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