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Report: Development Squad put four past Curzon Ashton

2 February 2022

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Fleetwood Town’s Development Squad eased their way past Curzon Ashton on Tuesday evening, beating them 4-0 at the Tameside Stadium in a pre-arranged friendly.

One of the players brought in during the January transfer window, Harvey Macadam from Ashton United, managed to find the net on two occasions, alongside Chris Conn-Clarke, who did the same.

Town started the better side in the game as both Barry Baggley and Conn-Clarke were able to forge chances early on, but the former strayed offside before letting loose, and the latter’s effort flew over the bar.

It wasn’t long though until the goalscoring got underway as Conn-Clarke proved his class finding the back of the net in the 17th minute, before creating another chance two minutes later, which had to be saved by Charlie Gladwin.

Macadam scored his first goal in Fleetwood colours 23 minutes in, doubling Town’s lead from a free-kick which flew into the top corner, and the Northern Irish forward who bagged the first also got the third, securing his brace for the night just ten minutes after with a half-volley.

Curzon had a late burst with five minutes to go until the break as Whitman was played through, but Tom Donaghy seemed more than a match for it, beating the forward to the ball. They had another effort soon after as Hobson met Richards’ cross but volleyed over.

Town knocked on the door all second half, trying to get their fourth of the game. Conn-Clarke looked lively again making multiple chances, and Baldwin had to be called upon a few times, but it was Macadam three minutes from the end who put the game to bed in what was a good showing from the young Cods.

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