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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

10 October 2020 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Oxford United U18
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Swindon Town U18
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PREVIEW Oxford United U18 v Swindon Town U18

Young U's look to bounce back

9 October 2020

Oxford United’s under 18s face a local derby on Saturday when they welcome Swindon Town to the Oxford Sports Park in the EFL Youth Alliance.

The youth team were beaten for the first time this season when they travelled to AFC Bournemouth last weekend and coach Leon Blackmore Such is looking for a reaction from his players

“It’s all about learning and it’s the first time we get to see how players respond after a defeat. It should be a good game. There was a little bit of an edge, nothing nasty just what you would expect from a local derby, when we played in the League Cup the other week and I’m sure Swindon will be out for revenge after that game

“Sam Johnson and Callum Crook, two of the second years, have gone out on loan this week to Kidlington to gain experience and that in turn means it will be a very young side because we are pushing our first years and under 16s through.

“We’ve trained well this week so let’s see how we go and do our best to get another win.”

The game is behind closed doors but we will have a report and reaction right here.

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REPORT Oxford United U18 1 Swindon Town U18 1

Smith goal gives United a poi

12 October 2020

Oxford United’s under 18s came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Swindon Town in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday.

16-year-old striker Adam Smith was again on the scoresheet and coach Lean Blackmore-Such tod us:

“It was a derby, maybe a little less heated than the first one the other week where we had a few fireworks. This game started a little bit quieter and Swindon started better than us, I won’t hide that. We lacked a little bit of intensity at the top end of the pitch to try and find that goal and at the other end Eddie Brearey had to make two good saves to keep it at 1-0.

“They scored from a set piece after 13 minutes where they didn’t make great first contact but got onto the loose ball and put it in for 1-0. We had a chance of our own just before that from a set piece where Clint Nosokhare had a free header but put it wide, so we could have been level at the break but instead found ourselves a goal down.

“The message was based on those two moments- you can sometimes not play well and find yourself still in a game and able to pull it round, based on what you do in both boxes. I asked for more intensity in the press which we did. I would still ask for more quality in that next time but we improved and came back into the game when Adam came inside and drilled in a left footed effort which found the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Both sides went for a win and it became a bit stretched. They had one shot from the edge of the box that went wide but I thought we had the better chances; one counter attack where we were 5 on 2 went wrong, Adam had another chance but didn’t get proper contact. But we had turned a possible defeat into not getting beaten, which is a good habit, but we need that intensity from the very start instead of having to come back from a goal down

“We had a couple of players out on loan but we had four under 16s involved and they will get further opportunities and a that was encouraging. Everyone will get a chance this week when we have no fixture on Saturday so we are using this week as a big training block for fives days before we come back in and go again.”

Brearey, Watt, Nosakhare, Golding, Grant, Gardner, Anifowose, Coe, Owens, O’Donkor, Smith.

Subs: Niemczycki, Tiamuna, Franklin, Osbourne

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