Roberts the hero and villain as Under 18s beat Cheltenham
United's youth team made it seven wins in a row as they beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 in the League Cup on Friday afternoon.
Striker James Roberts was the hero and the villain, scoring the goal and then getting sent off with half an hour to go to set up an unnecessarily tight end to the game. Coach Chris Allen told www.oufc.co.uk:
"Cheltenham had done their homework and learned from the league game where we beat them 4-2. They had a lot of the play early on and we weren't able to play our normal game so we had to adapt and learn and get ourselves into the match. James took his goal well with a good strike after a decent little move, but then with half an hour to go he got his second yellow card and that put us under pressure.
"He has been getting the attention recently but it was the rest of the team who deserve the credit for this one, especially the defence who were superb in that last 30 minutes. It was pleasing to get another win and we are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment."
Cavanagh, Wright, Niangasa, Long, Lynn, Hughes, Humphreys, Ashby, O'Dowda, Udumaga, Roberts
Roberts' suspension will not kick in until after Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup game against Yeovil Town, which takes place at Thame United (7.30 pm).
"James will still be available because it was two yellows rather than a straight red" Chris told us. "The lads are buzzing about that game because it's the famous Cup and we want to do well again. Last year we made it to the third round and played Bolton at the Kassam Stadium and it would be great to have another run in the same competition."
With no midweek game for the first team this week why not come along to the ASM Stadium on Wednesday and cheer the boys on.