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Young U's beat Oxford University

Crook and Stevens on the mark for the Academy

17 May 2021

Oxford United’s youngster ended their season with two more encouraging performances on Saturday.

An under 17 side, combining next year’s scholars with this year’s first year intake travelled to West Ham and put in a decent display before losing 2-0 to their Premier League opponents.

Meanwhile at the Oxford Sports Park an ‘under 19’ side containing the second year scholars and a number of trialists were 2-1 winners in a friendly against the Oxford University side with Callum Crook and Jack Stevens the scorers

Academy Manager Dan Harris told us

“I travelled with the younger lads to West Ham and the message was very much that we were there to compete, not just to have a day out and admire the facilities. Fair play to the lads, they played well and there was plenty of encouragement in their performance.

“Meanwhile at the Training Ground we were really pleased to welcome the University side for what we hope will become an annual game to honour Micky Lewis who was a legendary figure not just at United but also the University where he coached for many years.

“The game was really competitive. Micky was a friend to everyone in football in Oxfordshire so we would love to play the game regularly and as it turned out the game was very close.

"From our point of view it gave us a chance to look at one or two new lads but it was two of the older lads who got the goals. Callum Crook has scored consistently all the time he has been with us and there was a nice moment when Jack Stevens, who has been out with injury, showed that he is fully fit again with the winning goal.”

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