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Barnsley U18
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Crewe Alexandra U18

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U18s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Crewe Alexandra

Young Reds at home ahead of first team fixture on Saturday

17 October 2019

Barnsley U18s welcome Crewe Alexandra to the Oakwell Training Ground on Saturday morning as they look to make it four consecutive wins.

The Professional Development league clash takes place ahead of our first team’s Sky Bet Championship game with Swansea City, so you can make a day of it at Oakwell by also enjoying a variety of entertainment at our Fan Zone in between the two fixtures.

Our U18s head into this encounter on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win at Hull City last weekend, with captain Will Calligan scoring the only goal midway through the first half.

With four clean sheets in eight outings, Tom Harban’s side boast the best defensive record in the league but will be going up against the second most potent attack this weekend.

Crewe have notched 17 goals in nine games – bettered only by leaders Wigan Athletic, who have struck 28 times in 10 matches so far.

However, in Aiden Marsh and Jack Sherlock, the Reds have strike partnership in fine form and they will be looking to add to the eight goals scored between them this campaign.

Barnsley did the double over Alex last season, registering an emphatic 7-1 win on home soil before securing a narrow 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture.

Another three points for the young Reds on Saturday could be enough to see them climb to second, providing Nottingham Forest fail to beat Sheffield United.

You can cheer our U18s on by attending the game for FREE at the Oakwell Training Ground on Saturday morning, kick-off at 11am.

Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

Our Fan Zone opens in the East Stand at 12pm and will be hosting live music until kick-off at 3pm.

Any supporters wishing to attend our U18s fixture are politely reminded not to park on Grove Street, but to park in the CK Beckett South Stand Car Park.

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Match Reports

U18s | REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Young Reds pick up another three

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Barnsley U18s are now second in the Professional Development League table after Sam Nicholson’s solitary strike against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

It’s now four consecutive wins for the young Reds and five clean sheets in their last six outings, but they had to be resolute and dig deep against the Railwaymen.

The visitors made a good start to the game but, at the opposite end, Sezgin Aleksiev had other ideas and was causing havoc with his pressing. In the fourth minute, his closing down saw him win the ball and get beyond Andrew Walklate in the Crewe goal but the attacking midfielder couldn’t quite create a clear cut chance.

Seven minutes later, a Will Calligan corner caused some difficulties for the Alex defence in the box, from this, Jack Birks found an opportunity to shoot with a deflection diverting the ball onto the post.

As the Reds looked to seize control of the game, the visitors gave a reminder of their attacking threat when Nicholson had to make a goal line clearance to keep the scores level.

Aiden Marsh did hit the target following some more good pressing but was adjudged to be offside in the build-up and the game remained goalless heading into the break.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Crewe Alexandra

Barnsley went close a couple of times after the restart, with Brad Binns and Aleksiev linking up well to create a chance for the latter which Walklate collected.

Charlie Winfield then saw his shot deflected just wide and, from the resulting corner, came the breakthrough. A threatening ball into the area sparked another scramble and Nicholson pounced quickly to poke home from close range.

Marsh almost got a second in quick succession, while the Railwaymen hit back with a cross from out wide fizzing across goal as they tried to draw level.

The young Reds strung together a number of neat passages of play as they aimed to finish the match in style. However, Crewe still posed a threat from set-pieces and came agonisingly close to levelling the contest in the closing stages.

With time running out, Binns did brilliantly to beat his man in the corner and set up Birks, forcing Walklate into a great reaction save to keep the game at 1-0.

Despite a late Alex flurry, Barnsley held on to claim another hard-fought victory to keep within touching distance of leaders Wigan Athletic at the summit.

Tom Harban’s youngsters will be aiming to continue their impressive run in a top of the table South Yorkshire derby when third-place Sheffield United visit the Oakwell Training Ground next weekend.

 

REDS XI: Flavell, Hassan-Smith, Walmsley, Nicholson, Calligan (c), Lancaster, Binns, Winfield, Birks, Aleksiev (Sila-Conde), Marsh.

Not used: Brown, Ariely, Ackroyd, Hodgson.

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