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Match Preview: Norwich City U18s v Southampton U18s

3 October 2019

Norwich City Under-18s host 11th place Southampton at Lotus Training Centre this Saturday (11am KO), in the U18s Premier League (South).

Only a win would see the 12th place Canaries climb above Southampton in the table, taking 11th place for themselves.

It’s been a less than ideal season in the U18s Premier League for the Saints’ Academy, playing six, losing five and winning just one. However, the one win has kept the Hampshire side from the bottom of the pile over City, who have failed to win a game this season.

It was back in April of the 2018-19 season the two teams last met, with City suffering a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Saints.

Southampton have the lowest goals scored of any team in the U18s Premier League, with just six. Midfielder Roland Idowu has scored two of these goals, making him the side’s top scorer.

Meanwhile, the same could be said for the Canaries. The U18s side have scored eight, making them the 2nd lowest goalscorers in the league. Top scorer Tom Dickson-Peters (pictured) has found the back of the net an impressive four times.

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Although taking a good result against league leaders Fulham in the Premier League Cup last weekend, not winning a game from six fixtures is a statistic no one would like to hear, but U18s captain Zach Dronfield has insisted a lack of points doesn’t keep the team down.

“We just keep things the same, so having that banter in the dressing room and a really good vibe in training. When we score really good goals in training everyone celebrates together.

"We just try to keep smiling and laughing through the difficult times and just stay together as a team, not letting one person get their head down because that can lead to everyone else letting their head down. Just keeping everyone’s heads held high is really important”

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