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Match preview: Aston Villa U18s v Norwich City U18s

22 January 2021

Norwich City Under-18s travel to Bodymoor Heath Training Ground as they face Aston Villa Under-18s this Saturday (12:30pm KO).

The Young Canaries currently sit sixth in the U18 Premier League table, two points behind Brighton & Hove Albion U18s, who have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Villa are fourth in the table with 22 points, six ahead of City with three games in hand over the Canaries.

A win over the Villans could see City overtake Brighton in the table, should the Seagulls lose to Fulham in their fixture on Saturday.

Last week, City took an emphatic 5-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Birmingham County FA, courtesy of goals from Jon Rowe, Joe Duffy, Brad Hills and Oscar Thorn.

The young Canaries found the back of the net five times in the first 50 minutes of the fixture, taking a well deserved three points and extending their win streak to three in all competitions.

The U18s last faced Aston Villa earlier in the current campaign, taking a 1-0 loss to the Villans after Brad Young found the only goal of the game.

Under-18s defender Brad Hills believes the team are excited for the game ahead against Villa, saying the team are ready for the task at hand after a good week of preparations.

“It’s been a bit different now we’re in lockdown, but we’re still training nearly every day. The lads all feel ready to go, we’ve been training well all week, we’ve analysed the opposition and what they might do, so we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Discussing his brace against West Brom last week, Hills says that although it was nice to score, he took more satisfaction out of keeping yet another clean sheet.

“The first goal just dropped down to me and I put it in the bottom corner, I didn’t know what to do with my celebration because I’m not used to scoring! It’s nice to win 5-0, get a couple goals and also keep that clean sheet.

“Keeping a clean sheet is definitely a better feeling, keeping the clean sheet and giving the goalie nothing to do when having a solid performance at the backline is great.”

Turning his attention back to Saturday’s opposition, Hills says the team are hopeful of recreating last week’s result against Villa, as they look to continue their climb up the table.

“Villa are near the top of the league, they’re a good side, but we’re all confident. We’re strong going into this game, we’ve trained well.

“We’re always excited for every game and wanting to get the three points to get closer to the top of the league. We’re ready and focusing on this weekend and hopefully we’ll get the same result as last week against West Brom.”

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