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Northants FA Edged Out by Late Notts Winner

The Northamptonshire FA Under-18 Representative Squad travelled to a windswept Regatta Way Sports Ground on Sunday 22 October to face...
The game kicked off at a frantic pace with both sides playing at a fast tempo.

After five minutes, a slight hesitation in the Northants defence allowed Notts to take an early lead. However, after that early setback Northants came back into the game and  grabbed a well-deserved equaliser  on the 30 minute mark through number 10, Ben Fitzjohn.

Both sides settled into the game well and produced a very evenly-matched first half which consisted of some eye-catching football and excellent work-rate.

Northants came out of the blocks in the second half with a purpose and were rewarded for their good play when they took a deserved lead in the 50th minute with a well taken goal from number eight, Dante Memoli.

However, Notts fought back well and snatched a goal to make it 2-2 after 55 minutes, before grabbing another to go 3-2 up just five minutes later.

This wakeup call produced a great response from Northants who then went on to play some nice football and created some great chances to level the score. Several missed chances and excellent saves from the Notts ‘keeper kept them at bay.

With 15 minutes remaining on the clock, Northants were rewarded for their efforts when the ever lively Ben Fitzjohn got his second of the game to draw his side level.

The game looked like it was going to end all square, until Notts grabbed a winner in the 85th minute to leave Northants cursing their earlier missed chances.

In what was an evenly contested game, both teams and officials remarked after the game that a draw would have been a fair result.

Northamptonshire FA would like to congratulate both sets of players on producing a thoroughly entertaining game and thank the officials and parents who came along to witness a great advert for county football.#

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