Blues close in on PDL2 South title with victory over Owls
Town U23s stretched their unbeaten run to four matches following a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Playford Road.
Barry Cotter, Corrie Ndaba and Tyreece Simpson found the net as Gerard Nash's side secured all three points, despite finishing the match with nine men.
Tommy Hughes was forced off with an injury approaching the hour mark, while his replacement Dylan Crowe also had to be replaced after taking a knock. Emyr Huws played 60 minutes for Blues before departing, although his withdrawal didn't appear to be as a result of an injury.
Town started brightly and took the lead in the 15th minute. Cotter drove through the Owls midfield before unleashing a fierce drive from 25 yards out which found the bottom corner of the net.
Wednesday levelled soon after, though, as Joe West saw his left-footed free-kick beat the wall and Blues shot-stopper Toby Egan.
All square at half-time, Town started the second half much like they did the first. Within three minutes of the restart Lounes Foudil's corner found an unmarked Ndaba and the Blues skipper casually volleyed into the net from close range.
And just after the hour mark the hosts doubled their advantage. Tristan Nydam's free-kick was parried away by Owls 'keeper Cameron McCulloch, but Simpson was on hand to smash in the rebound.
Wednesday's two-man advantage saw them threaten late on, but Town's defence stood resolute to see the game out.
Blues now have an eight-point lead at the top of the Professional Development League Two South table with three games remaining, and are next in action when they take on Leeds away from home on April 8.
Top spot could be confirmed before then, though, as second-placed Crystal Palace are in action two days prior to the clash at Elland Road.
U23s: Egan, Cotter, C Smith (Clements 45'), Ndaba (C), Webber, K Brown, Nydam, Huws (60'), Hughes (Crowe 58' (76')), El Mizouni (Foudil 45'), Simpson.