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7 March 2016

Kyle Hammond's brace is enough to win the Blues all three points against the Hornets

A late strike from Kyle Hammond, his second of the game, sealed victory for Town’s U21 side against Watford at the UCL Sports Ground this afternoon.

The winner came with just minutes remaining of the second-half as Mark Kennedy’s side managed to record back-to-back league victories for the second time this season following their 6-1 triumph over Bristol City last week.

Town started the game strongly and England U17 striker, Ben Morris had an early chance to give his side the lead after he had broken free of the Hornets defence, but his effort dragged just wide of the post.

The Blues didn’t have to wait long to grab the initiative though, as Hammond blasted the ball into the top corner with a superb strike from 25 yards out.

The Hornets looked to get back on level terms as quickly as possible and Michael Crowe was forced to parry an Alex Jukubiak shot away from goal in order to preserve Town’s lead.

Strong goalkeeping also thwarted Shane McLoughlin in the final minutes of the first-half as Nathan Gartside had to be alert to deny the Irishman his third goal in two games following a threaded pass from Victor Guldbrandsen.

Crowe was forced into making a few relatively comfortable stops early in the second-half, although Jakubiak was not to be denied his goal. The Scotland U19 international managed to level things up just past the hour mark as he wriggled away from Chris Smith before coolly slotting the ball past Town’s ‘keeper.

The game looked to be heading towards a draw until Hammond helped himself to the match-winner with just two minutes left on the clock. The local lad finished left-footed into the bottom corner after Josh Emmanuel had picked him out with a cross.

The hosts did their best to salvage a point with seconds remaining as Crowe was called into action yet again, but the Welsh U21 stopper did well to make a double save and secure victory for the Blues.


Town: Crowe, Emmanuel, Malarczyk, Smith, Hammond, Blanchfield, Dozzell, Guldbrandsen, McKendry, Morris, McLoughlin. Subs: Marsden, Fowler, Downes, Meldrum.

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