Monty back with a goal as Blues come out on top despite late scare
Town's U21s survived a late fightback as they held on to defeat Crewe Alexandra at Playford Road this afternoon.
Monty Patterson was included in the squad for the first time since dislocating his ankle against Leeds back in September, and it was the New Zealand U23 international who opened the scoring as he fired home from inside the area having been slipped in by Myles Kenlock.
Kenlock was to grab a goal himself just past the half hour mark, firing through a crowd of players to find the net from just inside the box after Josh Emmanuel’s cross hadn’t been fully cleared.
The third goal, and the best of the bunch, came in the opening seconds of the second period, with Conor McKendy volleying James Blanchfield’s pass into the top corner from the edge of the area, a strike which left Alex stopper, David Richards, with no chance.
But the visitors, although rarely threatening throughout the match, clawed their way back into it 10 minutes from time. Firstly, Daniel Udoh had his initial shot parried by Jacob Marsden only for the ball to ricochet back off Udoh and into the net.
Liam O’Neill reduced the arrears even further as he latched onto Udoh’s flick-on before slotting calmly past Marsden.
Alex hunted for an equaliser in the dying moments but a long ball from Emmanuel released substitute, Charlie Brown, and the youngster coolly opened up a two-goal lead again with his first U21 goal for Town.
Perry Ng was dismissed for the visitors deep into stoppage time for what appeared to be dissent.
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