Wrexham Youth 2
Oldham Athletic Youth 0
Football League Youth Alliance (North West Conference)

Wrexham Youth
2 - 0
Oldham Youth

Football League Youth Alliance (North West Conference)
Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Colliers Park
Attendance: 50
11:00am kick-off

Keane Hazeldine (5)
Keane Hazeldine (45)

Team Managers
Nick Chadwick Chuk Akuneto

Starting Eleven
1. Liam Hall
2. Dan Wright
3. Tom Kelly
4. Alex Moore
5. Aaron James
6. Dan Davies
7. Callum Edwards
8. Alfie Lussey
9. Rio Owen
10. Harry Ashfield
11. Keane Hazeldine
Alfie Brindley-Smith .1
Conor Withers .2
Lewis Rhodes .3
Jesse Williams .6
Llyton Chapman .16
Alfie Atherton .7
Sam Davidson .10
Joshua Lawrenson .8
Tyler Walker .9
Reece Leonard .18
Somtobenna Chukwugbo .11

12. Max Hayes
13. Bryn Owen
14. Max Purvis
15. Hari Roberts
16. Mikey Hayman
Jose Lopez .13
Nozona Furuki .17
Ruben Ndienguila .5
Lincoln Green .14
Daniel Ephrem .12

Max Purvis for Dan Davies (51)
Hari Roberts for Dan Wright (65)
Mikey Hayman for Harry Ashfield (70)
Max Hayes for Callum Edwards (78)
Jose Lopez for Alfie-Brindley Smith (25)
Nozona Furuki for Tyler Walker (46)
Daniel Ephrem for Reece Leonard (64)
Lincoln Green for Somtobenna Chukwugbo (85)

None. Lewis Rhodes (72)
Joshua Lawrenson (87)
Alfie Atherton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ryan Bostock (Referee)
Matty Smart & Dylan Renouf (Assistants)

Photography by David Roberts

Match Report

Wrexham’s 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic in the EFL Youth Alliance at Colliers Park was overshadowed by an injury to Latics’ keeper Alfie Brindley-Smith which necessitated a 21-minute stoppage in play. Just five minutes into the game, the visiting custodian fell heavily to the ground in the build-up to the opening goal and had to be stretchered off from the field of play.

Thankfully, after a thorough medical assessment the young custodian was given the all-clear to travel home with his team-mates, a fact which delighted the Dragons’ PDP Lead Coach Nick Chadwick: “My thoughts, first and foremost, go to the goalkeeper. You don’t want to see anyone leave the field of play on a stretcher and we wish him all the best. His parents were obviously concerned and its good news to hear that he’s going to be okay.”

The match itself was decided by a brace of goals from Keane Hazeldine, the 16-year-old marking his first starting appearance of the campaign with a fine individual display. His opening strike came in the incident which led to Brindley-Smith’s injury, Hazeldine firing the ball home after the goalkeeper had failed to collect a Dan Davies corner under pressure from Aaron James. His second, 22 minutes into first-half stoppage time, came courtesy of another defensive error, Hazeldine’s tireless running allowing him to capitalise on confusion between Connor Withers and substitute keeper Jose Lopez to run the ball into an empty net.

Given the long delay, the first half was played at a good tempo and Oldham enjoyed their fair share of the play with Alfie Atherton and Somtobenna Chukwugbo impressing on the flanks. Atherton brought a superb stop from Liam Hall inside the opening minute, the recent signing from Bradford P.A. diving full-length to keep out a fiercely driven 25-yard shot. Harry Ashfield appealed in vain for a penalty as he went down under a challenge from Lopez before Hall had to be alert to dive at the feet of the onrushing Chukwugbo.

Wrexham enjoyed far greater control of the game after the interval despite losing Davies to injury, Max Purvis taking over in central defence. Hazeldine, who linked well with left-back Tom Kelly throughout, came close to adding a third on the hour mark, Lopez making a good low save to deny the Chester-born player his hat-trick. Callum Edwards had another shot well saved before Alex Moore’s in-swinging corner was deflected onto the bar as the Young Dragons ran out deserved winners.

“I though that’s as good as we’ve been in possession which is something we’ve wanted to improve on,” added a clearly delighted Chadwick. “As I continuously say, we’ve got a good group of lads who want to get better, learn, and develop. Final third, did we create enough and test their keeper enough? Probably not but I thought in terms of controlling the game, that’s the best we’ve been.”

Chadwick was full of praise for Hazeldine: “Keane’s just set his standard there as I’ve said to him. He’s had to play catch-up a little bit because he missed the early part of the season. He was excellent in training the back end of this week and deserved his opportunity to play. I loved his second goal because he worked hard out of possession to force the error and that’s part of his game that he needs to develop. He also showed some good touches and quality when he had the ball at his feet.”

Another to impress was Tom Kelly with Chadwick adding: “Tom’s been outstanding since I’ve been here. We know where we are with Tom. We’ve just got to wait and be patient with him physically but he’s developing as are all the lads to be fair. They’re really buying in to what we’re trying to do, working hard from Monday to Friday and you can see the evidence of that in the improved performances every Saturday.”

Manager's Programme Notes