U18 Report: West Brom 2-2 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 08 Apr West Brom v Southampton
Photo by Naomi Baker | Harry Hamblin
Sat 08 Apr 12.00PM
U18 Premier League
West Bromwich Albion
2
Southampton
2
Clayton-Phillips [30' 35]
Hale [3'] Obafemi [75']
Venue: West Bromwich Albion Training Ground | Attendance: 0

Southampton Under-18s earned a point on the road against West Bromwich Albion in their latest league fixture.

Despite taking an early lead through Harlem Hale, Saints were pegged back by a first-half Nick Clayton-Phillips brace before Michael Obafemi then netted on 75 minutes to earn a share of the points.

It was a quick start for Craig Fleming’s men at West Bromwich Albion's training ground, and they soon had the ball in the net. Hale worked space on the flank to fire across the box and in off Bradley House’s far post to take the lead.

Ben Rowthorn almost doubled the advantage on 20 minutes. The midfielder surged forward into acres of space and unleashed a fine drive from distance, but it flashed wide of the post.

The hosts soon found their way back into the game, though. Saints failed to clear a corner, which sparked a melee in the area and Clayton-Phillips pounced to tuck in from close range of the half-hour mark.

Just five minutes later Clayton-Phillips had another. Once again he was first to react inside the penalty area and headed in past Alex Cull to put the Baggies ahead at the break.

Saints came out fighting after the interval and almost drew level immediately. Christoph Klarer met Will Smallbone’s in-swinging free kick inside the box, but was unable to keep his volley down.

Clayton-Phillips then responded and had two chances to complete his hat-trick. His first strike was blocked by a mass of Saints bodies before Cull then denied him with a fine one-on-one stop.

Fleming moved to make his first change of the afternoon just after the hour mark, as Jonathan Afolabi replaced Harrison Davis.

It took until 75 minutes for Saints to find a leveller. Substitute Afolabi’s cross wasn’t cleared properly and Obafemi rifled the loose ball into the roof of the net from six yards out.

Obafemi then almost sealed all three points just minutes later. Having beaten the offside trap he watched on as his left-footed volley bounced clear off the post to ensure a share of the spoils.

West Bromwich Albion

1
Bradley House (GK)
2
Dan Meredith
3
Robbie McCourt
4
Jack Chambers
5
Jordan Piggott
6
Panagiotis Artymatas
7
Aram Soleman
8
Sam Wilding
9
Rayhaan Tulloch
Taylor Morrison (68′)
10
Sameron Dool
11
Nick Clayton-Phillips
13
Bobbie Biddle
12
Kieran Holsgrove
14
Kevin Healy
15
Mylo Hall
16
Taylor Morrison

Southampton

1
Alex Cull (GK)
2
Yan Valery
3
Javen Siu
4
Harry Hamblin
5
Aaron O'Driscoll (C)
6
Christoph Klarer
7
Harrison Davis
Jonathan Afolabi (67′)
8
Ben Rowthorn
9
Michael Obafemi
10
Will Smallbone
11
Harlem Hale
13
Adam Parkes
12
Jonathan Afolabi
14
Oliver Gardner
15
Daniel Bartlett
16
Christian Norton
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