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Notts U18s 4-0 Bradford City U18s

21 November 2016

Notts County Under 18s got back to winning ways with a 4-0 rout over Bradford City in the EFL Youth Alliance North East at Highfields.

Sam Osborne opened the scoring before Alex Howes doubled the advantage.

Further strikes from Osborne and Remaye Campbell added gloss to the scoreline.

Head of academy coaching Dan Leivers said: "It was a great way to get the boys back on track after two tough results and then a weekend with no game.

"Sometimes you come out of games saying the scoreline flattered us but that wasn't the case - 4-0 was a deserved scoreline."

Osborne got the ball rolling with a calm finish from Campbell's pass just inside the penalty area.

Osborne then turned creator, sliding a pass to Howes, who fired the ball across goal and into the far corner from a tight angle.

It was 3-0 before the break with Osborne getting his second of the game, picking up a loose ball and driving forward before slotting past the goalkeeper.

Notts were well in control with a different approach to recent weeks clearly paying dividends, as Leivers explained: "We decided to change our game plan a little and get ourselves in good tactical shape. We wanted to be well organised and we know our attacking players will light it up in the final third.

"To be fair to the lads they've applied themselves to the plan really well and tried to eliminate risk."

Bradford's offside trap denied Osborne, Campbell, Tamar Clayton-Naute and Louis Robinson opportunities to extend the lead.

However, the young Magpies would add a fourth goal - a deserved reward for Campbell's performance. He headed in Dom Brownhill's excellent cross to round off a good day's work for Leivers' team.

Starting XI: Searson-Smithard, Cobain, Dunn, Brownhill, Richards, Dearle, Clayton-Naute (Robinson), Howes, Campbell, Gibbons (Towers), Osborne.

Unused subs: Hall, Ebanks, Bugg.

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