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Grimsby Town youth team win EFL North East Youth Alliance title

By Adam Smith

Grimsby Town youth team were crowned EFL North East Youth Alliance champions as they beat Lincoln City 1-0 at Cheapside.

Neil Woods’ side won the league title as Lennon Stead capitalised on a goalkeeper mistake to smash it home into an open goal in the 94th minute.

But that wasn’t the only moment of drama in the game – goalkeeper Ollie Battersby pulled off a brilliant save to keep out Lincoln’s second-half penalty.

And with the game goalless, the young Mariners sent their men forward – with four up front – as they chased the goal which could clinch the title.

And forward Lennon Stead gave them just that, with his Sergio Aguero-style goal which made it 1-0, and ultimately won the title for Town.

And, despite Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 away defeat to Notts County, Town did still need to beat Lincoln due to Doncaster’s superior goal difference.

The Mariners ended up as champions on 46 points, with a goal difference of +20, after 13 wins, seven draws, and just four defeats – the fewest in the league.

Second-place Doncaster finished as runners-up on 44 points, with a goal difference of +21, after winning the same amount of games as Town, but drawing five and losing seven.

Watch the highlights from Town's title-winning clash here.

We would like to thank everybody involved for their hard work in making this magnificent season possible!

Updated 10:01 - 7 May 2019 by Adam Smith

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Neil Woods on Grimsby Town Youth Academy's aims Grimsby Town youth team manager Neil Woods hopes the club’s academy can continue to produce players for the first-team over the coming seasons.
Grimsby Town U18s aiming to win EFL North East Youth Alliance title on Saturday Grimsby Town youth team could win the EFL North East Youth Alliance as they welcome Lincoln City to Cheapside on Saturday (10.30am).


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