THE Young Brewers were pleased with Friday’s hardworking performance against Grimsby Town, which was rewarded with a second clean sheet in a row and a 1-0 win.
The Mariners sat top of the EFL Youth Alliance heading into the match at St. George’s Park, while Albion had won their previous two games.
A first-half goal from Nat Morley secured the victory, while the Young Brewers produced an impressive hardworking performance to keep out Grimsby, producing a number of other chances and goalkeeper Oliver Fairbrother making a couple of good saves when required.
Professional Development Phase Coach Sam Rose was impressed by the work rate of the side, which helped them to a third successive win.
He said: “The most pleasing thing for us was the clean sheet. That is our second clean sheet in a row. We are pleased that the lads outworked Grimsby, we blocked and tackled, chased and pressed to deny them whenever they got into our box.
“It was a really good performance, starting with our front two. The forwards worked really hard and reduced the amount of work that the players behind them had to do.”
Goalscorer Nat Morley said: “I was pleased with the performance and to score a goal. It was good to help out the team. I have to give credit to Ollie for a clean sheet and it was a great shift from the boys overall.”
Goalkeeper Ollie Fairbrother said: “We are always happy to keep a clean sheet. For a goalkeeper, it reflects on us well. I think you have to give credit to the boys, defending every ball. First ball, second ball, we were there and ready. All in all, I thought that we controlled the game well.”