The U17’s lost 5-2 away to LNER in the league cup.
A bare bones squad arrived in Sudbury in the filthiest of weather with a bare 11. They started well and dominated possession but found it hard to break through 2 excellent opposition center backs. They spurned a couple of half chances and then seemed to have earned a penalty but the fill in LNER coach/referee felt the pressure and said no. They paid the price after 30 minutes following a defensive midfield error and scored from their first chance. The Dragons though responded well and finally the swift striker broke free and finished his one on one with aplomb. The second half started poorly and again individual errors cost them at the back. It was quickly 3-1 and the coach switched to a 3-5-2 which could have been done earlier. The shape improved and quickly they equalised through the second striker, again finishing a one on one well. The number 9 then had a great chance to draw level but clipped the bar again when clean through. As if to prove a point, the Dragons then made two more howlers at the back and the game was lost. The young dragons need to learn to eradicate individual errors, this game was one they should have won.