U18 Preview: Saints vs Fulham

By SFC Media time Fri 30 Oct Saints vs Fulham
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton’s youngsters return after a week away to Under-18 Premier League action on Saturday, with Fulham visiting Staplewood Campus.

THE MATCH

Saints vs Fulham
U18 Premier League
Staplewood Campus
Saturday 31st October, 11am GMT

It’s Paul Hardyman’s side’s first outing since their emphatic 8-2 win over Leicester City at Staplewood two weeks ago.

Sam Bellis was the star of the show with a superb hattrick, alongside a double from Kazeem Olaigbe and further efforts courtesy of Goran Babic, Jack Turner and Diamond Edwards.

Saturday’s opponents are enjoying a near perfect start to the new season, winning four and losing just one of their opening five games.

Last time out the second-placed Cottagers beat Aston Villa 3-0 away from home; Luke Harris with a double either side of the break and a penalty courtesy of Adrion Pajaziti.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Southampton players celebrate Kazeem Olaigbe goal  during the Premier League U18 match between Southampton U18 and Leicester City at Staplewood Training Ground on October 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints celebrate during their 8-2 thrashing of Leicester.

LAST MEETING

Saints and Fulham met in February of this year in the U18 Premier League, the Cottagers winning 3-1 at Staplewood.

Jay Stansfield scored a double either side of the break, before Oliver O’Neil added a third just past the half-hour mark.

Turner added a consolation for Hardyman’s side with five minutes to go in what was their penultimate home game of the season.

The result meant Fulham were well on their way to finishing top of the Southern U18 Premier League ahead of the season being curtailed in March.

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