U18 Preview: Saints vs Norwich

By SFC Media time Fri 09 Dec Saints vs Norwich
Photo by Isabelle Field | Will Merry

Southampton’s Under-18s team return to league action after their dramatic FA Youth Cup tie victory, as they host Norwich City in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday.

THE MATCH
Saints vs Norwich City
U18s Premier League
Staplewood Campus
Saturday 10th December, 11:00 GMT

After playing 120 minutes of a thrilling FA Youth Cup tie last weekend, the young Saints resume their league campaign in their penultimate game before Christmas.

A strong side was fielded for the 3-2 win over Coventry City as Dom Ballard scored a hat-trick, which included the last gasp winner in extra time to see his side advance.

The win sees the Under-18s extend their good spell of form to six games unbeaten in all competitions.

With the B team's scheduled Premier League Cup game on Saturday postponed, there may be a chance that a similarly strong side steps out at Staplewood to face the Canaries.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: PL2 match between Southampton B and West Bromwich Albion on Friday 12th August 2022, at Snows Stadium, Totton, Southampton, England. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Southampton FC via Getty Images) Photo by Chris Moorhouse
Dom Ballard starred in last week's FA Youth Cup tie

Norwich are currently level on points with Saints in the league table, but find themselves two places lower on goal difference.

With nine points from nine league games, Greg Crane's side are in 10th position and winless in five matches after suffering back-to-back 3-0 defeats away from home.

LAST MEETING

In the 2021/22 edition of this fixture, the eventual title-winning Saints side were on top form and came away with a 5-0 win when Norwich visited Staplewood.

Matt Carson, Dom Ballard, Rylee Wright, Jem Hewlett, and Jimmy-Jay Morgan were all on the scoresheet in a five-star performance.

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