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U19’s | Clark keen to ‘get the job done’ after reaching cup final
Jack McGraghan
Author: Jack McGraghan

25th March 2022

Ben Clark says it’s up to his under-19’s to ‘get the job done’ after reaching the National League U19 Alliance Cup final on Wednesday.

A double from Nelson Ogbewe, either side of Eddie Thomas’ second-half strike, secured passage to the final two for Clark’s side in a 3-2 win over Chesterfield Blue at Inkersall Road.

The U19’s manager felt his side dealt with a different style to usual, saying: “It was a tough game.

“I was saying to the lads after the game that a lot of the teams we play against, it’s usually a good football match and they try to play, but Chesterfield were very direct and they were good at it.

“They caused us problems and it showed a different side to us that we’ve not really had to show this year where we’ve had to defend well and win our battles, and I thought the lads did that really well.

“The lads were really up for it on the way down, our preparation was good, and we had a game on Monday which took care of itself.

“We did everything right in and out of possession, we played on a lovely pitch at a good stadium, but we just want to try and get the job done and win it now.”

“We probably didn’t have as much control as we would have liked, but it’s a cup game so it’s about winning and we’re delighted.”

Clark’s side also sit top of National League U19 Alliance Division I by nine points with six games remaining, and recorded a 14-1 win over Pickering Town on Monday.

“I’ve said it before but we try to copy everything the first team do,” added Clark.

“I’m very lucky that I work with great people in the club like Mike, Busted, Louis and Chris.

“It’s important that we try to have a philosophy through the football club, obviously when you’re winning games everything is rosy, but there’s a really good feel-factor throughout the football club at the moment.

“We’ve got a league game on Monday now so we’ll put this to bed and enjoy this when it comes, because there’s no point winning the semi-final if you don’t go and win the final. 

“The lads are really enjoying coming into training, and the whole football club at the minute is a really good environment to be in.”

The National League U19 Alliance Cup final against North Leigh Under 19’s is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, May 4 at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium.

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