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Six sixes for U18s

Our Under-18s scored six goals for the sixth time this season as they toppled Reading 6-2 in the Premier Academy League on Wednesday.

Our Under-18s scored six goals for the sixth time this season as they toppled Reading 6-2 in the Premier Academy League on Wednesday.

Tom Carroll (pictured) led the way with two goals with further strikes from Paul Jose M'poku, Dean Parrett, Jake Nicholson and Alex Pritchard.

The lads have now scored an incredible 91 goals in 27 matches in the PAL this season - 12 more than the next top scorers, Leicester City.

And there is another noteworthy statistic from the PAL.

With one match remaining against Chelsea at home on Monday, the team already have enough points (56) to have won both Group A and Group C. Victory against Chelsea would take them level on points (59) with Group D winners Nottingham Forest, with a better goal difference.

Unfortunately, the team is in the same group as Leicester City, who boast the outstanding record of the PAL this season.

The Foxes have completed the season unbeaten with 22 wins in 28 matches and 72 points - a minimum of 13 points better than the other three divisional winners.

Back to the win against Reading and coach Alex Inglethorpe was delighted with what he described as 'an oustanding team performance'.

"We pressed Reading well and that's something we spoke about beforehand," said Alex.

"We needed to play from that strong base and we did it well, we were very energetic and aggressive in winning possession.

"When we had the ball, we had to keep it and we knew then we'd create chances. We played well as a team and that was reflected in the goals we scored."

The lads were 4-0 up at half-time, stretched it to 5-0, then 6-1 and finally 6-2.

Alex reported: "The first goal came from Paul Jose M'poku's cross and Alex Pritchard showed great awareness to shift the ball to Tom Carroll, who finished well.

"Nathan Byrne was pushing on from full-back, was released by Dean Parrett and hit a first-time cross that Paul Jose stuck away for the second.

"Paul Jose was involved in the third, playing in Tom who had the quality and awareness to lift the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

"The fourth came from another good move, this time Zaine Francis-Angol got forward down the left and showed great skill to beat two defenders and cross for Tom who in turn set-up Dean Parrett to finish.

"Jake Nicholson scored the fifth goal just after the hour with a strike from the edge of the box and I'm delighted for him because it's an area he gets in a lot and he knows he has to be a specialist from that distance, so he's worked hard at it.

"The sixth goal saw Laxte Dombaxe do well with a cross on the run and Alex showed an amazing touch to backheel it home.

"It was a fitting end to the game - there were a lot of stand-out performances."

Spurs U18s: Archer (Jansson, 89); Byrne, Butcher, Durojaiye (Tapping, 46), Francis-Angol; Pritchard, Nicholson, Parrett, Carroll, M'poku (Dombaxe, 70); Bostock.