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U18s handed defeat

Our Under-18s suffered only their second defeat in 10 matches with a 4-2 reverse at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Our Under-18s suffered only their second defeat in 10 matches with a 4-2 reverse at Aston Villa on Saturday.

It might have been a different story if the lads were awarded a penalty when it looked like Harry Kane's goalbound effort was handled with the score at 3-2 in the 75th minute.

However, appeals were waved away and Villa wrapped up the points with a fourth goal on the break.

Unusually, the lads started slowly and went behind in the eighth minute when Derrick Williams headed back from a corner and Kofi Poyser nodded home.

Jamie Butlter also made a couple of fine saves in the opening period but the lads started to get into their stride and levelled when Paul Jose Mpoku crossed for Ryan Fredericks to finish from close range midway through the half.

Villa hit a key goal on the stroke of half-time when Ryan Simmonds chipped home but the team remained confident of turning the game around with a strong wind in their favour in the second half.

Kudus Oyenuga was denied one-on-one but there was another blow in the 63rd minute when Villa extended their lead to 3-1, Tomos Roberts setting up Jason Lampkin.

That kick-started our best spell. Dean Parrett's driving run set up Kane to finish clinically from 12 yards just four minutes later, Mpoku headed a good chance over and then the controversial 'handball' incident.

Despite that good spell, the lads couldn't find an equaliser and Villa capitalised on the numbers pouring forward with a match-winning fourth goal on the break via Gary Gardner.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe said: "We started poorly and didn't really adapt to the windy conditions but having said that, fought back well and deserved to equalise.

"That made the goal we conceded just before half-time - and the manner of it - even more disappointing.

"We deserved to come back to 3-2 and then we have the handball incident, where everyone on the pitch seemed to think it was a penalty.

"We're very disappointed to lose and although some players came out of the game with credit - Calum Butcher played his first 90 minutes of the season, so that was great - overall, our mistakes were punished and there is no getting away from it."

Spurs U18s: Butler; Waller-Lassen, Butcher, Durojaiye (Francis-Angol, 56), Byrne; Fredericks, Nicholson (Blackwood, 64), Parrett, Mpoku; Kane; Oyenuga (Carroll, 65). Unused subs: Miles, McBride.