By Guy Habbin
After an exhilarating start to the season the U18 squad find themselves in a great position going into the final stages of the season.
Although the team departed the FA Youth Cup relatively early against Ely City, the season has only seen one league loss so far and has the side in second position in the league with all to play for.
In this time we have also seen Josh Lowe make his first team bow and several other members of the squad make the step up to train with the first team.
The first part of the season has seen the departures of Ben Lymer and Alex Milward, but during the winter break the team has been boosted by the signing of Adam Capel from Histon and the emergence of Sam Goode, Harry Farrow and Harvey Simpkins stepping up from Mike Kitson's U16 side.
Since taking three points at home against Ely mid December the side have had to wait until Wednesday evening to fulfill another league fixture with a 2-1 away win against Royston Town. The game was a very hard fought battle with both sides fielding only one 2nd year player each and between three to five U16 players each also.
Although Royston had some good early pressure City looked dangerous on the attack and on 28 minutes some good combination play between Harry Farrow and Alex Lyratzopoulos gave Lewis Ebanks the opportunity to put the away team ahead.
Royston were not be phased though and came back with Emmanuel Loye looking particularly dangerous in attack.
Nassim Osman was introduced early in the second half and it was Osman who got the second goal, a sweet delivery into the box from Jake Crow was turned towards goal with a deft flick from Harvey Simpkins, the goalkeeper could only parry though and Osman was at hand to smash the ball into the back of the net.
The final ten minutes became a tense affair when Royston pulled one back but City were able to hold out and claim the three points.
The boys are in action again at 7:45pm Wednesday night at Huntingdon when they entertain Newmarket Town in a top of the table clash.
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