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Front pair on target as Blues Under-21s win

Posted: Thu 21 Jul 2016

Jack Storer

Goals by Ronan Hale and Jack Storer gave the Blues Development side a 2-0 victory at Mickleover Sports.

In a hard fought friendly, Connal Trueman saved a penalty to preserve Blues' two-goal cushion.

The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division hosts were certainly motivated for the game and Richard Beale's boys had to stand up for themselves.

"It was a case of having to scrap and earn the right to play, on a difficult pitch," reflected Beale. "We knew it was going to be that type of game against a big, physical team, and the lads were not found wanting.

"I was pleased with them. We looked to get shots off early, crosses into the box early and we played with good width."

The pairing of Hale and Storer (pictured) proved decisive for Blues, with both goals coming in the first-half.

Hale chased down the Mickleover goalkeeper after a backpass, won the ball and cracked a shot from an angle that hit the crossbar and rebounded for Storer to stick away.

Then it was Storer's turn to provide when the goalkeeper miscued a clearance; he slid a pass to Hale who nudged the ball home first time.

Mickleover thought they would get a lifeline after a foul by Luke Maxwell, but Trueman made a superb stop from the resulting penalty.
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