YOUTH: United travel to Bolton on Saturday

After four consecutive home games, the Under-18s are on the road on Saturday morning as they face Bolton Wanderers in the Youth Alliance League.

Following last weekend's 3-2 defeat against Blackpool, Mark Birch's side will be aiming to get back on track with five league games remaining.

Anton Dudik and James Walsh were United's goalscorers against the Tangerines.

After the loss, United have slipped down to 10th in the table on 23 points after playing 21 games.

A look at the opposition: Bolto

YOUTH: United 2 - 3 Blackpool

United's under-18s fell to a 3-2 defeat against Blackpool in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday morning despite goals from Anton Dudik and James Walsh.

Mark Birch's side took on Blackpool at Creighton in the Youth Alliance league, looking to make it four victories in a row and maintain their unbeaten home record in 2024.

It was Blackpool who dominated the early exchanges of the game repeatedly testing Jacob Barry in the United goal. The visitors also had the luxury of the wind behind their

YOUTH: United take on Blackpool at home

United under-18s host Blackpool on Saturday morning in their next fixture of the EFL Youth Alliance League.

After three consecutive victories against Rochdale, Preston North End and Oldham Athletic, Mark Birch's side will be looking to pick up another three points this weekend.

A brace from Anton Dudik secured United a 2-1 victory over Oldham at Creighton last weekend, a result which saw the Blues make further progress in the league table and move up to ninth.

From their 20 games played, Unit

YOUTH: United 2-1 Oldham Athletic

The under-18s made it three victories in a row after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 on Saturday morning at Creighton, courtesy of a brace from Anton Dudik.

United headed into the game with the expectations of another positive performance following home wins against Rochdale and Preston North End.

With only two minutes played, Robbie Swinburn had a great chance to break the deadlock after he closed down an Oldham clearance and was left one-on-one with the Oldham 'keeper, but he was den

YOUTH: Oldham at home on Saturday

The Under-18s host Oldham Athletic on Saturday morning at Creighton as Mark Birch's side look to record a third successive victory in the Youth Alliance League.

United were 2-1 winners against Preston North End last weekend with Romeo Park and Robbie Swinburn on the scoresheet as United maintained their unbeaten home run in 2024.

United have moved up to 10th place in the Youth Alliance League following the win at Creighton last weekend, sitting on 20 points after 19 games played.

Oldham are c

YOUTH: United 2-1 Preston North End

United's under-18s maintained their unbeaten home record in 2024, as they defeated Preston North End 2-1 at Creighton on Saturday morning.

United headed into the game full of confidence following their gritty 3-2 triumph over Rochdale last weekend, despite Preston occupying top spot in the league table.

The opening exchanges of the game saw both teams remain very cautious when in possession, with the majority of the action occuring in the middle third of the pitch.

It was the visitors who cre

YOUTH: Preston at home this weekend

The under-18s face Preston North End on Saturday in their next fixture of the Youth Alliance League.

A brace from Romeo Park and a goal from Robbie Swinburn gave United a 3-2 victory over Rochdale to remain undefeated at home in 2024.

The result saw United jump up a place to 11th in the league on 17 points after 19 games played.

After recording their fifth victory of the campaign, United will be looking to record back-to-back victories for the first time since August.

A look at the oppositio

YOUTH: United 3 - 2 Rochdale

United's under-18s got back to winning ways after three defeats on the bounce against Rochdale AFC after a brace from Romeo Park and a winning goal from Robbie Swinburn saw United win 3-2 on Saturday morning at Creighton Rugby Club.

Mark Birch's side came into the game on the back of defeats against Wrexham, Blackpool and Shrewsbury and would be looking to start strongly and impose themselves against Rochdale.

Things didn't go as planned for United as after a cagey opening 10 minutes between t

YOUTH: United at home on Saturday morning

The Under-18s are back in action on Saturday morning as they host Rochdale AFC in the Youth Alliance League.

After starting 2024 with a 4-3 victory over Morecambe, United have since lost their last three matches against Wrexham, Blackpool and Shrewsbury.

United remain in 12th place on 14 points after playing 18 games this season with a record of four wins, two draws and 12 losses.

A look at the opposition.

Rochdale occupy sixth place in the Youth Alliance League, with eight wins, one draw an

ACADEMY: U15's progress in the Floodlit Cup

Goals from Amaru Smith, Caleb Comp and William Rafferty saw United to a 3-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra in the Floodlit Cup.

United created the first chance of the game after Smith chased down a long ball forward in which he took around Crewe goalkeeper Luke Unsworth, before trying to find Ted Thomson in the box, but the Crewe defenders managed to get back and clear the danger.

Minutes later United goalkeeper, Shaun Petry made a great save to deny Will Holt from opening the scoring for the

YOUTH: Shrewsbury 1-0 United

United's under-18s were defeated on the road in their latest EFL Youth Alliance League game, as an 85th minute goal from Shrewsbury was enough to seal the three points for the hosts in Shropshire.

Mark Birch's side made the long trip aiming to return to winning ways following two defeats in as many games against Wrexham and Blackpool.

The Blues’ side began the game strongly, playing some free-flowing football and applying some pressure on the Shrewsbury defence.

Salop then began to go through

YOUTH: Previewing our trip to Shropshire

The under-18s travel to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow for their next fixture in the EFL Youth Alliance League (1pm kick-off).

After winning the first game of the new year 4-3 against Morecambe, United have endured two losses against Wrexham and Blackpool.

Two second-half goals from the Seasiders saw Carlisle fall to a 2-0 defeat last time out. The Blues did have the ball in the back of the net from Freddie O’Donoghue, but the assistant referee had flagged for offside.

Mark Birch’s side sit 12th in

YOUTH: Blackpool 2 - 0 United

United's Under-18s were on the end of a 2-0 defeat against Blackpool in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

Two second-half goals from the hosts secured all three points in Lancashire.

The first-half action consisted of chances few and far between before Blackpool began to apply some pressure on the United defence after hitting the woodwork five minutes before the interval.

United remained defensively compact and battled through to the break with the scoreline remaining goalless.

Seven minutes af

YOUTH: A trip to Blackpool on Saturday

The Under-18s are on the road this Saturday to face Blackpool in the Youth Alliance League.

Last time out, United were on the end of a 4-1 defeat away to Wrexham, with Freddie O’Donoghue scoring United’s goal.

After 14 games played this season, United sit on 14 points with four wins, two draws and eight losses.

A look at the opposition

Blackpool are seventh in the Youth Alliance League with 17 points on the board after 11 games.

The Seasiders have won five times this season, with tw

YOUTH: Wrexham 4 - 1 United

United's under-18 side were on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat on Saturday morning away at Wrexham in their latest game of the Youth Alliance League.

It was the hosts who dominated proceedings scoring the opening goal after 20 minutes, when a cross from out wide was nodded home by the Wrexham forward to give them the lead.

In the closing stages of the first-half, two quick-fire goals from Wrexham saw the North Wales side take a 3-0 lead into the break giving them a firm grip of the game.


YOUTH: A look ahead to the trip to Wrexham

The Under 18s are on the road this weekend as they travel to face Wrexham on Saturday in their second Youth Alliance League game of 2024.

Mark Birch's side will be looking for back-to-back wins following the 4-3 victory against Morecambe last weekend.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Wrexham, Birch said: "The result against Morecambe was a very positive one for us.

"We know there are a lot of games left to be played this season and we now have to build on the performance last weekend into the ga

YOUTH: United 4-3 Morecambe

Goals from Romeo Park, Jake Allan and a brace from Freddie O'Donoghue saw United claim the three points from their first Youth Alliance League game of 2024 against Morecambe.

The early exchanges of the game were shared between both sides, with neither side really creating any clear-cut chances. United's first chance of the game came 15 minutes into the game when a United free-kick in a threatening area was hit narrowly wide by Jake Allan. Thomas Randall was called into action soon after, when h

YOUTH: Morecambe next up

Mark Birch's under-18 side host Morecambe this Saturday in their first EFL Youth Alliance league game of 2024.

Aiming to get back on track

In the final game before Christmas, United were on the end of a 2-0 defeat away at Oldham Athletic.

Prior to three defeats in as many matches, the Blues beat Salford City 6-2 at home and will be looking to get back to winning ways.

United currently sit tenth in the Northwest Youth Alliance League on 11 points after 12 games, winning three games this seaso

Youth Team Report | Dale 1-1 Blackpool

An equaliser in the 98th minute from George Nevett saw Dale hold league leaders Blackpool to a 1-1 draw at the Crown Oil Arena in the Youth Alliance League.

The Youth Team came into the game knowing it was going to be a difficult challenge facing up against table toppers Blackpool and after eight minutes, the visitors showed why they are top of the league.

A free-flowing move on the right followed up by a teasing cross into the box found the head of Blackpool forward Zak Littler, who headed th

Youth Team Report | Accrington Stanley 1-0 Dale

Dale fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Stanley Sports Hub as a first-half goal from the hosts was enough to take all three points.

The game began quietly with neither side really threatening the opposition goalkeepers.

Kevin Dos Santos had two early chances on goal denied by the Accrington shot-stopper, one effort from distance and the other inside the 18-yard-box.

The hosts found the breakthrough after 16 minutes as their striker latched onto a through ball and chipped it past the encroaching figu

Youth Team Report | Dale 2-1 Port Vale

It was a return to winning ways at the first time of asking for the Youth Team last night, as they beat Port Vale 2-1 in their Youth Alliance League fixture, thanks to goals from Joe Cunningham and Paul Kyffin.

Dale started the game the better of the two sides with Zak Greenwell and Darren Ehimamiegho both forcing excellent saves from the Vale goalkeeper.

However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Vale worked it well into the box and the ball sat up nicely for a voll
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