A late goal from Jesse Deevers gave the Wolves under 18s a maximum return from their clash with Middlesbrough at Compton Park last weekend.
Coach Mick Halsall was delighted with his team’s showing as they bounced back from the previous week’s 5-0 reversal against Everton.
Mick said: “The players responded very well after the disappointment of the previous game to deservedly beat Middlesbrough although it took a last minute goal to do so.
“It was a close affair all the way through after both teams started well and looked to play with a good tempo to their game. We took the lead through Dylan Stringer-Moth (pictured) after good work from Ibrahim Keita down the right side. From his cross, Cieron Keane knocked the ball back for Dylan to finish in the six yard box.
“We kept the momentum up and should have gone further ahead through Keita but he could not finish from what was a good chance.
“Boro then equalised and the game once again became very open with both teams playing some good football. We created some more half chances with Ryan Rainey heading wide from a corner and Keita not being able to finish with a header. Keane also had a thunderous shot that hit the bar from around twenty yards out just before half time.
“After the break I thought we took the game to them creating chances again which should have been taken. Keita, again, could have finished better although the Boro keeper pulled off a great save from him at the end which led to our winning goal.
“Stringer-Moth took the corner conceded playing the ball short to Ben O’Hanlon. He cut inside the full-back and ran to the by-line before hitting a low cross that was touched home by Jesse Deevers, who had come on earlier as a substitute.
“I felt that our players performed well both individually and collectively. It seems to be that when we play the so called bigger teams our lads have to believe in themselves more than they have done so far this season.”