Select Page

Wickens keeps third consecutive clean sheet

George Wickens kept a third consecutive clean sheet in a man-of-the-match performance as Wealdstone held Wrexham to a goalless draw in Wales yesterday afternoon.

The on-loan Fulham goalkeeper made a string of excellent first half saves as the hosts failed to score for the first time this season. He did brilliantly to deny Aaron Hayden and then tipped over Ben Tozer’s header and palmed away a Luke Young drive in quick succession. Wickens was less regularly troubled in the second period as the Stones battled to a well deserved point. The England youth international has now kept seven clean sheets for Wealdstone this season.

Connor McAvoy, who extended his loan spell with Wealdstone until the beginning of January, put together a composed display at the heart of the visiting back four as Wealdstone kept one of the division’s most dynamic attacks at bay.

McAvoy extends Wealdstone loan until January

Fulham defender Connor McAvoy will remain with Wealdstone until January after the National League outfit extended his loan this afternoon.

The teenage centre half initially moved to the Stones on a month’s loan in October but Wealdstone manager Stuart Maynard moved quickly to keep hold of the Scottish youth international after McAvoy’s excellent start at Grosvenor Vale.

Maynard told Wealdstone’s official website: “Connor’s come in and has been a revelation. You all saw from that tackle at Barnet last weekend that effectively won us the game. He will have a real chance to contribute across a busy festive period. We’re delight to keep him on board and thank Fulham for their continual work they do with us.”

McAvoy enjoyed a dream debut when he scored his first senior goal at Weymouth and has helped a resolute Wealdstone defence keep clean sheets against Grimsby and Barnet.

McAvoy joins Wealdstone on loan

Fulham defender Conor McAvoy has signed for Wealdstone on an initial one-month loan deal.

The Scottish under 19 international, who has been with Fulham since the age of eight, helped Steve Wigley’s under 18s side win the Premier League south title and has become a regular in the under 23 starting line-up over the past couple of seasons. McAvoy, who has made eight appearances and scored three times at under 23 level so this season, will go straight into Wealdstone’s squad for their meeting with Weymouth tomorrow.

He joins Fulham goalkeeper George Wickens on loan at the Stones.

Fulham U23s fightback to see off Newcastle

Fulham’s under 23s fought back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United at Motspur Park this afternoon thanks to three second half strikes.

The young Whites were keen to return to winning ways after being beaten at Wolves last Monday but made the worst possible start in the Surrey sunshine. Joe White threaded a gorgeous ball through the heart of the home defence and Dylan Stephenson galloped away from Terence Kongolo to slot his sixth goal in as many games past Taye Ashby-Hammond in only the second minute. Fulham quickly fashioned a response wih the lively Jay Stansfield shooting fractionally wide after making an opportunity all for himself, before Matthew Bondswell bravely blocked the young striker’s shot after Steven Sessegnon had surged into the area and supplied a cross.

Kongolo’s comeback lasted just forty minutes before he limped off with another injury, but Fulham almost forced an equaliser before half time. Max Thompson produced a magnificent save to keep out Ziyad Larkeche’s effort and, from the rebound, Marlon Fossey found Terry Ablade in the area but Charlie Wiggett arrived in the nick of time to snuff out the danger. Fulham kept up the tempo after the resumption with Ollie O’Neill denied by another smart Thompson stop, before the home side were presented with a glorious chance to equalise. Eight minutes after the break, Bondswell made a dreadful hash of an attempted backpass and Terry Ablade had the simplest of tasks to fire past a helpless goalkeeper from ten yards out.

Steve Wigley’s side suddenly had the momentum. They went in front midway through the second half when Stansfield’s low angled drive nestled in the bottom corner from sixteen yards. It was a clinical finish after the ball had broken to him on the right angle of thea area following fine approach play from Sonny Hilton. The hosts made sure of the three points when Conor McAvoy powered home a Hilton corner at the near post eight minutes later. Fulham’s under 23s are now three points clear of Norwich at the top of the PL2 table.

FULHAM UNDER 23s (4-2-3-1): T. Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Larkeche, McAvoy, Kongolo (Odutayo 40); S. Sessegnon, Pajaziti; Hilton, O’Neill, Stansfield; Ablade (Harris 77). Subs (not used): Adams, Williams, Tiehi.

BOOKED: S. Sessegnon, Hilton, McAvoy.

GOALS: Ablade (53), Stansfield (65), McAvoy (73).

NEWCASTLE UNITED UNDER 23s (4-3-3): Thompson; Barrett, Bondswell, Young, Wiggett; Anderson (Brookwell 62), Savage, White; Longelo, Wilson (De Bolle 82), Stephenson. Subs (not used): Banda, Scott, Ferguson.

BOOKED: Bondswell, De Bolle.

GOAL: Stephenson (2).

Fulham U23s held at Villa

Fulham’s under 23s were held at Aston Villa tonight – having to settle for a point against the league leaders despite taking an early lead through Conor McAvoy’s second minute spot kick.

Steve Wigley’s side gifted early pacesetters Villa a route back into the contest when Caleb Chukwuemeka capitalised on a mix-up between Taye Ashby-Hammond and the visiting defence to reach a through ball first and roll the equaliser home after rounding the Fulham goalkeeper. That meant that the sides went in level at the break despite the Londoners having the better of the first period.

Fulham made the perfect start when Terry Ablade was brought down by Paul Appiah and Lamare Bogarde in the box with just thirty seconds on the clock and McAvoy made no mistake from twelve yards, emphatically firing the penalty right down the middle of Viljami Sinisalo’s goal. The Whites had good chances to make it 2-0 after Ablade was denied a second spot-kick with Sonny Hilton striking the post after a well-worked move.

Villa had already threatened through Tristan Goodridge before Chukwumeka’s equaliser and both sides attacked with renewed purpose after the interval. Ollie O’Neill and Ablade both headed fractionally over before a brilliant piece of defending from McAvoy prevented Chukwuemeka from scoring his second of the evening when the Villa forward looked set to race through on Ashby-Hammond.

Hilton shot straight at Sinisalo after linking up impressively with Ablade, before McAvoy scrambled Chukwumeka’s header off the line as Villa put the Fulham goal under serious pressure. The young Whites did have chances to win it in the closing stages with Luke Harris firing wide after fine work from Ablade down the right flank and Hilton narrowly missing the target with an angled drive.

ASTON VILLA UNDER 23s (4-3-3): Sinisalo; Appiah (Zito 59), Swinkels, Feeney, Bogarde; Lindley, Thorndike, Iroegbuman; Goodridge, Reddin, Chukwumeka. Subs (not used): Sewell, Hart, Tommi O’Reilly, Marschall.

BOOKED: Iroegbuman.

GOAL: Chukwumeka (32).

FULHAM UNDER 23s (4-2-3-1): T. Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Larkeche, Odutayo, McAvoy; Pajaziti (Bowie 67), S. Sessegnon; Hilton, O’Neill, Harris; Ablade. Subs (not used): Las, C. Robinson, Davis.

BOOKED: Odutayo, O’Neill.

GOAL: McAvoy (2).