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Young Imps defeat Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands

The Young Imps are currently on tour in the Netherlands, in partnership with the League Football Education and Erasmus Plus.

3 August 2019

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Lead PDP Coach Tom Shaw was impressed with his young Imps side who came back from 1-0 to beat Sparta Rotterdam U19 3-1.

The Dutch side finished in the top six of Holland’s top youth league last year with their squad featuring a number of internationals such as Elayis Tavsan and Mohammed Tahiri.

Summer arrivals Nathan Odokonyero and Lewis Inglis were on the scoresheet for Lincoln with Odokonyero scoring a brace in the Imps’ impressive comeback victory. 

Shaw explained how his side deserved to win the game for their efforts: “Our boys showed real Lincoln City quality with a refusing to lose mentality. We were grinding them down with our attitude and application and we scored three excellent goals.

“It was an impressive win against a top Dutch side so to play how we did and win 3-1 is a credit to the group and the football club.”

The former England C international continued by discussing the benefits of the U18 squad's tour: “The trip has been fantastic and the way we have been looked after has been great.

“The boys are doing the club proud, they are being polite and respectful around the hotel and complex. 

“We have tried really hard working both on and off the pitch with high standards which will help develop the lads as people and players. We have focused on being a team and the social side of football, they are definitely feeling the benefit of it and there is a real click around the group. 

“We have really come together, we had a Lincoln’s Got Talent night where the boys performed some songs and brought out some dances. It has helped people gain confidence in the squad.

“We’ve also had a quiz night which has allowed some lads to show some intelligence and some not so much, but the boys have come together and that’s important because they will need each other over the next few years.”

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