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Under-18s: Lapworth on a memorable night against Arsenal

19 December 2019

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Despite exiting the FA Youth Cup at the third round stage cruelly on penalty kicks, under-18s goalkeeper Freddie Lapworth was still full of praise for his team's showing against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The second year scholar kept a clean sheet against the Gunners attack in a night where Pete Haynes' team came so close to knocking out one of the big teams in this year's competition at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Lapworth, who is currently out on loan at Southern League Division One Central side North Leigh to gain match experience, was impressive once again, making a number of important saves in the first half to keep the Gunners attack at bay.

"For us to reach the third round and draw one of the biggest clubs in England is brilliant," he said.

"This season in the league we're a bit on and off but in the Youth Cup we've been fantastic.

"To take Arsenal to 0-0 at 120 minutes, to take them to penalties, is kind of David and Goliath.

"For us to be able to do that sums up what everyone has been doing - all the hard work - not just the players but also the staff behind the scenes."

Watch a full interview with Lapworth discussing the game, how pleased he's been to work with under-18s goalkeeper coach Adam Deeley this season, and his loan spell at North Leigh and the influence that has had on his performances.

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