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Back in November, with just one win from the first six games of the season, the under-23s beat Fulham 2-1 with goals from Max Thompson and Joel Mumbongo to lift us off the bottom of the league.

Albeit having played more games than all but leaders Leeds, we go to Fulham in fifth place knowing that a win or even a draw will temporarily move us into third place in a league where the winners will gain automatic promotion with the next four taking part in the end of season play-offs.

Looking back to that win against Fulham, it was probably the strongest team we’d turned out at that stage of the season. Richard Nartey (pictured) played ahead of him signing on the following day. He partnered Bobby Thomas, currently on loan at Barrow, in the centre of defence. More experienced players were involved such as Anthony Glennon and Josh Benson and it’s been like that, more or less, since which has helped build the momentum with us now having won a further six games.

Coach Steve Stone admitted: “We struggled for the first four or five games while we came to terms with the bodies that we had with Covid. The team was probably too young at the time. We’ve added some strength in depth in Richard Nartey, and Anthony Glennon has played a lot this season.”

Fulham are currently tenth but just five points behind us with a game in hand. They’ve been beaten in each of their last two games but by Wolves and Stoke, two of the teams above us. Their last win was on 19th February when they beat Sunderland 2-0 at the London School of Economics. Both goals were scored by Fabio Carvalho who is currently the division’s joint leading goalscorer, alongside Aston Villa’s Louie Barry, with ten goals.

This afternoon’s game kicks off at 1 p.m. at the London School of Economics.

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