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England C 0-1 Belgium Under-21s

Paul Fairclough
England C boss Paul Fairclough was delighted with his side's performance

England C lost the International Challenge Trophy final 1-0 to Belgium Under-21s at Oxford on Tuesday.

Club Brugge striker Brecht Capon scored the only goal in the second half from the edge of the area.

Grays' Ishmael Welsh almost forced extra time late on, but his shot was cleared off the line.

The non-league select featured three non-Blue Square Premier players - Alfreton duo Liam Hearn and Paul Clayton and Droylsden's Sean Newton.

Adam Bartlett, who has just been released by Kidderminster and played in the Blue Square Premier play-off final defeat for Cambridge as an emergency loan, played the full 90 minutes in goal for England.

Hosts Oxford were represented by striker James Constable.

Midfielder Nicky Wroe played his last game for England C for the time being, following Torquay's promotion to the Football League.


England C: Bartlett [unattached], Densmore [Altrincham], Geohaghon [Kettering], Charles [Ebbsfleet], Laird [Stevenage] (Newton [Droylsden] 76), Penn [Kidderminster] (Welsh [Grays] 77), Wroe [Torquay], Byrom [Stevenage] (Fleming [Wrexham] 56), Tomlin [Rushden]; Constable [Oxford], Clayton (Hearn [both Alfreton] 69).
Sub not used: Cronin [Ebbsfleet].

Belgium Under-21s: Mignolet; Kitoko (Lella 85), Dachelet, Biemans (Kage 90), Cabeke; Villano, Kurns, Odjidja Ofoe, Nainggolan, Mujangi Bia; Capon (De Wilde 86).
Subs not used: Coppens, Van Gijseghem, Coppin.

Attendance: 2842.

Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales).



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