Football

RAF U23s Footballers Lose To Future England Stars

They were beaten 4-1 by England U18s at the home of Oxford City Football Club.

The Royal Air Force under 23s football team have warmed up for the upcoming Inter Services championships with defeat to England U18s.

In the match held at Oxford City Football Club's Court Place Farm, the Young Lions came out on top with a 4-1 win.

The game provides preparation for the Air Force's Inter Services campaign in February.

The RAF took the lead when Joe Spalding found the back of the net.

He took advantage of confusion in the England defence to race on to a loose ball and rifle the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Minutes later, George Barber hit the post with a header as the forces team enjoyed a good start.

England hit back with a classy strike midway through the first half.

Reece Wylie and Michael Olayinka combined in the midfield before Ross Johnstone slipped in pacy forward Hans Mpongo.

RAF goalkeeper James Rutherford raced out to meet him but a tidy finish meant the scores were level.

Hans Mpongo's strike pulled the England team level in the first half.

Taylor Richardson soon put England in front, but the RAF kept coming.

Spalding tested the goalkeeper before Lewis Seddon curled a free-kick straight at the shot-stopper.

As the RAF pushed for the leveller, England looked to pick up the scraps.

Mpongo hit the post before Brad Santos converted a penalty to make it 3-1.

A fourth goal would come late on.

Carter Lycett found the net from just inside the penalty area to confirm the win.

The RAF will look to bounce back when they meet the Army at Aldershot on 5 February.