Broxbourne Borough U18s 1-0 Yeovil Town U18s: Alie Bangura's strike sets up FA Youth Cup fifth-round clash with Aston Villa as fairtytale continues Alie Bangura's strike opened the scoring for Broxbourne Borough in the first half
Yeovil pushed for an equaliser in the second period but Broxbourne stood firm
Manager Roy Bleau has developed a team that preaches technical ability
Broxbourne Borough now face Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup
By Amitai Winehouse For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:04, 11 January 2017 | Updated: 23:04, 11 January 2017
Even before Wednesday night's victory against Yeovil Town, Broxbourne Borough's FA Youth Cup run belonged in the pantheon of football fairytales.
Now it's hard to imagine even the Brothers Grimm coming up with a tale this strange. Broxbourne have gone against the grain of youth development in England, assembling a side that ranks among the 16 best in the country over the course of nine years.
Manager Roy Bleau has developed a team that preaches technical ability, achieves results and has somehow stayed out of the hands of the academy system.
<img id="i-f90473352235a856" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/01/10/20/3C05AA8C00000578-4106510-Broxbourne_Borough_s_Under_18s_side_take_on_Yeovil_Town_on_Wedne-a-36_1484080717924.jpg" height="476" width="634" alt="Broxbourne Borough's Under-18s side take on Yeovil Town on Wednesday - Back row: Jack Price, Nicky Moir, Dylan Bolister, Lewis Dickinson, Richard Oluwatoyin, Garvey Tulloch-Jordan, Nevile Namutenda, Christian Anuyagu, Alie Bangura, Kaine Myer. Front Row: Jay Batchelor, George Quarrington-Carter, Brandon Walsh, James Kelly, Frankie Chandler, Mark Omotobora, Joe Patrick" class="blkBorder img-share"/>
Broxbourne Borough's Under-18s side take on Yeovil Town on Wednesday - Back row: Jack Price, Nicky Moir, Dylan Bolister, Lewis Dickinson, Richard Oluwatoyin, Garvey Tulloch-Jordan, Nevile Namutenda, Christian Anuyagu, Alie Bangura, Kaine Myer. Front Row: Jay Batchelor, George Quarrington-Carter, Brandon Walsh, James Kelly, Frankie Chandler, Mark Omotobora, Joe Patrick
They have been crafted into one of the most formidable units in youth football, having played an age group up last season and still finished fourth in their division.
And that is why a packed Goffs Lane, with over 1,000 in attendance, witnessed one of the biggest upsets they could. Broxbourne's senior side sit bottom of the ninth tier. Yeovil Town's are 16th in League Two.
On the night it did not matter, not for the Under-18s. They triumphed 1-0.
From the moment Alie Bangura struck past the Yeovil goalkeeper in the opening exchanges, it became clear an upset was on the cards.
It was a swift start from a team that went into this game as one of football's best secrets and emerged from it as a side being spoken about across social media.
The game settled into a pattern. Broxbourne had a lead to protect while Yeovil needed to avoid an upset.
So Yeovil pushed. And Broxbourne broke. The clear cut chances did not come for Yeovil in the first-half.
But by the second they were on top and, understandably, the hosts found themselves trying to keep them at bay.
Which they managed to shock Yeovil and reach the fifth round of the Youth Cup.
Broxbourne's senior side play in the ninth tier alongside the likes of Tring Athletic, Hertford Town and St Margaretsbury but their youth team now face a fixture away against Aston Villa.
To face the Under-18s side of a team that was in the Premier League just last years is a stunning achievement even for an incredible unit that remains undefeated in the league this season. At this stage of the competition, most sides play at their actual stadium. Villa Park anyone?
That would seem like the natural conclusion to their dream run, but it would be a surprise if Broxbourne were ready to wake up just yet