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England C Lose International Challenge Trophy Final

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England C were no match for a strong Slovakia under 23 side as they lost 4-0 writes Tom Feaheny.

Paul Fairclough’s side faces a team including players at clubs like Benfica, Sampdoria and Lille.

Boreham Wood keeper Grant Smith was called into action early and made a fine save stopping David Ivan’s header, he then made another fine save stopping Lukas Skovajsa’s free-kick from just outside the area.

England responded with Dag & Red’s Fejiri Okenabirhie’s effort being parried by the hosts keeper to Maidenhead United’s Sam Barratt but he couldn’t get his shot past a host of defenders.

Slovakia just before half-time were a goal up when a cross found Filip Orsula who did well to control the pass with his chest and his shot hit the turf and bounced in. It was nearly two when a penalty was awarded but Lubomir Satka hit the crossbar, Paul Fairclough’s side were then reduced to ten men with Andrew Cartwright sent off for a tackle on Ivan.

Moments into the second-half Slovakia went 2-0 up with Ivan firing a low effort in, it was then 3-0 with Michal Fasko placing a shot past Smith.

York City’s David Ferguson delivered two crosses that caused the hosts problems with Aldershot Town’s Jake Gallagher forcing a save with a powerful header.

But Slovakia were to add a fourth when Wolves’s Christian Herc was found at the back post and headed in.

England C nearly got a consolation when Ebbsfleet United’s Jack Powell hit a free-kick against the wall but his follow up strike glanced the side netting.


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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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