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U21s emerge victorious over Derby County

Stoke City striker Nathan Lowe.
Academy graduate Nathan Lowe.

Stoke City's U21s secured a 2-1 win over Derby County in the Premier League 2 at the Loughborough University Stadium on Friday.

The Potters went ahead through Dara McGuinness’ strike just five minutes before the break, before Nathan Lowe doubled the club's lead after getting on the end of a low cross from Tom Sparrow to make it 2-0 at half-time.

The Rams got a goal back in the closing stages of the game when Cruz Allen fired a powerful effort past Tommy Simkin, but the visitors did enough to hold on and secure all three points on the road.

Alex Morris' side will next be in action when they face Leek Town in the semi-finals of the Staffordshire Senior Cup at the F. Ball Community Stadium on Tuesday 19 March, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm GMT.