ALFIE Jones’ goal wasn’t enough to prevent Saints Under-23s being comfortably beaten 3-1 by their Wolves counterparts.

It was a huge blow in terms of their Premier League 2 Division Two campaign, as Wolves leapfrogged them into first place.

The U23s could have gone five points clear of their promotion rivals, who also have a game in hand, but are now hoping for a slip-up.

Playing at Molineux Stadium, Niall Ennis gave the hosts an early lead when he struck home from close range in the ninth minute.

However, Saints soon found themselves level thanks to a goal from Jones.

The defender headed home from a corner in the 23rd minute but took a knock from the Wolves goalkeeper in the process.

Radhi Jaidi’s side was then dealt a hammer blow on the cusp of half time.

Austin Samuels took full advantage of a defensive error at the back to slam the ball into the roof of the net past Harry Lewis in goal.

Things went from bad to worse for Saints 15 minutes into the second half as Wolves extended their advantage.

Ennis surged forward, passing Saints players on his way, before finding the bottom corner from outside of the area.

Jaidi’s youngsters have just three games remaining to regain their place at the top of the PL2 table.

Their final league matches are against Norwich, West Brom and Sunderland.