Saints Under-23s are back in Premier League 1 after winning at St Mary’s last night

Dan N’Lundulu was denied what would have been a sensational solo goal by a tremendous save before giving Saints took a 39th-minute lead.

A weak punch clear from a Tyreke Johnson corner fell to the striker, who headed in the opener from six yards.

Saints doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Jake Vokins' chip to the back post, was headed across goal by Johnson only to deflect in off a defender.

Owen Bailey set up a tense finish by firing past Jack Rose but a brilliant block by Christoph Klarer ensured Saints held on.

Radhi Jaïdi’s side were also Premier League International Cup semi-finalists this season.

SAINTS U23s: Rose, Klarer, Jones, O’Driscoll, Vokins, O’Connor, Slattery (Hamblin 80), Ramsay, Smallbone, N’Lundulu (Barnes 70), Johnson (Olufunwa 96).