Lewis Bate was the hero for Chelsea Under-18s as they won 1-0 at Southampton Under-18s in the Under-18 Premier League this morning.

The combative midfielder netted the game’s only goal midway through the first half as Ed Brand’s side continued their superb start to the new season.

Chelsea were close to opening the scoring early on but Armando Broja could not find a way beyond home keeper Oliver Wright before the same player fired wide when robbing Saints defender Pascal Kpohomouh of the ball.

Brand’s side broke the deadlock midway through the half when Bate took aim from 25 yards out and the ball flew into the net.

Wright then saved another Broja effort before Marcel Lewis stuck a shot just wide of goal as the first half ended 1-0.

The second half saw Tino Livramento’s cross diverted just wide by Broja while Wright pulled off a good save to deny Henry Lawrence.

Roland Idowu had the home side’s best chance to score but failed to hit the target before Broja and Blues substitute George Nunn were denied by Wright late on as the match ended 1-0 in Chelsea’s favour.

Brand’s side are back in action next Saturday when Aston Villa are the visitors to Cobham in the Under-18 Premier League.