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U18s Take On Port Vale On FA Youth Cup

29 October 2019

Town's U18s welcome Port Vale to the Montgomery Waters Meadow in the FA Youth Cup.

The game will be played on the stadium pitch on Wednesday 30th October with a 7 pm kick-off. Admission is via Block 1 and Block 2 and costs just £3 and £1 for concessions.

It gives the U18s a good test early on the in this year's FA Youth Cup, a competition that Town will be hoping to do well in this season.

The FA Youth Cup sees the Premier League and Championship enter the competition and the clubs from lower down the leagues will hope to get the chance to tests themselves against.

ShrewsWeb sat down with Academy Manager David Longwell to look ahead to the Port Vale game.

"It's an excellent opportunity for the boys, like the times before, of playing at the stadium which is a bonus", said David.

"I think it is good that the club allows the boys to play in the stadium for these games.

"Obviously it's the biggest game of the season for them as with the FA Youth Cup there is always a bit more attraction and incentive for people.

"We are really looking forward to it, the boys have been working hard, and I think they are prepared and ready."

With the game being against Port Vale it brings a local rivalry to the game. The sides have met already this season in the FA Youth Alliance Cup so know a bit about each other.

"We've played them already this season, and we play them again next Saturday, so we know them, and they know us", said David.

"It will be a tough game as they like to play football, as we do and we like to press so it will be an interesting game on the night.

"It's about the boys enjoying it and not let the occasion get too much for them, and go out there and do the best they can do.

"If the boys play to their maximum, there is a good chance that they can go through.

"We have watched them and know a little bit about them, we try to do analysis on every game as it's important to prepare the boys the best we can.

"It's the same as the first team do so we try to mirror that, we've done a lot of work on just watching them, analysis them and try not to leave any stone unturned.

"We give the boys the best chance we can and then it's up to them on the night.

"You also have to be adaptable as we would expect Port Vale to change things around a little bit, our philosophy is that we've tried to give them that mindset where they can adapt to anything that goes on in a game."

The FA Youth Cup sees teams from all levels of the pyramid having the possibility of playing anyone if they progress. The bigger clubs come into the later rounds, and it is an incentive to progress.

"We could have got a so-called easier game against one of the lower team, but we have Port Vale who are in the same league as us", said David.

"It will be tough and a tight game, but we are confident that if we can try and get through.

"The incentive if we get through is that they get the chance to get into the next round of the cup and who knows how they draw will go.

"They have got to the first round, last year they, unfortunately, didn't so hopefully this season they can do better."

David is hoping that Town fans will come down to give the U18s their support on Wednesday night.

"We've invited all the Academy kids to come down with their parents to watch the game, which is good as it gives them an incentive", said David.

"We are looking for any supporters who can come down and give the boys a bit of support.

"The last time we played on the Meadow in the Whitchurch game, the support was excellent, apart from the result.

"If we can get support like that it will be beneficial for the boys and help them on.

"The supporter we get at the weekend is excellent so if we can get that on Wednesday night that would be great."

 


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