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Match Preview | FA Youth Cup second round

15 November 2022

Shrewsbury Town under-18s welcome Rochdale under-18s to Montgomery Waters Meadow for their FA Youth Cup second round tie on Wednesday night.

The game will kick off at 19:00.

Blocks 5, 6 and 7 at the southern end of the Roland Wycherley MBE Stand will be open for the fixture.

Ticket prices are as follows and this fixture will be pay-on-the-gate only:

Adult - £3

Concessions - £1

Under-12s - Free 

Salop progressed past their first opponents with ease, putting six goals past Sutton Coldfield Town under-18s without reply. 

Harvey Kirby-Moore opened the scoring before Cammron Morris (2), Theo Knight, Dennis Antal and Travis Hernes rounded off the convincing victory.

Rochdale advanced to the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over York City following a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Darren Ehimamiegho put Dale ahead midway through the first half at the Crown Oil Arena before Alex Hernandez equalised on half-time.

Town and Rochdale play in the EFL Youth Alliance League Group B.

Tomorrow night's visitors sit bottom of the table with one win and eight defeats from their nine league games.

Shrewsbury on the other hand, are currently in fourth place with 16 points from their opening seven league games - with two games in hand over the top three. Salop have the second-best points-per-game ratio in the league, with only league leaders Fleetwood Town possessing a better ratio.

When Shrewsbury travelled up to Bower Fold Stadium to face Rochdale in early October, they came away with a 1-0 win. Kirby-Moore was the scorer, but Town felt hard done by to only come away victors by a single goal after dominating the match but facing a valiant defensive display.

This, and a brilliant start to the season, will give Town confidence as they head into tomorrow night's fixture.

Fans attending the game can park at Montgomery Waters Meadow for free on Wednesday night.

Head of coaching Liam Eaton said:

"It's a brilliant fixture for us because these are the games we get excited about. These are brilliant occasions for the players, staff and academy as a whole playing at the stadium. All the academy age groups will be there and we really hope the public comes and support these boys as well because they really need it.

"We feel like we can do something really good in the game. The season has been brilliant so far and the lads have done extremely well. They are switched on, they don't look complacent. They are ready for Wednesday.

"It's a brilliant occasion and I encourage everyone to come and watch. If the lads are going to play first-team football, it's not all about what we do on the pitch, they need to experience the atmosphere too. Please come down if you can and give our players the atmosphere to prepare them for the first team games when those come around."

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