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Aston Villa FA Youth Cup Preview

15 December 2014

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The Spireites youth team has made it to the third round and lock horns with Premier League giants Aston Villa at the Proact Stadium tonight.

All fans are invited along to the 7pm kick-off, as the young Spireites face the biggest game of many of their lives. Admission on the turnstile is £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.

Tonight's hosts reached this stage after strong performances against non-league opposition in the first two rounds, defeating Stocksbridge Park Steels at home and then AFC Fylde away, both by 4-1 scorelines.

Chesterfield are flying high in the league this season, and have also done well in recent friendlies, winning 4-2 away at Rotherham United before a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United last Friday.

However, they face a formidable opponent in 2002 FA Youth Cup winners Aston Villa, and the Villa set-up has also reached the final in 2004 and 2010. 

The Villains, like the Spireites, are doing well in their division, having won five and lost just one of their last seven games, though they did lose 12-2 earlier in the season to Chelsea.

Villa coach Tony McAndrew has promising forwards Rushian Hebburn-Murphy and Harry McKirdy at his disposal and at the other end England under-17 defender Easah Suliam. 

The winner of tonight's match has been drawn to play away at either Leicester or Wigan Athletic in the fourth round.

Speaking ahead of the game, academy director Gerry Carr was looking forward to what promises to be a memorable evening at the Proact.

He said: "It will be a good occasion for everyone involved and we'll certainly be competitive.

"Obviously, we'll be the underdogs, where as in our previous two games we've come through having been the favourites ourselves.

"We're looking forward to the night and it will be good experience for our lads to play on our first team home pitch under the lights against such a big team.

"Hopefully it will be a good atmosphere. We'll have all our young academy teams here supporting us, a lot of parents and there should be a good crowd in as well.

"Number one is for us to be competitive in every game we play, trying our best and showing some pride in the jersey."

Those unable to make it along to the Proact Stadium tonight can follow the game live via full match commentary on Spireites Player, with minute-by-minute text coverage on Twitter and score updates on Facebook.

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