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YOUTH TEAM: FA Youth Cup Sheffield United Preview

24 November 2015

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The Spireites youth team return to FA Youth Cup action tonight, hosting local rivals Sheffield United at the Proact Stadium in the second round.

All supporters are welcome to attend the match, which kicks-off at 7pm, with tickets costing £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, all payable on the turnstile.

After narrowly edging past a spirited Stourbridge side 3-2 in round one the category three Spireites host the Blades in what promises to be a hotly-contested second round match.

Academy manager Mark Smith gave his FA Youth Cup thoughts: "They're a category two club who rely heavily on producing their own players so we know we're up against an established youth development football club and it's going to be tough.

"The FA Youth Cup is always important for the kids. It's away from the norm and as soon as the FA Youth Cup gets mentioned in a sentence it takes on a bit more significance."

Last season the youth team beat Aston Villa in a 3-2 thriller before falling to Premier League side Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium, and Smith is dreaming of a similar run this time around.

"The players are really looking forward to it," he commented. "We do things slightly different in the build-up to the cup games so the players can see that it's a game with a little bit more riding on it. 

"They're looking forward to it and if we can do anything like we did last season then it'll make for quite a run.

"It's a derby game and we know quite a few people at Sheffield United because they're a local contact for us. They've helped us in the past by sending players our way.

"It's going to be a little bit spicy and with it being out on the pitch at the Proact it should be a great evening."

Team News

Unable to postpone Saturday's fixture away at Rotherham United, the majority of the first team were rested from the weekend fixture. The team have no new injury concerns going into the FA Youth Cup second round game.

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