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Under-18s host Blackpool in FA Youth Cup tonight

22 December 2021


Under-18s host Blackpool in FA Youth Cup tonight

22 December 2021

Cheltenham Town under-18s return to FA Youth Cup action as we host Blackpool FC in the Fourth Round at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium tonight (kick-off: 7pm).

Under-18s boss Pete Haynes is looking forward to testing his team at another stage in the competition.

"We are very much looking forward to the game. It's a fantastic opportunity for the players to continue to showcase themselves and also represent the academy," he said.

"They very much deserve the opportunity of round four because we played very well in the previous rounds. 

"We're well prepared for the game - the players preparation has been really good. It's a fantastic opportunity for them to reach the fifth round.

"It's really important that the players turn up and stick to their roles and responsibilities, and do all the fundamentals required of them. If they do that then we'll give ourselves a very good opportunity. 

"We've watched a lot of Blackpool. We're looking forward to a very competitive game. They're doing very well in their league and I'm sure it will be a really good game to watch and hopefully a good showcase of academy football as a whole."

Championship side Blackpool make the trip on the back of an impressive month for the Seasiders which has seen ten goals scored in just two games thanks to a 1-0 win over Huddersfield and a 9-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Blackpool compete in the EFL Youth Alliance Group B, sitting in fourth behind Salford City, Preston North End and Carlisle United but with three games in hand over the table toppers and an already superior goal difference.

Cheltenham’s last fixture saw a 3-3 draw against AFC Bournemouth at the training ground on Saturday, the first points picked up in EFL Youth Alliance action since a 0-0 draw with Oxford United in November.

This run was interjected by a 4-0 win at Rugby Town which saw the young Robins through to tonight’s fourth round fixture. 

Ticket prices for this evening's match are £5 for adults and £2 for under-18s and are available to buy on the turnstiles.

The winners of the tie will advance into the last 16 of the competition.

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