Tomorrow night marks a major landmark in the club returning to competitive fixtures, since the Covid pandemic shut down football back in March, as the Youth Team is set to compete in the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round.
The Youth Team will travel to Wythenshawe Amateurs on Tuesday evening hoping to recreate the success of last seasons historic club double, when both the Youth Team and the First Team both made it to the First Round Proper.
The details are as followed for tomorrow evening.
FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
Wythenshawe Amateurs vs Nantwich Town
Tuesday 8th September 2020 – 7.30pm Kick Off
Hollyhedge Park, Altrincham Road, Sharston, Wythenshawe, M22 4US
Admission – £2
The bar is also open to spectators.
In a slight change of rules in the qualifying competition of the FA Youth Cup, the match will now go straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes, which will be a relief to Nantwich Town who had to suffer 3 bouts of extra time in last year’s competition.
Youth Team Manager Steve Parker gives his preview of the game tomorrow night.
“It’s always been a privilege to be involved in the FA Youth Cup, and this year I take the team as manager for the first time. I personally have had some memorable nights with the club in this competition Rochdale, AFC Fylde, Tranmere Rovers and last year’s trip away to Oldham Athletic to mention just a few teams we have come up against in recent years.
As I squad we have prepared as well as we possibly can. Coming out of COVID has been difficult for us all in so many ways, but when lads haven’t been able to kick a ball for nearly 6 months getting up and going was really important. The squad have trained hard With a number of friendlies behind us we have merged well together, mentally and physically we are prepared.
Last season’s cup run was a very memorable one with the 3 qualifying rounds all going to extra time, to describe as nerve killing would be an understatement. A last-minute winner in extra time against Ashton United, a penalty shootout out against FC United and two late goals in extra time against Harrogate Railway near turned the whole of the coaching team grey. To top it off an away tie to Oldham for the first round proper was a great experience for the lads and capped an excited cup run.
From that squad last season I have 7 lads remaining and eligible to play in this year’s team. Hopefully the experiences the lads went through last year will help the incoming members of the squad.
Myself, Matt Ashcroft (Assistant Manager) and Lewis Sherwin (Coach) have worked with the lads in the build up to this game and we believe in these lads they have worked hard and they are ready to give their all for Nantwich Town.
We look forward to Tuesday night and appreciate all the support on offer to them, whether that’s from the stands or cheering them on by following the live twitter feed, hopefully we will do the club proud.”
Nantwich Town Youth Team Manager