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Lads back in FAYC action

Posted on 10 February 2009  - 12:00

Our Under-18s step back into the spotlight with an FA Youth Cup fifth round tie at Plymouth on Wednesday night.

Lads back in FAYC action

Our Under-18s step back into the spotlight with an FA Youth Cup fifth round tie at Plymouth on Wednesday night.

It's a clash of two form teams with the home side having lost just once this season in the Puma Youth Alliance South-West Championship - matching our record in the FA Premier Academy League - and that was last time out against Exeter.

Our lads returned from the heat of finishing an impressive third in the prestigious Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico to snow at Spurs Lodge last week and haven't played domestically since beating MK Dons in the FAPAL back on January 17.

A 2-0 success that day made it eight wins in the last nine games with Charlton put to the sword at the Valley in the fourth round of the FAYC on January 14.

"I know Plymouth's coach Mike Pejic and he will have them very well organised, fit and and they will be up for it," said coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"When you look at their catchment area, their nearest competitor is 50-odd miles away, so they have the pick of every good young kid in the South-West of England. They will be a good side and have our full respect."

The lads won seven of eight games in the Copa Chivas in Mexico but conditions will be far removed at Home Park from their last outing against Chivas in Guadalajara, where temperatures touched 90 degrees.

"We will have to adapt in exactly the same way as we adapted to those conditions in Mexico," added Alex.

"The pitch will be heavy, we know that and we know Plymouth will play in a different style to teams we regularly come up against so we'll make sure we're up for that challenge.

"We are at our best when we face those types of challenges and it's a one-off game, so we can't afford to get it wrong."

The match kicks-off at 7pm and will go to extra time and penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.