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Cheer on the U23s at Leyland tonight

22 August 2016

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Under-23s boss Damien Johnson hopes the club's new home venue of Lancs FA at Leyland will see more supporters come and cheer on the younger lads.

After several successful seasons at Leigh Sports Village, the development squad will play their first Premier League 2 home match at the County Ground against Middlesbrough this Monday evening, kick-off 7pm.

Johnson believes more fans turning up to support the Under-23s will provide a better matchday environment for the players, and help to give them a taster of what it is like playing at a higher level.

"We are really pleased to move to Leyland," said Johnson.

"Leigh has been a good home for us but it is a distance from Blackburn, you think it is a home game but it is a good hour there.

"So to be more local is definitely something we all wanted and hopefully it can be a good home for us and the lads can enjoy their football.

"The big hope is that people come along and have a look at the lads coming through. It is good for them if they know the are people watching them as it adds a little bit of pressure as well and that is more closer to replicating what they are going to be exposed to in a first team environment.

"So with us being at the Lancs FA now if more people come along it will be terrific for us.

"It is a good pitch and a great facility so I'm sure it will be a good home for us, and the most important thing is that it is more local, that is a big thing for us.

"So the more people come the better and hopefully we put some good performances in for those that come along."

Season ticket holders can see tonight's match at Leyland for free on production of their season ticket cards. General admission prices are £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions.

Directions to the Lancashire FA County Ground can be found here.

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