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U18s in FA Youth Cup action tonight

Billy Barr's side travel to Tranmere this evening, kick-off 7pm

1 November 2017

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Rovers Under-18s get their FA Youth Cup campaign underway against Tranmere Rovers this evening.

The first round tie takes place at Prenton Park, kick-off 7pm. Admission is £4 for adults and £1 for concessions (over-65s and under-18s).

While this will be Rovers' first game in the competition this season, Tranmere have come through qualifying matches at Nantwich and Spennymoor Town, winning 1-0 on both occasions.

Head coach Billy Barr is expecting a tough game, but he hopes his young side can rise to the challenge and progress in the competition.

“It’s a difficult draw,” he said. “Tranmere are top of their league and they’ve not conceded many goals this year.

“We know the staff, we know the way they work and they’ll be organised. They’re top of their league for a reason, because they do things right.

“So it will be a really difficult game, but we’ve prepared our way and hopefully on the night we can be better than Tranmere and come out on top.

“I’m sure from their side, they’ll be ramping it up a little bit and they’ll try to get about us. They’ll have seen that we’ve had some bad results, but even in those games there have been certain performances that we’ve been happy with.

“We’ve just been very young and with that comes a little naivety, so our job as staff is just to try and calm them down, not let them get too excited by the term Youth Cup and hopefully concentrate on the game plan.

“This is a proper game and it’s part of their development. It’s a cup competition and you have to win the tie, whether that be in 90 minutes, extra-time or penalties.

“They’re playing in a stadium, under lights, in front of a crowd and there’s going to be more of our people there and a lot of them will be seeing the boys play for the first time, so there’s that added pressure.

“We’ll be saying ‘just go and play your game, play the way we know you can and show people how good you are’. It’s a challenge, but hopefully it can be rewarding.”

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