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Seize the opportunity, says Sheron

Rovers Under-18s are in action at Ewood Park in the FA Youth Cup against Gillingham tomorrow night

4 December 2018

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Professional Development Phase Assistant Coach Mike Sheron ways Rovers Under-18s must grab their chance with both hands when they take on Gillingham Under-18s tomorrow night.

The young Blues made memories in the FA Youth Cup last term as they reached the quarter-final stage of the competition before suffering defeat to Blackpool at Ewood Park.
 
Rovers will come into the competition in round three this time around, with Gillingham making the long trip up from Kent.
 
The Gills have already beaten AFC Wimbledon away in round one before breezing past Cheltenham Town in the last round, hammering the Robins 4-0 away from home.
 
“It’s been a promising season so far, one which we’ve encouraged the players to perform. For us, it’s about helping players onto their next stage rather than finishing high up the league," Sheron began when speaking to iFollow Rovers.
 
“The lads who did well for us last season in the FA Youth Cup have stepped up into the Under-23s at times and have been a part of Damien Johnson’s side.
 
“We had an encouraging run in the competition last season in what was a pressure situation under the lights at Ewood Park. I know the manager watches all the Youth Cup games, so it’s an opportunity to catch his eye.
 
“We have ideas about who will and won’t succeed. It’s a chance to play at Ewood Park and another step on that ladder.
 
“Let’s show what we can do. The players are looking sharper and quicker. They are focussed coming into the game, which is good to see."
 
And Sheron adds that the youngster have to learn from last season's mistakes, insisting Rovers won't be taking their opponents lightly on the night.
 
“It’s a great opportunity, but it’s also a banana skin for us. Gillingham are a category three club and we were beat by a category three club in Blackpool last season," he said.
 
“A lot of careers have started through the Youth Cup. It’s been a great starting point and these games are a reward for how players have progressed. We need to embrace this."

Tickets for supporters are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Supporters will be housed in the Jack Walker Lower for the game.


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