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Kids to get game-time against the Toon, says Barr

Billy's admitted that he'll likely have some Under-16s playing today

24 February 2018

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Rovers Under-18s chief Billy Barr believes he'll "go with the youngest team we've been in a long while" ahead of Saturday's clash with Newcastle United.

Barr saw positive signs despite losing at West Brom last time out, but with the FA Youth Cup battle against Blackpool just a few days away, none of the starters for that game will be risked against the Magpies.
 
And that means there will be a host of even younger players being given the opportunity to impress Barr and his partner in crime Mike Sheron, ahead of Newcastle's trip.
 
“We’ll go with the youngest team we’ve been in a long while, potentially starting every Under-16s and even contemplating an Under-15 as well mainly because of the Youth Cup game coming," Billy said honestly when looking ahead at the game.
 
“Newcastle are a good footballing team, with threats up front. It’ll be a great test for our boys and is against a good calibre of team they’ll be coming up against next season.
 
“The opportunity is there to get themselves a place on the bench for the Youth Cup test on Wednesday night."
 
A win against the 9th placed Magpies could take Billy's side off the bottom of the Under-18s Premier League table, but only if Wolves fail to win against Liverpool.
 
Barr's side will take confidence in the fact they have already beaten Newcastle in the league this season, having won the barnstorming clash in the north-east 4-3.
 
The clash against the Toon Army takes place on Saturday 24th February, kick-off 12.30pm at the training ground.

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