Get to the City Ground and support the Young Terriers!
Town’s Under-18 side will be looking to become the Club’s first side to progress to the Sixth Round of the FA Youth Cup for almost 30 years on Tuesday night when they travel to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in a 7pm kick-off.
Not since the 1974/75 season has a Town youth team progressed past the Fifth Round stage and the current set of charges face a stiff test against fellow Under-18 Professional Development League 2 side Forest, who have only lost two games all season.
Town’s Under-18s, led by Professional Development Coaches Frankie Bunn and Tony Carss, have enjoyed a good season so far. As well as impressive FA Youth Cup victories away at Hartlepool United and Stoke City to reach this stage, the Terriers currently sit sixth in their 12 team division.
Bunn told htafc.com that everything is ready for Tuesday night’s big kick-off.
“Our players are excited about the game. They’ve had a good season so far, but we’d like to keep on progressing. It’s a big game for them, but they’ve dealt with the other two ties reasonably well – recording two great wins to get through at Hartlepool and Stoke.
“Everything about the game helps their development; the preparation for the game, going to a hotel for a pre-match meal, the presentation on the opposition; arriving at the ground on the coach, playing under floodlights. It doesn’t get any better than that.
“It would be fantastic to have Town fans there. Everyone is getting behind us, which is great because it’s the furthest the Club has been in the competition for a while. It’s another educational thing for the boys to have a bit of noise at the game and perhaps even a bit of barracking!
“Forest will be one of the toughest tests of the season. Stoke was tough too and we came through as underdogs, which we will be again against Forest. Hopefully we can replicate the result we got at the Britannia Stadium.”
Our equivalents from Nottingham Forest are managed by Steve Chettle and beat Town 4-1 in the first meeting between the two sides back in November at Canalside, with the hosts’ consolation coming from striker Rekeil Pyke.
Town’s youth team became the first side from Yorkshire to reach the final of the FA Youth Cup in the 1973/74 season, eventually losing to Tottenham Hotspur over the two legged final.
Coincidentally a home clash with Spurs or Bolton awaits the winners of Town’s game in the Sixth Round – click HERE
to view details on the draw!
Admission to the game is priced at just £3 for adults and £1 concessions and the Club is running a supporters coach to the game – click HERE for full info!