FA Youth Cup Preview | Wanderers v Derby County

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The Youth Team takes centre stage tonight (Monday) when they face Derby County at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

The young Whites meet Derby in the FA Youth Cup (KO 7pm) with the winners earning a trip to Manchester United in round three.

Julian Darby’s side set up a clash with the Rams by beating Blackpool 2-0 at Chorley’s Victory Park in the first round and their reward is the opportunity to try and progress at Wanderers’ home venue.

“The lads have just got to go out and enjoy it. It’s a fantastic experience to play on the pitch here and especially a night game,” said Youth Team boss Darby.

“Last year the current second-years had the good fortune of doing it against Accrington. It didn't come out our way then, but the lads have given themselves another opportunity this evening.”

While Wanderers play in the EFL Youth Alliance – and currently sit fifth in their group – Derby operate in the top tier of the U18 Premier League.

The Rams knocked out Mansfield Town in round one with Wanderers now seeking an upset to set up a meeting with record 11-time winners United before Christmas.

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“We’re under no illusions it will be a tough game,” added Darby – a former first-team coach at Derby.

“They're a Category One Academy and a top-half Category One side with some good players.  But it's a game you have to relish and not fear. We have some good players too, but they have to gel and work as a team.

“Let's see what happens on Monday night. Hopefully we can at least match them and the lads can come out on top.”

Tickets are on sale for the game, priced just £3 for adults and £1 for under-18s, and are available to buy HERE

Only block D in the Lower Tier of the Bolton Kia West Stand will be open for the fixture.

All seats purchased online will be sent, via email, as ‘Print at Home’/Digital tickets. Tickets can then either be printed off via the attached PDF or downloaded to Apple Wallet for iPhone users or Google Wallet for Android users.

Those supporters who need wheelchair access or accessible seating will need to call the Ticket Office on 01204 328 888 or visit us in person.

We encourage all supporters to buy their seats in advance, although the ticket office will be open in the run up to kick-off at 7pm on match day.

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