23/24 FA Youth Cup Match Preview: Hartlepool United

Guiseley Academy host Hartlepool United’s under-18s in the FA Youth Cup third qualifying round on Wednesday 18th October, with kick-off being at 7:00pm, writes Samuel Wright.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the night at the turnstiles priced at £3 adults, £2 concessions/U18s and £1 U11s.

The Lions’ Academy side have been flawless in their FA Youth Cup campaign so far scoring 21 goals without reply in their three games to date.

This includes a 4-0 triumph over Worsborough Bridge Athletic (Preliminary Round),an emphatic 10-0 win against Tadcaster Albion (first qualifying round) and a 7-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity (second qualifying round)

Hartlepool’s youth side ply their trade in the EFL Youth Alliance North East Division where they currently sit in second place.

Ian McGuckin’s young Pool side defeated Blyth Spartans 5-1 in the second qualifying round of this competition.

Academy Manager Dave Currie believes the upcoming encounter will be a challenging contest where his young side will have to show plenty of spirit in order to advance in the competition.

Currie said: “It is going to be a tough game for us. We have to go in there and just give it a go. We are not under any illusions that it will be an easy game, but we have to show some fight and show some character, work hard and hopefully get the result that we require.”

“We have done well (in the FA Youth Cup) so far. We have played well but I still think we can play better.”

Currie also confessed that he is a big fan of the FA Youth Cup competition and believes it is a great opportunity for young players to make a name for themselves and elevate their career.

“The FA Youth Cup is a great competition. It is excellent (the experience) and we always look forward to it.”

“The players know how much it means and there have been a lot of players who have moved on from the Academy and the catalyst for that has been the FA Youth Cup.”

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