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MATCH PREVIEW: CITY UNDER-18s v STOKE CITY UNDER-18s

12 December 2019

City's Under-18s continue their 2019/20 FA Youth Cup campaign, this evening, hosting category-one Stoke City. 

Mark Trueman's side secured their place in the third round with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Carlisle United's Brunton Park - after extra-time - on Monday November 11. 

The young Bantams are looking to return to winnings ways after a friendly defeat to Salford City, on Saturday. 

We have compiled a Match Preview full of all the key information you need ahead of tonight's 7.00pm clash.

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

TICKETS 

Supporters are asked to pay for their admission to tonight's clash on the turnstiles. 

The gates at the Utilita Energy Stadium will be open from 6.00pm, with supporters set to be housed in the bottom tier of the JCT600 Stand (West). 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £3

Concessions - £1

THE OPPONENTS

Managed by former Crewe Alexandra defender Richard Walker, Stoke's category-one under-18s side reached the fourth round of last season's FA Youth Cup, losing on penalties to Everton. 

The young Potters currently sit third in the Under-18 Premier League North division, behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

FORM GUIDE

City's under-18s are looking to re-discover their recent form, after remaining undefeated throughout October. 

A young side were beaten 3-0 by EFL Youth Alliance North East division leaders Doncaster ROvers, last time out. 

The Staffordshire team are in a rich vein of form in the Under-18 Premier League North division, and are unbeaten since October 26. 

The young Potters are looking to record their fifth-straight victory, in all competitions. 

City: LWWWDL

Stoke: WWWWLL

THE LAST ROUND

City booked their place in the third round with a dramatic last-gasp victory at Carlisle United. 

Harvey Rowe's winner - with two minutes of extra-time remaining - saw Mark Trueman's side secure a 3-2 victory at Brunton Park. 

Carlisle United Under-18s 2 (Charlie Barnes 2', Jamie Armstrong 66')

Bradford City Under-18s 3 (Kian Scales 25’, Dan Francis 56’, Harvey Rowe 118')

Monday November 11th 2019

Attendance: 270

City: Tom Donaghy; Hayden Smethurst ©, Jorge Sikora, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Reece Staunton; Eliot Goldthorp (booked 128’), Kian Scales (Cole Roberts 110’), Olivier Sukiennicki (Wade Ripley 69’); Daniel Francis, Connor Morris (Harvey Rowe 90’), Charlie Wood. Subs (not used): Oliver Norman, Connor Shanks, Jonathan White. 

Carlisle: Isaac Robinson; Charlie Barnes (booked 29’), Charlie Birch, Tom Wilson ©, Elliott Day; Liam Lightfoot (DJ Taylor 81’), Adam Walton (Ryan Swailes 75’), Jamie Armstrong, Lewis Bell (Lewis Rooks 111’); Ethan Henderson (Kyle Soper 65’), Taylor Charters. Subs (not used): Gabriel Breeze; Lewis Rooks, Roan Steele, Keelan Leslie.

MATCH COVERAGE

The club's official Twitter feed will provide live updates throughout the contest, with a full match report and reaction with lead professional development coach Mark Trueman to follow.

WEATHER

A wet night could be in store for the encounter, with over a 50 per-cent chance of rain accompanying temperatures of around 5°C.


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