Previewing our FA youth cup 5th round tie against Norwich:
Our under 18’s continue their FA youth cup run, with the home visit of Norwich tomorrow evening. The game will be played at Stevenage Boroughs home ground, the lamex stadium, and John Mcdermott’s side will be looking to continue their fine run of form when they face the canaries on Tuesday evening. After two comprehensive victories in rounds three and four, the young Lillywhites haven’t really been tested thus far, although they have been in very good form in the under 18 premier league so far this season. Tomorrows match will provide a stern test for this talented group of players, Norwich have a good academy set up and have some talented players in their ranks. Left winger Glenn Middleton is a real talent, I saw him play against our under 21’s side at the Lane last season, the then schoolboy was superb on the wing his a really tricky winger and a big prospect. In addition, striker Benny Ashley-Seal is another one to watch, along with Middleton he has featured in the canaries under 23 side this season and will provide a threat up top. However, our under 18’s side are one of the best in the country and I feel as if they have the ability to go all the way this year, and get their hands on the trophy. The last time Spurs won the FA Youth cup was in 1990, after defeating Middlesbrough 3-2 on aggregate.
Players that were part of that victorious youth team include, Ian Walker, Warren Hackett, Neil Smith and Scott Houghton. Our current youth side are a real joy to watch, they play fast attacking football. This team has so much talent and it would be brilliant for the club as well as the players, if they could go all way in this most prestigious of youth competitions. Norwich will be a tough test, our under 18’s have already lost 3-2 to them this season however, I reckon we have enough quality to progress to the quarter finals. I will be at the match tomorrow evening however I’m hoping that tomorrows match will go ahead. Youth matches at Colchester united and Dagenham and Redbridge’s ground were postponed today due to a frozen pitch, fingers crossed that won’t be the case tomorrow. COYS
My team prediction: Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Tsaroulla, Marsh, Duncan, Shashoua, Roles, Griffiths, Sterling.