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1617 burnley turf moor 01 1000x500Having won at Hull last Saturday, our youth team turn their attentions to the FA Youth Cup tonight and a home game against Oxford United in th third round.

Both us and Oxford are having decent seasons in our respective leagues.  We are currently fourth in the U18 Professional Development League while Oxford are having an outstanding season so far in the Youth Alliance League. They are currently top  of the South West Group with only one defeat in 16 games. They are already six points clear of second Bournemouth, potential opponents for the winners in round four.

Oxford’s joint coach Leon Blackmore-Such said of his team’s visit to Turf Moor: “They’ve earned where they are right now because they’ve worked so hard. I’m really pleased they’ve got an opportunity to play at a Premier League stadium. For some it will be the biggest stadium they ever play in. Hopefully it’s something they can remember for the rest of their lives and who knows, they might get another one. It is an experience, but I’m hoping we can give ourselves an opportunity to get through.”

New youth coach Tony Philliskirk takes over after tonight’s game which leaves John Townson in charge for the final time and he’ll have a completely different team out to the one that won at Hull. He said: “The mood is good, the lads are excited for the match and training has reflected that where the lads have been sharp. Some of them have done it before and, of course, for others, it will be a first.”

Last season saw us beat Leeds at home in the third round. We won the game 1-0 with a late Jordan Cropper goal but then went out, also at home, to Plymouth in the next round and by the same scoreline.

Looking back at those games, there are a number of players involved who are now with the under-23s or have left the club. The only players involved who could feature tonight are Michael Fowler, Mitch George, Ethan Kershaw, Dylon Meredith, Dan Moss and Kian Yari.

Kick off is 7 p.m. with the Bob Lord stand open. Admission is £4 adults, £2 concessions and £1 for all season ticket holders.

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