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The youth team travel to Walsall tomorrow to face the team currently in third place in the Youth Alliance League, and we’ll be going there with, I expect, a very young team.

A total of nine of Michael Duff’s squad were called up to the under-23 team today that played Blackburn in the Premier League Cup. Of those, six of them started with two more coming on as substitutes; only striker Tommy Wood was unused.

Wood may be involved tomorrow but the likelihood is that the other eight won’t and that will probably mean an even bigger dip into the under-16 team.

Walsall have moved up into third place with four wins, one draw and just one defeat from their six games. They are behind Carlisle on goal difference and Bury, the current leaders, by two points. It’s the same position in which they ended last season behind winners Wigan and Bury, who were second.

We didn’t have any joy against them. We lost the home game 2-1 with our goal scored by Nashe Chakwana and later in the season we were beaten 3-1 in the away game when Tristan Jumeau was on the scoresheet. That defeat away was the sixth of the nine consecutive defeats that ended the season.

Walsall have proved to be tough opposition for us for a number of years now. We haven’t beaten them since the 2012/13 season when a Jamie Frost gave us a 1-0 home win and a year earlier we secured our last away win against them, winning 3-2 with goals from Cameron Howieson, Aryn Williams (pictured) and Steven Hewitt.

Kick off tomorrow is 12 noon rather  than the usual 11 a.m. and will be played at Birmingham County FA Headquarters, Ray Hall Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 6JF.

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