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While the first team have to wait until Monday to play Watford in the Premier League, the youth team will be in action tomorrow morning with a home game against Rochdale in the Youth Alliance League.

Rochdale have been one of the stronger teams in the league for the past few years but had a more difficult 2015/16 season although they did have a late run that saw them finish ninth.

This season they have started much better and remain unbeaten from their five games to date with two wins and three draws although a closer look shows that they have, to date, played all five games against teams who haven’t recorded a solitary victory collectively all season.

It’s a similar situation to ourselves with our only game against the top half coming last week and that ended in defeat at Accrington. That leaves the jury very much out for both teams who have certainly, at least, shown more than they had at this stage last season.

We lost the corresponding home game last season but had beaten them in the away game earlier in the season. In September 2015, goals from Tommy Wood and Josh Dolling gave us a 2-0 win against them at Stainton Park, home of Radcliffe Borough, earning us our first points of the season after kicking off with three defeats.

At home, they actually beat us twice. It was 2-0 in October in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup and 4-1 in February with Nashé Chakwana (pictured) scoring our goal.

Kick off tomorrow at Gawthorpe is 11 a.m.

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