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After having had no game last week, a week that saw us drop to fourth from the top of the league, the under-18s are back in action tomorrow morning with an away game against south group leaders Watford.

Right back Kane Patterson

Right back Kane Patterson

We are recovering from that difficult start that saw us lose the opening two games of the season against Millwall and Bristol City. We’ve followed that up with 2-1 wins against Cardiff at home and more recently at Crystal Palace. That Palace win saw us go top for a week.

Our opponents tomorrow are Watford who have led the south group from the start of the season. They stormed to the top on goal difference in week one with a 5-1 win at Bolton, following that up with a 4-0 home win against Bolton, 2-1 success at Barnsley and then a second home victory, this one by 2-0 against then north group leaders Nottingham Forest.

Last week they looked certain to record a fifth successive victory when they travelled to Hull who were still looking for their first win of the season but in the shock result of the day it was Hull who won the game 3-0.

Even so, no team, north or south, has more points than Watford this season and no team has scored more than the 13 they’ve netted making this a tough game for us tomorrow morning when Tony Philliskirk could again be without some of his key players with the under-23s having fielded players regularly this season from the under-18s.

Our first ever game at this level was against Watford on the opening day of the 2017/18 season. On the day the first team kicked off with a 3-2 win at Chelsea, the under-18s suffered a 4-1 defeat against Watford at Gawthorpe with Michael Fowler scoring our first ever Professional Development League goal.  It was another defeat last season, this time played at Watford, when the home side ran out 5-3 winners. Fowler scored our first that day with the other two coming from Kian Yari and Bobby Thomas.

Kick off tomorrow is at 10:30 a.m. at Watford’s training ground.

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