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michael duff 300x400Having played three games in the Professional Development League, winning the home game against Ipswich but losing at Crystal Palace and Bristol City, our under-23 team are having a break from league action this week and face Preston North End this afternoon in the first round of this season’s Lancashire Senior Cup.

Last season we went out at the first time of asking, beaten 4-0 at Liverpool who went on to win the competition, beating Wigan on penalties just last week in the final that was held over from last season.

Liverpool are not in the draw for the 2017/18 competition with us one of two Premier League teams to have entered, along with Everton, with the rest of the competition made up of teams from the Championship (2), League One (7), League Two (2) and non-league (2).

Two teams are already through to the second round; Fleetwood received a bye while Blackburn were this season’s first winners, beating Wigan yesterday who, as in last week’s held over final, lost on penalties in front of an Ewood Park crowd of 227.

Today’s game will be played at Preston’s training ground with a 2 p.m. kick off.

The First Round Draw

Accrington v Morecambe
Blackpool v Rochdale
Bolton v AFC Fylde
Blackburn 2 Wigan 2 – Blackburn won 4-3 on penalties
Bury v Barrow
Everton v Oldham
Preston v Burnley
Bye: Fleetwood

The games at Blackpool and Everton are also scheduled for today. No dates have been confirmed for the games at Accrington, Bolton or Bury.

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