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Halsall: Giving The First Years A Chance In The Cup

29 August 2014

Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall isn't afraid to throw in a number of first year scholars to the team in Saturday's Youth Alliance Cup match against Burton Albion...

Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall isn't afraid to throw in a number of first year scholars to the team in Saturday's Youth Alliance Cup match against Burton Albion.

Halsall who arrived at the club at the start of the month is still learning about his players and he's looking to change things around for the cup tie.

He told the Official Site: "We will be making one or two changes. Some of the younger lads in the group haven't had the minutes on the pitch yet.

"People always suggest that you should always pick the second years for their opportunity, but I don't believe in that pecking order.

"If the first years can prove to me that they are better than their older counterparts, then they will get the nod."

Halsall believes the team have had a mixed start to the season. The squad have already faced Burton Albion this season in a 1-1 draw away from home, but will be looking to progress in the competition. He also revealed they will be without last year's top goalscorer Colby Bishop through injury.

He added: "It's been an average start to the season. Coming in relatively recently we are all still learning and I didn't know what to expect.

"I'd like to think we are going to get better performances and results and hopefully they will come.

"Colby will be missing out due to his hamstring, but other than that we've got everyone back and fit. We've had a good week working with them all and I'm hoping for our first win of the campaign."

Click here for a full list of fixtures for the Youth Team.


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