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Rochdale FA Youth Cup Date Confirmed

10 November 2015

Notts County's youth team will host Rochdale at Meadow Lane in the second round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday 17th November.

After four successive defeats in the first round of the competition, the young Magpies beat Northampton Town 2-0 at Sixfields at the first hurdle this year thanks to goals from Jack McMillan and Montel Gibson to set up this tie with the Dale, who beat Altrincham 1-0 to book their place in round two and are currently 12th in the North West Youth Alliance League.

Dan Leivers' side will be looking to make it into the third round for the first time since the 2010/11 season, where the Notts team that year were beaten 4-0 at home by Liverpool, who fielded the likes of John Flanagan, Suso and Raheem Sterling whilst Haydn Hollis was captain for the Magpies.

At the time of writing, the current crop of youngsters have won six of their last seven games in all competitions and sit just three points off the top of the North East Youth Alliance League.

Academy Manager Mick Halsall said: "The FA Youth Cup always gives you an indication of which players will go on to become professionals and the players themselves attach a lot of importance to it so it would be nice for us to get through to the third round.

"We deserved to get through in the first round based on our excellent first-half performance at Northampton and it'll be an interesting and difficult game against Rochdale, who are a similar club to ourselves."

Head of Academy Coaching Dan Leivers added: "The players really appreciate it when people come to watch them play so hopefully we can get a good attendance for this cup tie and put on a good show."

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions with kick-off at 7pm.

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