Cup Double

ARGYLE have the chance to progress in two cup competitions on the same night this Wednesday.

While the first team play Lincoln City in an FA Cup first round replay, the club’s youngsters will be taking on Colchester United in the FA Youth Cup. The game kicks off at the Weston Homes Community Stadium at 7pm/

After a facile 4-1 win at home to Bristol Academy, Kevin Hodges’ fledglings now face a tough assignment in round two, given that prior to a defeat last weekend, Colchester had won their previous thirteen games.

“We know it’s a tough task,” said Academy Manager Kevin Hodges, “Colchester have only lost one or two games all season. But it is an opportunity for us to perform on a big stage and do ourselves justice. If we take the positive things we did against Bristol Academy then we have a good chance of progressing.

“It’s part of the progression of our young lads. They get to experience what it is like to play at the top end of the scale again.

“We’ve been fortunate that the club have let us have an overnight stay. We’ll train Wednesday morning then prepare for the game.”

While obviously not contain the glamour of its senior counterpart, the FA Youth Cup nevertheless retains a level of prestige within the game, and should Argyle’s burgeoning stars of tomorrow be successful, it can only help the atmosphere around the club.

“Hopefully we’ll both go through,” said First Team Boss John Sheridan, “It’s always good for the club and keeps things ticking over. It’s a bit of excitement for the young players especially. It’s always good to well in the FA Youth Cup, and they’ve got a tough game at Colchester.

“It’s a long trip. They’ve set off and they’re staying overnight. They’ve gone a bit big time! But good luck to them; I hope they do well.”

Argyle (from): Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi, River Allen, Aaron Bentley, Jack Calver, Andrew Hannah, Callum Hall, Cory Harvey, Mason Hughes, Josh Hutchinson, Ryan Lane, Jake Miller, Tom Moxham, Ben Purrington, Louis Rooney, Will Sargent, Ethan Stark, Nathan Summers, Solomon Wheatley.