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Chester FC Academy to begin FA Youth Cup journey tonight

Young Blues travel to Newcastle Benfield aiming to make the first round proper

Terry Marland Chester FC Youth manager Calum McIntyre
Chester FC Youth manager Calum McIntyre

While first team may have failed to make the first round proper of the senior competition, Chester FC's academy side have the chance to book their place in round one of the FA Youth Cup this evening.

Head coach Calum McIntyre takes his squad to the North East to face Newcastle Benfield this evening in a fourth qualifying round clash (7pm).

The young Blues have lost their last two games in the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division and will be looking to the cup to provide them with a timely boost.

The side were handed a by in the last qualifying round owing to their performance last season when they were beaten in extra time by League One Oldham Athletic in the first round following a brave display.

"Obviously we've had to wait a while to get our Youth Cup campaign going," said McIntyre.

"This competition has given our Academy some fantastic nights over the years. This is always one of the highlights of the under 18s season and there's been a real buzz about the lads since the draw came out. If I'm honest, it's a crazy tie in a regionalised draw isn't it?

"Logistically it's a nightmare given that our lads are still part-time. We'll be setting off around lunchtime and the club have been great in ensuring we've got everything we need.

"Of course it's a big night for us but it is just another game of football. We'll do what we do well and produce a performance that shows our quality matched with an attitude that is now a trademark of Youth sides at Chester.

Terry Marland Oldham Athletic 3 Chester FC Youth 2: The Blues celebrate Tom Crawford's opener
Oldham Athletic 3 Chester FC Youth 2: The Blues celebrate Tom Crawford's opener

"We can't wait to get going. You can't guarantee a result or even a performance in a game, but you can guarantee we will ensure that we do everything we can to get in the hat for the next round."

Despite having seen his side lose their last two games in the league against Hyde United and AFC Fylde, McIntyre has been pleased with what he has seen from his side is in positive mood.

"I'm not interested in recent games, we've played some terrific stuff. We have faced some challenges already as a group and given how young this group is we're producing some really positive stuff.

"We work really hard in terms of our recruitment and have recruited an exciting set of young players, the core of our group are a year young for the level of football we play at but they are as strong as anything we've had in recent years.

"We know a little bit about them. They came through on penalties and beat St. Helens Town in the previous round with two late goals. We'll expect and relish the physical test but you know we'll produce a performance that reflects us and not them.

"The focus is to get through this round. We want to get ourselves in the first round proper of this competition and create another special night for our Youth section and the club. You know that there's potential to face a league side in the next round but not one of those sides would look forward to having to come to Chester.

"Our youth team get incredible support in this competition and I think our ties against Oldham and Chesterfield in recent years have shown that."



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