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Youth Team Take On Preston North End

Youth Team Set For Derby Match At Preston Sports Arena

3 January 2020

Blackpool’s youth side face Preston North End in an EFL Youth Alliance fixture tomorrow morning in a top-of-the-table clash.

Warren Green’s side travel to the Preston Sports Arena, with the U18 squad currently sitting in second place – five points below Preston.

“The match will be a difficult one for the lads, but it’s one they are looking forward to,” Warren Green said.

“If we can get some sort of result from the match – be that a draw or even a win – then it will be a good effort. The squad give 100% to myself and Danny Ventre (youth team coach) on a matchday, and I expect the lads to do the same tomorrow.

“Matches like these present a good opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their skills, so it’s important they don’t waste it.”

Reflecting on the season so far for the youth side, Green has been generally pleased with what he’s seen from the youth side and with youngsters such as Tony Weston and Ewan Bange flirting with potential first team action over recent months, he predicts a bright future for the Seasiders academy.

“Given what has happened behind the scenes over the past few months with the new owner coming in and Ben Mansford joining as CEO, we’ve seen a real positive change in terms of the youth setup here,” he said.

“Things needed to change because Blackpool would have been left behind, so to see players like Tony Weston and Ewan Bange doing so well recently, show what an exciting journey the club is going on from the first team down to the youth setup.

“We’re pleased with how things are going in the Youth Alliance League, and hopefully we can go to Preston tomorrow and get a good result to keep the momentum going.”

Tomorrow's match kicks off at the Preston Sports Arena at 10:30am.

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