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Match Preview: Youth Team vs Blackpool

20 February 2015

The youth team face Blackpool on Saturday in the Youth Alliance league.

Bury’s youth team will be looking to make it ten games unbeaten in the league against 9th placed Blackpool away from home on Saturday morning, kick-off 11am.

A win will put space between themselves and second placed Wigan Athletic at the top of the table, and keep them as forerunners for the league title.

Although the young Seasiders are currently on a five game winless streak they will be no pushovers, and are expected to put up a stern test for the youngsters.

Speaking ahead of the match the Shakers’ under-18s Coach, Ryan Kidd, spoke of his inside knowledge of Blackpool after spending three years at the club before joining Bury.

Ryan said: “It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow. I personally spent the last three years working with their under-16s, that means I know quite a lot about the scholars that are in their camp at the moment.

“However, a couple of their second year scholars are now playing in the first team, so that might dilute what they have got a little bit, but it’s still going to be tough”

Ryan talked us through how he expected them to play on Saturday and what kind of challenge the team will come up against.

He said: “They are going to be a well organised and structured side, they beat us 3-1 earlier in the season as well.

“That shows what level they can reach at times, so it’s going to be interesting.”

The team have now been top of the table for a couple of weeks, but Ryan believes that is not important. 

Instead he wants to see the team improving and becoming good enough to reach the higher levels that first team football brings.

He said: “The focus is that, yes we’re in a league and we want to do as best we can, but we need to aspire to a higher level.

“A majority of the lads were involved in an under-21 game against Bolton on Tuesday and that showed them the levels they have to aspire too.

“It’s not just about under-18s, it’s about making that next step-up and having a barometer like the game against Bolton, that we can say we need to reach that level to progress.

“We strive to make all the players better every day here so they keep improving. It would be great to win the league, but it’s not going to guarantee any other players come through the academy.

“What guarantees we carry on producing players capable of progressing is that the training syllabus is right during the week, and if that happens the league will take care of itself.”

You can get live commentary of the game by following @buryfcyouthdept on twitter, from 11am.

Highlights of the game will be available from Monday afternoon on the Bury FC Network.


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