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Preview: U18s v Walsall

20 March 2015

Bury’s youth team travel to Walsall on Saturday for an 11am kick-off in the North West Youth Alliance.

The young Shakers will be looking to win all of their remaining five games, to give themselves a good chance of winning the Youth Alliance league title.

They were knocked off the top of the table by Rochdale on Tuesday, and will be looking to pick up their title chase at Walsall tomorrow morning.

However, speaking ahead of the match, youth manager Ryan Kidd, spoke of his belief that although it would be nice to win the league, it is not the most important aspect of youth development at the club. 

Talking ahead of tomorrow’s match, Ryan Kidd said: “We have five games to go, if we win all five of our games we’ll finish in the best position we possibly can, whether that’s top or not. 

“For me it would be the icing on the cake to win, but the cherry on top would be to get as many of our young players signed professionally to the club as possible.

“We’ve had Jack Ruddy, Scott Burgess, Anthony Dudley and Brayden Shaw all on the bench for the first team recently.

“Additionally we’ve had a number of our lads, including Marcus Poscha and Matty Foulds regularly training with the first team.

“All these factors show that what we’ve done here as a youth department during the past twelve months is amazing. 

“We have to remember, that the main focus for us is developing these kids. Winning the league isn’t going to guarantee us getting any more professional footballers through the system.

“I think going forward; the facilities we now have and the way we play football will help us progress more than youth titles, although both would be great.”

Ryan is expecting a tough encounter against Walsall, but hopes his side will get back to winning ways with only five games left in the campaign.

He explained that although his side didn’t play poorly last weekend in their 1-1 draw against Carlisle United, he will be hoping that their potency up front will go back to the way they have been in recent weeks.

Ryan explained: “I think the lads feel a little bit of frustration from last Saturday’s game. We’ve had a good week so far; in training they have looked very sharp with good energy.

“We had a good debrief after last Saturday and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, we’ll get a response from last weekend, we didn’t play badly, but our quality was poor in the final third.

“We are going to come up against a very strong encounter, we played them earlier on in the season and it was probably one of the best games we played.

“However, I expect a lot tougher game on Saturday, we have to travel down there as well which will take about an hour and a half.

“Therefore the lads will be getting up early to play. Things like that are some of the many things they have to get used to being a professional footballer.

“They are a good team who play some good football. They have a number of strong players, if they can play up to their capabilities it will be a very tough game.”

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