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Bury U18 vs Wigan Athletic U18 Preview

30 January 2019

The young Shakers are in cup final action this weekend, squaring up against Wigan Athletic in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Final at Carrington.

The southern fianl between Southend United and Exeter City, is also being played on Saturday.

Ryan Kidd’s side made the final after overcoming Grimsby Town 2-1 in the semi-final, thanks to goals from Bright Amoateng and Aaron Brown.

After being involved in the Youth and Academy setup for four years, this season saw Ryan Kidd take the U18's out of the group stages for the first time during his time at the club.

His side have gone from strength to strength to make it this far, including a victory on penalties against Preston North End.

He knows the challenges that Bury face with the small squad available, with players regularly getting called up to the First Team, ”We’ve had to sacrifice [EFL Youth Alliance Cup] a little, because it runs in tandem with the FA Youth Cup, so we’ve had to play younger teams, so I’m delighted with making the final.”

Kidd was keen to praise the success of his side, “At the moment we’re doing really well in two cup competitions.” Referring to his team reaching the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for a second successive year, after not doing so for fifty-two years, as well as being in Saturday’s Youth Alliance Cup final.

There are no suspensions for the game, and influential attackers such as Joe Adams and Callum Hulme are still legible to play, despite signing pro-contracts in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, the Shakers became the first team to score past Peterborough United in the FA Youth Cup. Saturday will prove again to be a tough test as the Latics are in very impressive form, and currently sit at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance North West League table. In the fourteen games played, they have hit the back of the net on fifty-one occassions, conceding just the nine. They have amassed forty points out of a possible forty-two.

Saturday will see the Shakers have a home tie for the first time in the tournament since October, when they beat Carlisle United 3-1. On the road the young Shakers have faced Wrexham, winning 4-0, Blackpool, winning 2-1, Preston North End and Grimsby Town.

This weekend is the start of a big week for the Shakers, as after the final against Wigan at Carrington, they travel to Preston North End the following Friday for the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

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