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5 March 2021

BURTON Albion Academy's FA Youth Cup game away at Stoke City will now be played next Friday, March 12 (7pm kick-off).

The Third Round tie will be played behind-closed-doors at Stoke City's Clayton Wood training ground.

The FA Youth Cup was suspended in January but it was confirmed last week that the competition can now resume, and Albion will travel to the Potteries next week looking to build on victories over Worcester City and Mansfield Town.

Professional Development Phase Lead Coach Sam Rose says his Young Brewers side are looking forward to returning to FA Youth Cup action - and testing themselves against Category One opposition.

"We're really pleased it's come back," said Rose. "There was a little bit of doubt in everyone's mind that we'd get to play it.

"We've done really well to get to the Third Round and now we can test ourselves against a Category One side.

"(Playing at Clayton Wood) might help us in a way as it might take some pressure off the players but we play Category One sides as and when we can and we never look out of depth against them. We've been to Liverpool and done well.

"We've finished the last (calendar) year really strongly both in the Youth Cup and league. From January up until now, we've been a bit up and down in terms of performances and individually some have maybe struggled for form.

"But that happens in development football, we can accept ups and downs.

"On our day, we've got a good side and we'll give anyone a game. We're underdogs, we've got nothing to lose and if we turn up we can certainly win the game."

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