Team BTC/Bridgwater Town U18’s have made it into the 1st round proper of the FA Youth Cup. They will now face League 2 Newport County FC U18’s, after defeating Oxford City FC U18’s in the last round 2-0. Newport competes in the EFL U18’s Youth Alliance league and is set to be the toughest test yet. The previous rounds have seen BTFC U18’s beat Bristol Manor Farm, Torquay UTD and most recently Oxford City FC U18’s. You have to go back to 2004/05 season when BTFC U18’s last progressed this far in the Youth Cup and coincidently knocking out Newport County in a penalty shoot-out, to set up a tie against Bristol City FC.
As a group, we’re really pleased to beat Oxford at Fairfax Park. We felt the game went to plan but obviously would have liked to score the second goal a little sooner and possibly get a third. However, Oxford played their part in the fixture and stay in the running. After the initial enjoyment of the game, we’re very much ‘onto the next one’ and the players will look forward to the home tie vs Newport County AFC.
Mo Hopkins – Team BTC Men’s 1 Coach
The next fixture is due to be played on Tuesday 29 October. The game will be played with our partners Bridgwater Town FC on their first team pitch with the game kicking off at 7:30 pm. Our players are keen to get a large crowd down to watch and help support them into the next round where they would then be one fixture away from the Premier League academies will enter the competition.
It was another fantastic game of football to watch and a great advert for local football and players playing from all areas of the County. This is a great opportunity for the local community to come and see this special group of youngsters compete against another a Football league club where are the pressure will be on the academy team. We hope to see as many people down at the game as possible.
Team BTC Manager Jamie Laird said
It would be great to see the local schools and junior football clubs come out in force and support the players who are very much part of the Somerset County community. The more people at the game the better – supporting the boys onto the next stage.”
Team BTC is also running two football development days over October Half term on 30 and 31 October. If you are a Year 10/11 student and want to get involved with any of these development days then please follow the link for more information and to register.
Photo supplied by: Debbie Gould