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Kelly Ready For Robins Test

Young Blues visit Cheltenham in FA Youth Cup

13 November 2019

Pompey Academy
Photo: Will Cheshire

Pompey Academy are back in FA Youth Cup action this evening, with a second round tie at Cheltenham.

The winners of the Whaddon Road contest – which starts at 7pm – will be at home to Arsenal in the next stage of the competition.

A 5-1 Fratton victory over Hereford last month saw Pompey progress, while the Robins narrowly beat Eastleigh.

The Blues triumphed 2-0 when the sides met in the league earlier in the campaign and Mark Kelly is looking forward to the latest encounter.

Pompey’s academy manager said: “It’s an important competition for us and we’ve enjoyed some big games in the past few years.

"Cup competitions are always great because they add a different element to the season."

Mark Kelly

“We went up to Liverpool last season and lost with the last kick of the game to a side who went on to lift the trophy.

“It provides a good test for the boys to see where they are. We’ll have to make a step up against Cheltenham after beating Hereford and both teams will be doing everything they can to get into the third round.

“They’re in the same league as us, so we’ve played them on a few occasions and know what they’re all about.

“We’ll need to produce a professional performance and work hard, trying to maintain our usual high standards.

“Cup competitions are always great because they add a different element to the season and you’re always looking to go on a run.”

Supporters making the trip to Cheltenham can buy tickets from the turnstiles, priced £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

FA Youth Cup third round draw
Manchester City v Swansea City
Shrewsbury Town or Sunderland v Birmingham City
Cardiff City v Ipswich Town or Exeter City
Cheltenham Town or POMPEY v Arsenal
Stevenage or Peterborough United v Aston Villa
Bradford City v Stoke City
Manchester United v Lincoln City or Wrexham
Wigan Athletic v Croydon or Bath City
Preston North End v Bristol City
Sheffield United v Hanworth Villa or AFC Wimbledon
Fulham v South Shields or Hartlepool United
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Bristol Rovers v Southampton
Luton Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers v Newport County
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Mansfield Town or Rotherham United v Queens Park Rangers
Reading v Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood Town v Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City
Middlesbrough v Dulwich Hamlet or Forest Green Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Leeds United v Hull City
Burton Albion or Bolton Wanderers v Millwall
Crewe Alexandra or Grimsby Town v Barnsley
Colchester United or Oxford United v Ware or Maidenhead United
AFC Bournemouth v Barnet or Cambridge United
Curzon Ashton v Burnley
West Ham United v Charlton Athletic
Derby County v Everton
West Bromwich Albion v Scunthorpe United or Morpeth Town

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