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Philliskirk’s Youth Side Prepared For New Season

5 August 2016

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk believes his youngsters can take their pre-season form into the new Youth Alliance league which kicks off this weekend.

Philliskirk’s side ended pre-season unbeaten after earning a late 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town last weekend.

And with the season starting tomorrow against Mansfield Town, Philliskirk admits his side have confidence heading into the new campaign.

He said: “Pre-season results count for nothing but at the end of the day it is a real positive to come out unbeaten against the teams we have played. 

“We’ve played a Portuguese team, category one side, category two side and a mens team so it shows we are in a good place. 

“It also shows that the lads have got real spirit and determination not to get beaten and that’s a great building block going forward.”

Mansfield Town will provide tough opposition for his players but will be a good test.

“They are a big, strong, aggressive side and they won the league last season so credit to them,” he said. 

“It is a really tough start for our boys and they beat us twice last season but we had young teams playing against them. 

“This year we will go with a much stronger team but we are under no illusions that it’s a tough start and it will be a great benchmark for where we are and where we will be at the end of the season."

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