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Gateshead Preview

30 October 2012

PNE U18s travel to the north east on Wednesday evening to face Gateshead in the FA Youth Cup first round.

Tel: 0191 433 5700
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Neilson Road
Gateshead International Stadium
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Concessions £1
Adults: £3
If you are attending the game, ticket details are as follows with turnstiles opening at 6pm.

But that isn’t all, as PNE official twitter account will be tweeting throughout the game, and a match report will go live on the full time whistle.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Club’s official online channel spoke to Brandon Zibaka and coach Chris Lucketti before the game, and will get reaction from Alexander and one of his players after the final whistle.

PNE Player is still available to sign up for, with the 14 day free-trial still on so you can tune in and listen at no cost.

PNE will be bringing live commentary from Wednesday night’s game courtesy of Anthony Wareing, who will go live from 6.55pm.

“We will be travelling up to the north and playing a night game, it will be a decent occasion but it is always is with these type of games if you win the game and that is what our concentration is solely on.”

Alexander continued: “The second years have previous experience of the FA Youth Cup but it is a new experience for the first years, there will be a couple of U16s involved as well so it will be a new experience for them too.

Like every year for the youth team, it will be a new experience for a number of players in the squad to play in the FA Youth Cup, but it is a challenge the Lilywhites are relishing.

Last season, the U18s made it through to the third round, losing at home to Premier League outfit Stoke City in the third round, despite being arguably the better side against the Potters on the night.

“I have told the lads they are going to have to be at their best if they want to get through the game and get into the next round.”

“They have had some good results this season, we have had back a couple of reports and they are a strong side and they have done very well this season. When you head up to the north east you know you are going to be coming up against good players because they have a tradition of good players coming through whether from Newcastle, Sunderland or Gateshead.

“It is a prestigious tournament for youth team football like it is in the senior game, the lads are excited but we know that we have got a very tough fixture against a very good Gateshead team on their pitch as well.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s game, youth boss Graham Alexander told PNE.Com he is fully aware of the threat Gateshead will pose on his side.

Gateshead, who have had to go through the qualifying rounds to reach the first round proper, have scored an impressive 21 goals in the four previous stages.

North End’s youngsters are currently top of table heading into the cup game, but will be looking for a response following their 1-0 defeat against neighbours Burnley at the weekend.

The U18s game comes only three days before the first team face Yeovil Town at the same stage in the FA Cup.

The tie will take place at the Gateshead International Stadium, 7pm kick-off, as Graham Alexander and his players look to start a cup adventure.

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