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U18s Face Luton Town At Deepdale In The FA Youth Cup

10 February 2016

Preston North End U18s will face Luton Town U18s at Deepdale tonight in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup, kick-off 7pm.

The fixture was confirmed after the Hatters booked their place in round five by beating Oldham Athletic 1-0 a fortnight ago. 

It will be the first time the youth side have played at Deepdale this season after away victories against Carlisle United and Exeter City in the previous rounds of the competition, and manager Nick Harrison wants his players to thrive on the big occasion.

"It's going to be a fantastic experience for the players," Harrison said.

"It's something they all aspire too, to play at Deepdale on a regular basis and a lot of them are going to get the opportunity of doing that in a competitive game for the first time, so it's certainly something they should be looking forward to as are all of the Academy staff.

"It's fantastic that the Club are hosting the game at Deepdale and an opportunity they should relish - Academy football is all about testing the players, being in a learning environment for players to one day handle real first team football and playing in front of thousands of people and having that pressure of needing to win a game. 

"They [Luton] play well as a team and they're a very good Academy and have a history of bringing players through. They've obviously had a good season in their league so we should respect them, but we shouldn't fear them as we've also had a good year and we've got some very good players that have been progressing game by game.   

The winners of the tie will face an away trip to Blackburn Rovers in the Quarter-finals of the competition, after a last minute winner against Aston Villa secured progression from the fifth round.

The Sir Tom Finney stand [south] will be open for both sets of fans on the night. Tickets are priced as £2 for adults and £1 for concessions – there will be cash entry at turnstiles with free entry for season ticket holders of both clubs.

For those who can’t make the game, PNE PlayerHD will be offering a live video stream and commentary of the game from kick-off, so you won’t miss a kick as North End's next generation look to book their place in the last eight.

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