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Holland-Wilkinson Delighted With Award Ahead Of FA Youth Cup Clash

17 January 2020

First year scholar Jacob Holland-Wilkinson was delighted to pick up the LFE Goal of the Month award for December for his strike in last month's FA Youth Cup third round.

Holland-Wilkinson scored the second goal in the PNE youngsters' 2-0 win over Bristol City at Deepdale, hitting a sweet volley in to the far corner to secure a place in the fourth round of the competition.

The 17-year-old was up against North End teammate Joe Nolan, and six other strikes from across the Academy leagues, and on the award he said: "I was happy to just get nominated but to win it is obviously a really nice feeling.

"All of the goals that were nominated were really good goals, the half-way line goal was great and Joe Nolan's was a great goal too so I'm really happy to win it.

"It was a great feeling to score at Deepdale in front of family and friends and even all of the fans that were there supporting us and my teammates as well who always support you and it was a great feeling.

"The feeling of scoring in front of your family and friends is just amazing, especially because it was at Deepdale, but to help us get through to the next round was the most important thing overall and so I was glad it could help the team.

"The FA Youth Cup is the competition everyone is looking forward to at the start of the year, everyone gets ready for it and it gets your confidence up. For the team to score two good goals in that game and to win it was great and to get through was the main thing."

That win set up a fourth round tie with Oxford United, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday 15th January but was postponed as the pitch was unplayable due to the weather.

That tie will now be played at Deepdale on Monday 20th January and Jacob is pleased the U18s will get another chance to play under the lights at the home of North End.

"I think the game changing has given us even longer to get ready for it and now it's at home so that's better for us as more people can come and support us, hopefully the support can be as good as it was last time.

"It's a great opportunity for the players to show members of the first team staff and the manager what we can do and how we can progress in the competition and hopefully win as many games as possible."

On the difference in playing at a stadium rather than UCLan Sports Arena, he continued: "I think when you get out there you don't think about it too much but when you do let yourself think about it, it's obviously a big difference playing at Deepdale to playing at UCLan.

"There are a lot more supporters at Deepdale which really helps the momentum and helps your mentality to really push on and try and win it for everyone that is there supporting you."

After an impressive start to the season for both Jacob and the team, the forward admits confidence is high amongst the squad and they are looking to maintain their form going in to some key fixtures.

"I'm a first year but I just want to make an impact in every game and score as many goals as I can and just try to help the team, hopefully at the end of the season we can win the league and we just want to push on as much as we can.

"I think everyone is enjoying it at thee moment, everyone's confidence is as highs it can be and we want to just keep that level of confidence going now and push on and win as many games as we can."


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