After another impressive home win in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night, the Vale Youth team is now looking forward to the challenge of their next opponents in the competition as they are set to face Norwich City at Vale Park in Round 3.
The 3-1 victory over Sutton Coldfield Town which enabled Vale to progress to the third round was hard fought against strong opposition in an end to end contest.
“We started a little slowly but grew into the game as it progressed. It was far from a routine win because we had to work hard throughout the game.” said Academy PDP Lead Coach Mick Ede.
“After a goalless first half, in which Sutton Coldfield played some tidy football, our opening goal just after the break really settled us.
“We improved in possession, created more opportunities and in the end we fully deserved the victory.”
Norwich City are next up at Vale Park, with the stipulation that the tie must be played by 15th December. The Canaries’ record in the competition in recent years is quite impressive.
They lifted the trophy by beating Spurs in the final in 2013 and have reached the quarter finals twice in the last three years.
“Getting through to at least the third round and earn the chance to play against a Premiership or Championship team is always a key objective in this competition” added Mick.
“Norwich have an excellent pedigree in the Youth Cup and have a very good squad. It will be a great opportunity for us to face such a challenge, we are all looking forward to the game and hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves.
“Playing the tie in front of our own supporters will give us an advantage but we know it will be tough.”
The date for the tie will be announced here as soon as details are confirmed.