Whilst the Vale first team look forward to their forthcoming FA Cup tie with Sunderland, the Youth team start their campaign in the FA Youth Cup under the Vale Park floodlights next Monday 29th October
Described by the FA as “The competition that unearths the stars of the future” the FA Youth Cup is keenly fought by scholars all over the country, since it can provide an opportunity to progress and play against the best academies from the top clubs.
Vale have been drawn against Kidderminster Harriers for Monday’s tie and whilst on paper this might seem to be a good draw for the Vale, Kiddy triumphed over a strong Chesterfield side to progress to the first round proper and are likely to be a stern test.
“Chesterfield are currently going really well in their League” said Academy Lead Coach Mick Ede, “so it was a good result for Kiddy to beat them and get through. “We were knocked out by Chesterfield last season, so we know that we are in for a tough match on Monday.”
Over the past few seasons the Vale Youth team have had mixed fortunes in the competition although they did reach the Quarter Finals in 2008 before bowing out to a very accomplished Chelsea side.
They also did well in 2013 when Nathan Smith starred in the team that lost narrowly to Everton in a very entertaining game at Vale Park.
“This season has been a bit of a mixed bag as far as results are concerned” added Mick. “We got off to a good start in the League but numerous injuries and a lack of consistency has cost us dearly in recent games.
“We should be near full strength on Monday, though and if we get it right on the night I’m confident that we can get through.”
The game kicks off at Vale Park at 7:00pm and admission to the Lorne Street stand is just £3 (no concessions) pay on the gate.