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Shrimps U18s to feature in 2019/20 Professional Youth Cup Final

4 August 2021

Our U18s squad will take place on Wigan Athletic U18s on Saturday 7 August at The County Ground, Leyland, with the game kicking off at 2pm.

This game was originally planned to go ahead back in 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
We are delighted to say that fans are now allowed to attend the game,  admission prices are £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
No tickets are available in advance, supporters are advised that pay on the gate is permitted. 
Head of Academy Coaching Neil Wainwright, who wore the Morecambe shirt over three season during his playing days, says that it’s a great opportunity for the players despite the circumstances.
“It’s all been a bit of a strange affair due to the time elapsed since we reached the final,” Wainwright said.
“We were actually gearing up for a Semi-Final against Bolton Wanderers after a fantastic win against Fleetwood Town in the Quarter-Finals in horrendous, windy conditions.
“That game never happened for various reasons and we were given the result as a walkover.
“This then led to the excitement of reaching a final which has now been put off for almost 18 months, so unfortunately the boys that got us there can’t be involved as they are too old and have left the club.
“Either way we see it as a fantastic achievement, and although underdogs against the Latics on Saturday, we’d like to go to Leyland and cause an upset to bring home the trophy.”
Saturday’s Final will be the first competitive game of the season for the U18’s. 
“Preparation leading up to the game has all been about getting the players fit as it will be the lads’ first competitive fixture of the season,” he added. 
“So it’s mostly been about minutes, although this week has very much been about how best to play to get a result.
“The squad now all seem to be ready and raring to go and there’s no better way to start the season than in such a big game. 
“I’m now Academy Head of Coaching so not quite as hands on with the 18’s as when we were en-route to the final, but myself and the staff, Darren Finch and Stewart Drummond, are looking forward to the game and seeing how the lads do.
“A trophy win against Wigan would be a massive achievement for us based on their recent success at this age, yet it’s something we’re relishing and believe we can bring home.”
Getting To The County Ground
The County Ground is conveniently located just over a mile from Junction 28 of the M6. If you follow signs to the vehicle museum, the stadium is located just behind them. On approach, you will see signs for Gym etc, and the ground is in between the two buildings. A car park facility is available, there is also a council owned car park just as you turn in if the main car park is full. You will need to check on car park charges.
There will be a full range of hot and cold drinks, alcoholic drinks with Carling lager at £3 a pint. Additionally, there is a range of hot and cold food, including home-made pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and confectionary.

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