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Nine U18s called up to First Team

Manager Paul Cox has included 9 of the Performance Centre Youth Team in his squad for this evening’s Lancashire Cup fixture against Bury.

With Bury planning to bring a majority reserves and U18 side to the Furness Building Society Stadium, it has been decided that the U18s can complement the First Team- who will include a number of players who have not featured as much so far this season.

We are delighted to announce that the following have been selected for this evening’s game:

Callum Caldwell

Jack Elliott

Callum Fawcett

Charlie Foster

Jamie Hodgson

Harry Mellen

Ben Stoker

Thomas Unwin

Josh Woodend

Well done to all of the above and we hope that they enjoy the experience.

U18s Bow Out to Fylde

A tough test yet brilliant experience as it’s an early exit for the U18s in this season’s FA Youth Cup. The lads gave it their all
but came up against an experienced and well-organised side.

Fylde started the stronger and were targeting the right-hand side, with Josh Woodend and Harry Mellen working hard to counteract.  However, the early pressure proved successful and Billington found space down the right to cut inside the box and see his low cross tapped in at the back post by the lively Tasmedir. The early pressure continued to flow and goalkeeper Charlie Foster made a number  of excellent saves to keep the home side at bay. However, it was his namesake who added a second when Ashby’s cross-field ball evaded the left side of defence and Foster had time to bring the ball down and fire into the bottom left. Barrow did come into the game and began to make a Cup tie of it, playing some neat football at times and got their just reward, a quick counter-attack by Wallace found Stoker who collected the ball in the box and slotted into the bottom right. Woodend nearly pulled AFC back on level terms on the half-time whistle when another quick-break led to a snap shot on goal which was denied by the home keeper.

Both teams started strongly in the second half with Unwin’s long-range effort denied and Wallace’s back-post header tipped around the post from Woodend’s corner. However Fylde got the decisive goal against the run of play and just as Barrow were regrouping, when Woods was substituted with injury; Ashby managed to get on the second ball and smash the ball in from an uncleared corner. Barrow continued to work hard but Fylde again managed to find space on the right and Foster grabbed his second in similar fashion -shooting across to the far post after a break down the right.

A tough-and-testing night for the boys but none the less, a great experience where they showed that they can compete at that level and moved the ball well at times.

Weekend Centre Fixtures

It is another busy week at the Centre as we take on Everton, AFC Fylde, Nelson, Morecambe and Lancaster City:

Wednesday 5th October
U11 v Morecambe- Furness College 3G, 6:30pm
U12 v Morecambe- Furness College 3G, 6:30pm

Thursday 6th October
FA Youth Cup 2nd Round Qualifying
AFC Fylde v U18- Kellamergh Park, 7:45pm14440881_1200225409999255_4800740927037912949_n
Adults £2.00; under-16s £1.00

U14 v Lancaster City- Furness College 3G, 6:30pm
U15- Boxing Session

Friday 7th October
Everton v U11- Finch Farm, 6:30pm

Sunday 9th October
North West Youth Alliance
U18 v Nelson, Furness Building Society Stadium, 2:00pm

Liverpool v U11, The Academy, 1:00pm



U18 triumphant in LFA Cup 1st Round

Highfield Grange U18 1-4 Barrow AFC U18

The Bluebirds continue their excellent start to the new season by progressing to the 2nd round of the Phil Collier Associates Lancashire Cup.

Two goals from young defender Thomas Unwin was complimented by goals from Ben Stoker and Jack Elliott, who now has 4 goals in 3 games for AFC.

Another well done to the players and staff.

Squad Photos

A&M Photography will be visiting the Furness Building Society Stadium on Saturday 22nd October to photograph this season’s squads.  The early visit ensures that photographs can be distributed quickly for Christmas orders.  Further information will follow regarding timeslots for each squad.


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