Mossley Take Two

by Scott Thornberry - 27th October 2010

mossley take two

Darlington will play Mossley in the FA Cup again tonight – but this time it’ll be the club’s youngsters taking them on!


Craig Liddle’s Under-18s team will take on Mossley in the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup at the Northern Echo Arena tomorrow evening – just four days after Mark Cooper’s senior team knocked them out of the senior FA Cup at the weekend.


After beating York City’s youth team in the previous round, Darlo’s high-flying youngsters will be hoping to progress to the first round proper.



And with admission prices of just £3 and £1 (concessions) for tomorrow night’s game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, it’s an ideal opportunity for Darlington fans to have a look at the club’s youth products.


The young Quakers side are top of the Youth Alliance North-East League with six league wins from their opening eight games.


And boss Liddle says his players should be relishing their FA Youth Cup test at the Arena.


“The competition provides the players with an opportunity to play at some top venues,” says Liddle.

 “Realistically it isn’t a cup that we’re going to win, but there’s no reason we can’t get through a few rounds and if we can do that, we could face the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United.


“All FA Youth Cup games are played at the club’s grounds, so a few wins under our belts and we could be walking out at Old Trafford or Anfield. It would be some experience for the boys and that’s the prize at stake.


“Mark Cooper and Richard Dryden will also be at the game to see what they’ve got to offer so there’s plenty for the lads to play for.


“It’s also a great chance for our fans to have a look at the young players we’re bringing through at the club.


“We’ve had a decent start to the season and things are going quite well. Most fans won’t get the opportunity to see us because our games are Saturday’s but with no senior game this midweek it’s a great chance to come and have a look.”

Fans can gain entry to the Arena tonight via turnstiles 10 and 11, with admission just £3 adults and £1 concessions.