FC Halifax Town under 19s manager Mark Trueman has said that he expects another physical challenge for his side as they prepare to travel to Hyde United (2:30 kick off) in round two of the youth League Cup.
Halifax progressed from round one after defeating Stockport County 3-2 on penalties, with goalkeeper Jack Atkinson saving three spot-kicks, after the match finished 4-4 in normal time.
After recent tough tests against Hartlepool United and Farsley Celtic, Trueman says his side must be at their best to make it through to round three.
“They’re probably one of our toughest tests that we’ve had so far this season,” Trueman admitted.
“I know they’ve got quite a few U19s whereas our team is mainly made up of U18s and U17s so they’re going to be a still stronger and more physical than us at times.”
“But they play on the first-team pitch, which is 3G, so we expect that to suit because we like to get the ball down, move it round and try to take away that physical advantage.”
Trueman believes his side have what it takes to adapt to the testing opposition.
“If a team wants to be physical and they want to battle with us then I think the team can do that, but if they want to get the ball down and play then we can match them as well.”
“But, I think they can cope with both, they’re adaptable and they’ve got to be. If they’re going to play football at a good level then they’ve got to be adaptable, as players and as a team.”
“We’re not worried about that because if we perform well then we’re going to give ourselves a good chance of getting the result.”
“The further we go in the competition, the better the teams. So, there’s more challenges for the players and we can just test ourselves against better players which is what we want to do as a club.”
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