FC Halifax Town under 19s head coach Mark Trueman is confident that his squad can build on their fantastic form in the final few weeks of the season and is targeting a place in the final of the National Alliance League Cup.
The under 19s are currently on a run of 14 matches without defeat, with ten wins and just four draws since October’s 2-1 loss away to Hartlepool in the FA Youth Cup.
In late January, the young Shaymen progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup after coming from behind to defeat Mansfield 2-1, securing a fixture against either Dartford or Brentwood in the final eight.
Trueman is hopeful that his side can maintain their long undefeated and secure a place in the final of the competition.
“We’re a strong team, obviously winning the league last year, and then the year before that we got to the semi-finals of the League Cup as well,” Trueman said.
“We’re looking to keep building from it. From our programme, it shows that we’re one of the top academies and youth teams in the National League.”
“Our goal now is to win the quarters and hopefully get to the final, that’s the challenge now for the team. It’ll be a tough test because we’ve either got Dartford or Brentwood, who won the competition last year. If we perform as well as we did against Mansfield, then we’ve got a chance.”
Whilst Trueman is eyeing league and cup success and youth team level, he admits that his aim is to bring young prospects through the first-team squad.
“There are a lot of second-year lads in the team now and obviously with Jamie (Fullarton) coming in, our lads, just like the first-team lads, will be looking to impress,” continued the head coach.
“Our youth team lads are looking to push to hopefully get a contract at the club. For us, it’s all about developing the team and the better opposition that we face, the better for us. It’s about playing in big games.”
“If we can win something this season, then brilliant, but if we can get one or two of our players, first-team contracts, then that would be more beneficial for the club and the youth-team.”
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