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Potters In Youth Cup Action

STOKE CITY'S Under-18s kick off their FA Youth Cup campaign this evening with Leyton Orient the opposition at the Weaver Stadium.

Action gets underway in Nantwich at 7.00pm with supporters encouraged to get along and support the Potters in their bid to make it to the next round.

Academy Director Dave Wright, who has now returned from his special educational visit to Real Madrid, is looking forward to tonight's game in what he feels is an iconic tournament.

"It's one of those competitions which everyone looks forward to because it has so much tradition at youth level," he said.

"We would like to make progress and will be giving the tournament the respect it deserves by taking the tie seriously."

The O's progressed to face the Potters after a 4-1 triumph away to Swindon Town in the previous round and Wright says that they are a decent side who won't be underestimated.

"We watched them play against Swindon and we have to give them utmost respect because they are a very hard working team who could cause us problems if we aren't switched on.

"We can't take the attitude that because they are in a lower division that it will be an easy tie because if we aren't on our game we'll get beat."

Admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

*Friday's Under-21s home game against Southampton, also at the Weaver Stadium, will now kick off at 2.00pm.

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