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ACADEMY | Young Exiles head to Wimborne Town in FA Youth Cup

4 November 2020

Newport County AFC's young guns will be looking to replicate the first-team's recent cup heroics when they travel to face Wimborne Town in the FA Youth Cup.

The young Exiles will make the trip to Dorset on Wednesday evening - with kick-off scheduled for 7:30pm - for their first round clash against the Magpies, hoping to build on their journey to the third round of the competition in last season's campaign.

County were eventually undone by a 3-1 defeat against a strong Blackburn Rovers, who are a category one academy side, after a spirited performance at Ewood Park.

First-team manager Michael Flynn hasn't hesitated in handing out debuts to some of the young Exiles currently in the academy after Sonny Lewis became the youngest player to represent the club when he was handed his first-team debut in the EFL Trophy in September.

Joe Woodiwiss, Lewys Twamley, Zac Maher, Callum Ryan-Phillips, Harrison Bright and Ryan Hillier are among some of the youngsters who have featured in the first team this term.

And Wednesday's cup clash against Wimborne could allow players to stake a claim for a place in County's squad for upcoming EFL Trophy fixture against Plymouth Argyle later this month.

Academy manager Damien Broad said: "We are really looking forward to this week's game against Wimborne Town.

"We watched them in the previous round and they did well to knock out Yeovil Town with a 4-3 win, so they are a very good team and we will need to put in a very good performance if we want to progress to the next round.

"The FA Youth Cup is a great competition and where we made club history last year by progressing to the third round before we eventually went out to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

"It would be great to emulate that run again this year, but for now we will just have to focus on the next game in front of us."

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