Farnborough Academy Manager, Marc Wardley praised the support from the Club ahead of Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup tie.

In the build up to the upcoming FA Youth Cup tie at Home to Oxford City, Academy Manager, Marc Wardley spoke to Ryan Chitson from Knights Group Sports.

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game at The Rushmoor Community Stadium…

“Really excited – it’s the start of the Season. It’s the first game – the under 18 game – and I think everyone connected with the Academy are really excited.

“All the lads are really buzzing for it and everyone’s looking forward to get going now.

On Pre-Season drawing to a close…

“[I’m] confident. I think the lads have done well. We’ve picked up momentum at the right time. It’s always a little bit indifferent Pre-Season because you’re chopping and changing the team and giving people loads of game time.

“The last three games we’ve won two and drawn one. Our last game against Southampton Sparsholt – who are a very strong side – we got a 2-2 draw, which was a good test for us and good sending us into the new Conference Season.

“Especially the under 18 lads, who will be playing in the Youth Cup have done very well. So hopefully it should go okay and we put a good account of ourselves on Wednesday night.

On preparations for the FA Youth Cup…

“We started the preparation last Friday – we did some work again today (Monday). We’ll do some more stuff tomorrow (Tuesday) and then it’s going into the game.

“Hopefully preparing them (the players) the best that they can be but obviously once they cross the white line then it’s down to the players then to try and implement what we’ve been doing.

“Hopefully we can do that and hopefully we can get the result.

On Wednesday’s opponents, Oxford City…

“In the last few years there’s been quite a strong youth set up at Oxford City and I think they will be quite strong. I think we’re going to have to be on our game.

“I expect a tough game from them so as long as we’re doing our jobs, putting on a good account and giving it our best, that’s all the lads can do really on the day.

“Sometimes [we’ll need] a bit of luck on the day – a decision here or there could go for or against you – and can determine whether you go through to the next Round or not.

On the starting eleven…

“I probably know the starting eleven now. You’re this close, you’ve got to know at least nine or ten of the players.

“[There are] one or two positions still up for debate but by the time of the end of training tomorrow (Tuesday) I will know the starting eleven, definitely.

On Oxford City also being Farnborough’s League opponents and the visitors fielding a young side…

“You don’t know what they’ve got in terms of the under 19 players. You can gauge a rough idea from them – how they play.

“I’m sure they play the same way throughout their under 18 and 19 teams so it’s a small indication of what they can do but I’m sure they’ll have different personal when we play they in the Conference League.

Farnborough Academy were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at this stage last Season. Marc is more hopeful this year…

“I think we’re a little bit stronger this year in terms of what we’ve recruited. Hopefully we’ll put on a better show than what we did last year.

“To be fair, the lads did okay last year but I think we’re a little bit stronger this year so hopefully the lads can equip themselves a little bit better than what we did last year and hopefully have a little bit of a run in the FA Youth Cup if we can.

On the current good buzz and the importance of the support from the Club…

“It’s great to have that support from the Club and from people around, especially with the feel good factor with the First Team at the moment.

“So hopefully we might get a few supporters that come along and watch. The FA Youth Cup is always quite a big thing for any Club.

“It’s important to have the support of the Club. It’s great that everyone’s behind us and wants us to do well.

On the number of supporters hopefully increasing…

“A lot of the lads are saying that their friends and families are all coming out to support so hopefully we can get that or better that which would be really nice if we could.

“Of course it’s important – they [the players] know they’ve got their friends and family there. They want to put on a good show. They don’t want to go there and let themselves down.

“They want to put on the best show they possibly can to make their family and all their friends proud of them.”

The winners will travel to Maidenhead Town or Binfield in the FA Youth Cup First Round Qualifying, in the week commencing Monday 19 September.

Please invite your family and friends along to support Farnborough’s stars of the future!

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