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Brockenhurst youngsters one match away from Spurs tie in FA Youth Cup

Brockenhurst will face Tottenham if they beat Newport County
Brockenhurst will face Tottenham if they beat Newport County

IF the history-making Brockenhurst U18s manage to continue their extraordinary FA Youth Cup campaign with a win over Newport County, they will be rewarded with an away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.

The FA Youth Cup third round draw has been made, with clubs from the Premier League and EFL Championship now joining the competition.

The young Badgers have made history this season by qualifying for the FA Youth Cup first and second rounds for the first time in their history.

Brockenhurst FC U18 manager, Adam Colmer, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to progress so far in such a prestigious competition. The whole club is really proud of the team and to be one of the last non-league youth sides to make it to the second round proper is special.”

Due to the impact of the pandemic, a number of first and second-round games are still to be played. However, youth teams from sides which qualify as elite teams are exempt from the current ban on football which affects smaller clubs.

Colmer added: “We’ll go to Newport County, which is an elite club, full of confidence and enjoy playing in a stadium too. It will be a new experience for the boys, but we’ll go there looking to get the win knowing that Tottenham Hotspur awaits us if we progress into the third round. Just saying, that is amazing!”

“I and Andy Shearer, my assistant, have been with this group for many years now, and the work that everyone at the club has put in is paying off.

“Not only are they a talented group of young players, but they have a tremendous team spirit and togetherness too.

“The combination of all of that has seen us unbeaten in all competitions this season. Long may it continue!”

If Brockenhurst beat their second-round opponents, they will be in the final 32 clubs.

In the previous rounds, they first defeated Portchester before progressing past Poole Town, Kidlington and Truro City.

Current holders Manchester City, who beat Chelsea in the 2020 Final at St George’s Park earlier this month, are among the clubs who won’t have to wait after being drawn against fellow elite side Birmingham City.

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