Cobblers under 18s coach Jon Brady previews Wednesday night’s FA Youth Cup first round tie with Colchester United at the PTS Academy Stadium, kick-off 7pm.
Brady admits that the visitors start the tie as favourites, but says that his side are relishing the challenge ahead of them.
“Colchester are a category 2 academy side so on paper they would probably start the game as favourites (the Northampton Town Academy is category 3) but we’ve had a really good start to the season and the players have been performing really well as a team and individuals and they are relishing the opportunity,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for the players to test themselves and show how well they have been performing this season and it’s on nights like this where the players really get to showcase themselves to the manager as well as the supporters and they are really looking forward to it.
“We’ve been playing some really good attractive football and hopefully the supporters will see that on Wednesday night. We’ve scored 44 goals in 12 games and the team is certainly capable of creating lots of chances.
“The support we’ve had from the fans has been excellent as it was last year and hopefully as many people as possible can make it along on Wednesday. I know the players really appreciate the fans support.
“The FA Youth Cup is a fantastic competition and you know if you can get through the first couple of rounds you can come up against one of the top teams.
“We had a great run last year and managed to play Arsenal so we’d love something similar again.
“Colchester will be tough opposition but if we play to our maximum we will give ourselves every chance.”
Admission prices on Wednesday are £5 adults, £1 senior citizens and free for under 18s. All supporters can pay on arrival.