Northampton Town Under 18s manager Jon Brady says his side are doing well at the moment.
The Cobblers youth team make the long journey to Gillingham in Group C of the EFL Youth Alliance League tomorrow morning.
Speaking at training on Friday, Brady said: “We're looking forward to the game.
“It's going to be a tough one especially because it's an early start.
“The boys have got to prepare properly, and this is part of their learning.
“They've got to do everything they can to be ready for kick-off.”
After their 5-1 win away to Stevenage last week, the Cobblers youngsters moved to second in the table.
Brady added: “First and foremost, it's about the development of the players at youth level.
“A by-product of doing well is an acceleration in their development and learning.
“The boys are doing well at the moment and there's no pressure on them to finish anywhere, but if we do finish top, it'll be great for them.”
The weather has provided an added challenge for the Under 18s so far this season, and Brady said: “We've adapted really well to all conditions this year.
“We've also adapted to a lot of change within the team because of injuries and illnesses over the last few weeks.
“Weather-wise, the boys have played in all conditions recently and they've got a real appetite for the game at the moment.
“That's really pleasing to see, and I don't think the conditions should dampen our spirits going into games.”
The squad have also battled injuries and illnesses in the first few months of the campaign, and Brady noted: “We’ve got nearly everybody back so there's healthy competition all round.
“We've got a really strong bench at the moment and that bodes well.
“The players that have been playing deserve the opportunity to stay in the side.
“Bench players and those that are coming back from injury need to work hard and try to gain opportunities to push themselves into the team.”