City’s Under 18’s welcome table topping Doncaster Rovers to Riseholme College this weekend with Tom Shaw’s side looking to turn the form book on its head.
The Imps lost out by one goal last time out against Rotherham United in South Yorkshire and Tom is looking for a reaction from his players, who are all chomping at the bit to get back out onto the pitch on Saturday morning. However, he’s under no illusions that it will be a tough test against Rovers.
With City being the third highest scorers in the EFL Youth Alliance North East table, The Imps certainly won't be taken for granted by Rovers who Tom Shaw admits are a good side but his players have more than enough to get a positive result come full time.
“They’ve got a really good programme at Doncaster, they’re one of the stronger sides we have come up against and they’re a little bit further along than us. They’re a couple of years ahead of our academy so they’ve got some good players and good coaches, and they do really well in our league.”
He continued: “They’ll be a little older than us, as we’re really young, it’s going to be tough one but it’s those challenges that excite us. We will stamp our authority on the game, we’re at home, we’ll stick to how we play and what we believe in to help develop our players but it’s not going to be an easy one.”
If you would like to go and watch City’s academy side in action this weekend, head up to Riseholme College, Bishop Burton Campus on Saturday morning. It’s free for supporters to come along and watch and the game gets underway at 11am.