Biggleswade United prepare for FA Youth Cup fixture
United’s U18 side take on Cogenhoe United in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup next Thursday, with the added incentive of a potential local derby with Biggleswade Town should both teams progress from their respective ties.
In its history the club have seldom competed in this prestigious tournament and manager Keith Castle and his ambitious squad are relishing the prospect of rivalling the nation’s best young sides.
They had this to say:
‘Not knowing a lot about the team makes it a very difficult but also very exciting match. This will definitely be a challenge for the boys but that is exactly what we need to progress and become stronger as a club. Once again not knowing much about our opposition will bring difficulties but will be just what we need to push ourselves and show how Biggleswade should perform. With the training sessions the great season we’ve had, we are positive about what will come.’
How the team has developed
‘This Biggleswade side has developed greatly throughout the season. 60% of the team have been together now for 10 years, bonding and building great connections with one another. All the players have such a great knowledge of the game, watching and growing up with football their whole lives; they really are passionate to play. Within the side there is such good camaraderie, even with some newcomers recruited from the local area that were chosen from a pool of trialists.There is a solid family aspect amongst the group and a lot of the team have come from a very successful Hitchin Town side, who were winners of the Prem Cup.’
‘To be truly honest there isn’t one stand out player as all the boys compliment each other and bring out the best in each other, pushing each other to their full ability. There are some boys that all the team go to for support and control within the game: Lewis Castle; Charlie Moss and Jack Bendon being a few. All have key roles running the game and making sure the players around them are doing what they should be, mostly to bring morale and order to the team.’
Role of the Captain
‘Josh Mollison is a true example of what a great captain should be; he has really improved his game and become much stronger as a captain as the season has progressed. Running the game from in goal, he has an overall perspective of the game and gets to see how each individual is performing and what they could improve on with all the boys respecting him and listening to what he has to say.’
Prospect of facing Biggleswade Town
‘We are extremely looking forward to the derby against Biggleswade Town if we get the result we want on Thursday. Biggleswade Town are very strong in all departments and will make it a both a game to remember and a real stepping stone towards improving the side.’
‘Overall we are very excited with what Biggleswade are doing as a club as there are loads of opportunities for the boys to progress to first team football. Having great support from Guillem Balague, Fran and the academy really make Biggleswade a great club to play for and be a part of. Finally we are looking forward to a hard season in the E.J.A.’
Everyone at the club is excited by this developing side and their FA Youth Cup appearance is hotly anticipated. The boys travel to Cogenhoe United on Thursday 7th September, KO 7.45pm.