Wolves v City u18s: Match preview
- 01 April 2014 15:32
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s travel to Wolves on Wednesday looking to go five games unbeaten as they look forward to the end of season play-offs.
The Blues can be certain of a place in the top two of the U18 Premier League North Division, guaranteeing them one of the four places available to fight for the right to be crowned national Champions at the end of the season.
City’s youngsters may have qualified for the play offs with five games to spare, but manager Jason Wilcox is still eyeing maximum points from the remaining fixtures.
“One of our objectives at the start of the season was to win the league, and we have taken the first step towards that,” Wilcox told mcfc.co.uk.
“It’s great that we have secured one of the top two places but we want to go on and win it now.
“It’s been a difficult season managing a lot of fixtures, with some of the boys playing for the u21s and being involved in the UEFA Youth League as well. But we are now coming to the end – we have five league games left before the play-offs and I would like to win every single one.
“The boys have had a fantastic season and we now aim to finish strongly.”
Winning the division will earn the City youngsters a semi-final with the runners-up of the Southern League, as well as ensuring home advantage for the one off tie, and Wilcox is keen for his team to have the experience of playing in front of a crowd at the Etihad Stadium.
He declared: “It’s important to finish as winners, but I would fancy us against whoever we play. However, if we win the division the game would be at the Etihad, which is a great motivation for the team.
“I think they have shown they can handle the pressure, we have been top for most of the season and we have no intention of letting it slip.”
City come into the clash with Wolves on the back of a last-gasp draw with Aston Villa at the weekend, after a late goal from Brandon Barker, who has been in sensational form this term, rescued a point.
It was the second of the game for the England youth international, while top scorer Thierry Ambrose took his tally to 18 for the season with the opening goal after just five minutes.
Meanwhile, Wolves earned a 2-0 win over Southampton in their last assignment, and are unbeaten in three of their last five.
These two teams last met under three weeks ago, when Barker gave the boy Blues an early lead but the match eventually finished 1-1, and City will be seeking to go one better when they travel to the Black Country.
Kick off is at 1pm, and you can read a full match report right here on mcfc.co.uk after full time.