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"Tomorrow is just rewards for the hard work and progress of the U18s this season." - Coventry City's Rich Stevens

21 April 2017

Sky Blues young charges line-up against PDL North runners-up Sheffield Wednesday...

City's U18s face the Owls tomorrow afternoon, in a north v south showdown, with a place in the National Championship final at stake.

Jason Farndon's side enter the contest on the back of just one defeat in their last 17 PDL fixtures, overtaking Charlton Athletic to become southern section champions.

The clash is a 12:00pm kick-off at the Alan Higgs Centre, and fans are welcome to attend and watch free of charge. 

Rich Stevens said: "I think the game tomorrow is just rewards for the hard work and progress of the players this season. It gives them a chance tomorrow to go out on the pitch and prove their worth in the end of season play-offs.

"From a supporters point of view, they've read about the players and seen the reports. This is a great chance for them to come and see them in the flesh.

"It will be a tight game, we've got quite a few friends at Sheffield Wednesday so we're looking forward to playing against them. I think it will be a good spectacle for the fans as well, so any support the lads can get would be fantastic."

The Owls are one of only five teams to emerge victors against City's U18s over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, but Stevens is confident the teenage Sky Blues can level the scores. 

He added: "It will be good to face them again, we went with a team that probably wasn't the right balance for the game because it was a mid-week fixture. 

"I don't think it will have any baring on the game tomorrow, we have set about our business all season for different opposition and for that particular game it didn't work for us. The lads are just looking forward to getting out there." 

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