Preview of tonight's London Senior Cup semi-final
Shaun North has challenged his young squad to make the most of a “fantastic opportunity” in tonight’s London Senior Cup tie.
Jim Fenlon (pictured) and Seb Brown will be the only first-team players in Wimbledon’s squad for the semi-final tie at Cray Valley Paper Mills.
But with first-team management watching from the sidelines, it offers the Under-21s another chance to impress.
“We have a young squad out tonight with Seb Brown as the only senior professional,” said Shaun, who joined the Dons as Under-21 Development Coach last summer. “Matches like this are very important for us. We’ve played a lot of friendlies this season against teams from different levels, but there is a certain competitive edge to these games. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the players to show what they can do in front of first-team management and staff.
“We’ve entered three cup competitions this season. One of those was a professional competition and we got beat 4-3 by QPR in a very competitive match. That was disappointing and we also went out of the other competition we were in. We have given ourselves a chance in this one. I went and watched Cray Valley on Saturday so that I could have a look at their pitch and how they play. They try and pass it and though the pitch is a bit bobbly that goes for most pitches at this time of year. We can have no complaints about that and I’m sure it will be an exciting game.”
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The AFC Wimbledon squad for tonight’s match is as follows: Seb Brown, Billy Bishop, Kieran Tarbie, Oluseyi Daley, Jim Fenlon, Charlie Fayers, Harry Cooksley, Rob Switon, Dan Pearse, Tom Beere, Chace Jacquart, George Oakley, Dan Agyei, Callum Overton, Ryan Sweeney, Egli Kaja.
The match tonight (7.45 pm kick-off) will be held at the following venue: Badger Sports Ground, Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London, SE9 5HT. The nearest train station for those planning to travel by public transport is Mottingham BR.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults £8, Concessions £5 (proof required via student card/OAP pass, Under-16s free if accompanied by an adult.
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