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Loan players return for FA Youth Cup tie

Strong squad for Rob Tuvey to choose from

29 October 2019

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Midfielder Ayoub Assal and striker Zach Robinson are both likely to figure for our Under-18s, who have home advantage in the FA Youth Cup tonight.

Our Academy host Leyton Orient at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (kick-off 7.30 pm), and the young Dons pair, who have been gaining experience of playing senior football, are in contention.

"It's always good to have them back because they are a clinical threat for us going forward," said midfielder Dylan Adjei Hersey. "On the night we need to take our chances and try to put the game to bed early. It's really important for us to have the fans there, as it's a home draw and to have as many fans at the stadium as possible.

"We're taking it a game at a time," said captain and first year professional Archie Procter. "We want to go all the way, why can't we win it? We'll take it one game at a time though. We should have a couple more who are capable of earning pro deals, as I believe we've got a really strong squad this year."

Assal has completed a successful two-month loan at Met Police, while Zach Robinson (pictured left with Mark Robinson) has been in rich goalscoring form during his work experience with Basingstoke Town. 

Newly-signed professional Jack Madelin is also in a near full-strength Wimbledon squad for Manager Rob Tuvey to pick from, the only absentee being injured defender Luke Jenkins. Tuvey's toughest choice is who will wear the gloves for the young Dons, with both goalkeepers Bert White and Matthew Cox having made progress this season.

Admission prices for this evening's game are £5 for Adults, while Under-18s will be allowed in free of charge.

You can see the full interview with Archie Procter and Dylan Adjei Hersey at the training ground after Monday's training session below, via the link to our official You Tube channel.


If it's your first time supporting our Academy Under-18s tonight, here are a few of the personalities and players within the squad to look out for. 




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