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Grimsby Town youth team to face Norwich City U18s in pre-season friendly at Cheapside

By Adam Smith

Grimsby Town youth team welcome the U18s of newly-promoted Premier League side Norwich City to Cheapside in a pre-season friendly in July.

Neil Woods’ side, who had now-first teamers Ollie Battersby, Mattie Pollock, Jock Curran, and Brandon Buckley in their ranks, won the EFL North East Youth Alliance title in 2018-19.

And the young Mariners will be hoping to keep that good momentum going, ahead of the 2019-20 season.

But they face a tough test on Saturday as they host Premier League U18 South side Norwich City in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 27 (1pm).

The Canaries finished bottom-place last season, after losing 17 of their 22 games, but it is a tough league indeed – with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Southampton in the division.

But despite their finish in the PL U18 South last season, first-team manager Daniel Farke utilised plenty of youth academy graduates – Jamal Lewis, Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, and Todd Cantwell – as they won the Championship in 2018-19.

And this Saturday’s friendly will provide Town with a chance to pit themselves against a youth academy which has provided plenty of first-team talent at an elite level.

Image credits: Anne Boyers.

Updated 12:05 - 24 May 2019 by Adam Smith

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