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Wigan test for young Imps in Youth Alliance Cup

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Wigan test for young Imps in Youth Alliance Cup
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Lincoln City's head of youth Damian Frogatt says he is quietly confident his side can upset the odds when they welcome Wigan in the second round of the Youth Alliance Cup.

The under-18 Imps have delivered their most impressive performances in cup competition this season, winning 1-0 away at Bury in the Alliance Cup first round and reaching the Midland Youth Cup final against Shrewsbury, writes Jonathan Hart.

Froggatt expects another top cup performance at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School, Wragby Road on Saturday (11am).

"The boys have done well in cup ties so far, and if we play well and to our strengths we should have a good chance," said Froggatt.

While the gulf between the sides may not be as great as between the senior teams, Wigan's youth team still play North West Youth Alliance, which according to Froggatt, is a much better division than the North East Division Lincoln play in.

"It's a much bigger and stronger league because of the bigger population in the North West and the proximity of clubs, means they can call on much higher academies," he explained.

The game marks an opportunity for the Imps, who are also light-years apart from Wigan in the financial stakes, to showcase what it's academy can achieve with limited resources.

Therefore the team is calling for people to turn out and rally behind them.

"It's a great opportunity for local people and Imps fans to see some of the youth players who are making a name for themselves in and around the town," said Froggatt.

"We need lots of support for this really exciting fixture."

However, despite Lincoln's fruitful cup runs, they've been experiencing dismal league form of late with just one win in their last seven games, whereas Wigan have just one defeat in eight.

Although, Froggatt who was appointed as head of youth in July insists that Lincoln's performances have been better than their results suggest.

"We haven't really played badly," he said. "There's probably only once or twice all year where we've really performed below par, but in almost every Youth Alliance game we've been competitive.

"The results don't reflect that accurately, but the cup is a great diversion, and our good cup form has been a confidence booster going into this game."

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