Suffolk FA under-18s are “hungry to be successful” in this season’s FA County Youth Cup, according to manager Andy Reynolds.
But Reynolds, assistant manager at AFC Sudbury, knows that alone will not be enough if Suffolk are to beat Middlesex in their third round tie on Sunday.
Suffolk face last season’s runners-up on the 3G pitch at the Wardale Williams Stadium, home of AFC Sudbury (2pm), as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for the third season in a row.
AFC players Wayne Blackman, Stefano Mallardo, James Axcell and James Baughurst are in squad, along with George Mrozek of Hadleigh United.
Reynolds said: “In the last couple of years we have needed a back-up plan of a 3G pitch, so playing at Sudbury eliminates any last-minute change of venue, which is useful for our preparations.
“Young lads are so accustomed to playing on 3G pitches it is not a problem for them. The boys are really hungry to be successful in this competition.”
Reynolds said that Suffolk would have to perform well individually and collectively if they are to reach the last eight.
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