PREVIEW | Wrexham U18 v Blackburn Rovers U18

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 14 Nov 2017

The under 18 squad will face up against a former Wrexham assistant manager at Ewood Park tomorrow evening (15/11/2017 - 7pm kick-off) in the FA Youth Cup second round. 

It's League One Blackburn Rovers under 18's and their coach Billy Barr who stand in the way of Wrexham facing Premiership side Stoke City at My Racecourse in the next round. 

Youth coach Stephen Wright will know all about his counterpart in the dugout having worked alongside him at Wrexham and also knows it's going to be a tough test against the side who beat Tranmere Rovers in the last round. 

Wrexham however are in good form and came through extra time and penalties against Salford City in the last round at My Racecourse. 

Wright said ahead of the game: "I was thrilled for the lads to come through it against Salford and I hope we can keep the cup run going.

"It's a good tie in the next round but we're just looking at ourselves and concentrating on Blackburn. We know all about Blackburn's players.

"At this stage of the competition the teams are going to get better and we've just got to go and match them in effort, determination and quality."

Wrexham are hoping to have midfielder Brandon Burrows back from international duties with Wales ahead of the game.

It may be a tight turn around for the youngster who made starts against Slovakia, Turkey and Kazakhstan in the under 19's Euro Qualification Rounds last week.

Rovers coach Billy Barr arrived at Wrexham as assistant manager to Andy Morrell in 2011 and in 2014 became caretaker manager following Morrell's departure.  

Barr applied for the Wrexham job but was beaten to it by Kevin Wilkin despite some moderate success while in charge and left the club for Blackburn Rovers youth set up. 

After beating Tranmere Rovers in the last round he spoke to Rovers website and said: "It's Wrexham next and, again, it's going to be difficult. It's a big game for them, but also for us.

"It's been a long time since we've played in the second round and now we want to play in the third, which we're used to doing."

Here are the details for the game should you wish to attend.  

Commentary with Mark Griffiths from the game will be here:

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