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Captain Melbourne previews Yeovil Youth Cup test

Baggies face the Glovers at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night

ALBION’s FA Youth Cup campaign gets up and running on Tuesday night when Yeovil Town visit The Hawthorns for a third round clash (ko 7pm).

The Baggies, who were knocked out of the competition at this stage by Arsenal last season, will have dreams of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1976.

Under-18 skipper Max Melbourne says the prestigious tournament is something the squad have been looking forward to for months, and the left-back is wise enough to realise that the differences in league position means very little at academy level.

He said: “The FA Youth Cup is massive for us.

“It’s something we’ve all been looking forward to since the start of the season.

“Cup games have a different atmosphere and they don’t come around very often so we want to do well and progress.

“The Hawthorns is a great venue to kick the competition off for us but we know that playing against Yeovil won’t be as easy as some might expect.

“We’ve studied them carefully with the coaches ahead of the game and we know that they are a very strong side.

“Anything can happen in a cup competition.

“In youth football it’s not about who’s a Premier League side and who isn’t.

“There are some really good players in academies lower down the ladder and even though Yeovil Town are a League Two side, we still have to be at our best.

“There’s no place for any side to be complacent in this competition and it’s really important to remember that.”

Supporters wishing to attend the tie can pay on the gate at the West Stand.

Prices are £5 adults and £1 concessions.

Come on you Baggies!