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Smith: Players excited for semi-final clash

ALBION’s under-23s boss Jamie Smith says his side can’t wait to take on Stourbridge in the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night.

The young Baggies are in with a serious chance of earning themselves a piece of silverware in an otherwise difficult season after wins against Coventry Sphinx, Leamington and Alvechurch secured their place in the last four.

“Every game is important but there’s the potential for a trophy here so we’re taking it very seriously and really looking forward to it,” said Smith.

“Training has been really bright and bubbly the last few days, it’s a big game and there will be a few there watching so it’s got that big occasion feel to it.

“The lads responded really well from the Brighton match at Middlesbrough on Sunday. Even though they didn't get the result the performance was encouraging.

“Hopefully they take that performance into Wednesday night’s game and hopefully we can get a result.”

Stourbridge are currently sat 14th in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division table and have beaten Halesowen Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coleshill Town to reach this stage of the competition.

“We’ve watched lots of clips and managed to get some stuff together on them,” added Smith.

“It will be a tough game physically for the boys as we’re obviously a young squad, but it’s something we’re going to have to deal with and it will be a good learning experience for them.”

The tie at Stourbridge kicks off at 7.45pm, with admission costing £5 adults and £2 children.

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