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‘It’s a big competition for the players’

MIKE Scott says his Under-18s are “really excited” to begin their FA Youth Cup journey against Lincoln City at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening (ko 7pm).

Albion’s youngsters face the Imps knowing that a place in the fourth round, where they would be at home to QPR, awaits the winner.

“It’s a big competition for the players, they always look forward to this time of year,” said Scott.

“The lads have an expectation on themselves that they want to do well in this cup.

“They all have a buzz that they’re playing together again, because there’s been a mix of some of them in the Under-23s squad and some with the Under-18s.

“In the last week we’ve all trained together, and they’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been really good to have them all together, and there’s been a good training environment in the build-up to the game.”

Lincoln have beaten Shrewsbury Town and South Shields to reach this stage of the competition, and Scott knows that his team will have to be on their game in order to secure their place in the last-32.

“I went up and watched Lincoln play in the last round,” he added.

“They’ll be hard working, very organised and very disciplined, and will come with a plan to try and find a way to win.”

Tickets for the clash will be available on the gate for just £5 adults and £1 concessions.

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