Rebels Youth set for game of a lifetime

Rebels celebrate at Biggleswade in the last round. Picture by Marcus Hoare
Rebels celebrate at Biggleswade in the last round. Picture by Marcus Hoare

WORTHING Football Club’s under-18 team entertain Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Youth Cup next week, for what Rebels boss Ian Hart is calling the game of a lifetime.

Rebels have progressed through six rounds to reach the third round and will now host Middlesbrough on Wednesday, with a 7pm kick-off, at Woodside Road.

Hart said: “This is the type of game that comes along once in a lifetime for the majority of the side. It is the last season in the FA Youth Cup for a number of the team and we have had it confirmed that this is the furthest a non-league team from Sussex has got in 63 years of the competition.

“It’s really exciting to welcome Middlesbrough, who are the under-18 champions of England. However, at the end of the day, it is only 11 against 11 and a lot of our boys have attracted the attention from clubs who are of a similar size to Middlesbrough.

“I hope the Worthing footballing public come out to support the team as they can be a 12th man and I know the boys will do Worthing Football Club proud.”

Hart has been Rebels’ youth team manager for five years. They have twice finished runners-up in the Ryman League South Division, reached two County Cup semi-finals and the last four of the Ryman Youth League Cup.

Entry for Wednesday’s game is £3 adults, £1 concessions and under-12s are free.

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