MESSAGE FROM STACY REED MANAGER OF THE UNDER 18S
This is the biggest game in these players' short career up to now, but I'm sure with the quality we have in the squad, that some of these players will play in much bigger games in the near future.
6 of this squad have been with me since they were 7 years old and I always said to them "I would take them to a point where they would be good enough to play non league football". Many of the squad have been to academies and witnessed rejection which can have an adverse affect on young players, but I believe that the academy system doesn't always suit certain individuals, and they will make it through another path ie non league, and then into the league like many others have over the years at Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Playing against a full time academy will certainly test the lads tonight, but one I'm sure they are all looking forward to.