Jack Cudworth - Preston North End Fc

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In the Starting Eleven

Match: Hull City U18 v Preston North End U18

Saturday and a long trip to Hull for a place in the semi final was at stake. We set off to Deepdale at about 7.30 and arrived just after 10am. The coach driver had stopped at the KC Stadium thinking we were playing there!

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Ball Work, Kicking and Shots

Friday and once again I was with Dave for a while in the morning. The session wasn’t as long as yesterday though because the pros were traveling to Watford at 2pm. We did some work with shots from the angle and some second ball work.

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Training with the Pros

On Thursday we were training as there was no college due to it being half term week. Everyone’s attention was starting to turn to the big match against Hull at the weekend.

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Gym Testing

Wednesday and the pros were off so we had the training ground to ourselves again. We were split into two groups, half of the lads went swimming and the other half stayed and did some testing in the gym. The test was to see what effect fatigue had on accuracy.

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Reserve Action

Match: Manchester City Reserves v Preston North End Reserves

Tuesday was match day and it was Manchester City away. We had to report at Deepdale at 11.30 therefore we didn’t have to go into training in the morning. We played at a stadium which is literally right next to the City of Manchester stadium.

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On the Bench – Great news

The pros had Monday off following their great game with Pompey so we had the training ground to ourselves. Geoff was away skiing so that meant no weights, something I wasn’t complaining about!

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Live on Sky

Sunday was match day and Portsmouth were in town. The Sky TV crew were in the tunnel before the match including Martin Tyler, who I got a picture taken with. All the stars were there, including David James, who is an absolute monster.

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Polish Exercises!

Saturday and everyone was in as the first team were training in preparation for the FA Cup tie against Portsmouth. I was with Dave again and we did some handling work before moving into some exercises that Szamo had learned in Poland.

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Rovers in Town

Match: Preston North End U18 v Tranmere Rovers U18

Thursday was College as usual and Friday was match day once again as Tranmere Rovers visited Springfields. It was our first game at Springfields since before Christmas when we beat Burnley 2-1.

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Lancashire FA Youth Cup - Quarter Final

Match: Preston North End U18 v Bury U18

Wednesday was match day, the quarter final for the Lancashire FA Youth Cup and league leaders Bury were the opponents. The game was delayed by 45 minutes due to a nasty accident on the M61.

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Cup Match Build-Up

Tuesday morning and once again we were on grass due to the good weather. We also learned that we wouldn’t be playing the Bury game at Deepdale, but at Irongate, Bamber Bridge FC’s ground, which everyone wasn’t too happy with.