Managers preparing their teams for County Youth Cup Final.
Essex v West Riding
The FA County Youth Cup Final
2pm, Sunday 22 April 2012
Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester United FC
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The managers of both Essex CFA and West Riding CFA are today preparing their young players for what will be the biggest game in their embryonic careers at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After seeing off the best of the County representative sides over the course of the season, it's now down to this game to see who becomes the latest to lift The FA County Youth Cup and Essex boss Graham Hall hopes his players can put on a show in front of a home crowd.
"Sometimes players don’t realise how many national finals they may go on to play in their career, and this game will be something they’ll be able to look back on with pride when they are older," said Hall.
"The players have all worked hard; we’ve got a very good squad and they all want to play, which is fantastic. They’ve all been competing for places, but they’ve also been looking forward to The Final and hopefully they’ll be able to do themselves justice.
"The difficult thing has been deciding who’s going to actually be in the squad, let alone in the team, with 22 players up for consideration."
It's been a similar message from West Riding chief John Gardiner, whose team have taken on a steely resilience over the course of the campaign to reach The Final.
"We have a well organised and strong group of players who have instilled in themselves discipline, work ethic, a will to win with the right attitude and try to play the game the right way," explained Gardiner.
"Although our run to The Final has not been easy, the most important factor is that we have been difficult to beat, having only conceded one goal.
"It is difficult to know what to expect from Essex in The Final but any team that gets this far commands our respect."