Town youths facing a mammoth task

IPSWICH Town face a mammoth task if they are to progress in the FA Youth Cup tonight in one of English football's most famous venues.winners.

IPSWICH Town face a mammoth task if they are to progress in the FA Youth Cup tonight in one of English football's most famous venues.

Bryan Klug's side, the holders, go to Liverpool's Anfield stadium tonight shorn of three of their best players and know that even if they reach the last 16, they face another massive trip to the north-west with Burnley waiting to take on the

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Owen Garvan, Danny Haynes and Billy Clarke, who all played a part in the win over Leeds United at Elland Road in the third round, are not available for tonight's 7pm kick-off at Anfield.

Garvan and Haynes are now first-team regulars and will be in the squad travelling to Southampton tomorrow for Saturday's game, while Clarke is getting over an elbow injury.

Liverpool, who beat Cardiff City to progress, have no such selection problems.

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None of their squad are in the first team, although six are regulars in the reserves and all will be available for Steve Heighway's side tonight.

Jack Hobbs, a Portsmouth-born centre-half bought from Lincoln City, will line up alongside 17-year-old Ghanaian international Godwin Antwi, who signed from Real Zaragoza, while Spanish midfielder Miki Roque and winger Besion Idrizag, will provide top-class opposition.

Second year academy lads Conal Platt, a Republic of Ireland striker, and full-back Calum Woods are also regular reserve team players and will be involved.

The rest of the Under-18s did not have an academy game at the weekend as their match against Bolton was called off.

Ipswich Town squad: Peturrson, Casement, Trotter, Ainsley, Moore, Sheringham, Short, Boto, Fenn, Leabon, Nimmo, Hermannsson, Upson, Robinson, Plummer, Webster and Knights.

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