DONCASTER Rovers’ youth team have received a boost ahead of their Youth Alliance Cup (North) final.
Paul Stancliffe’s side face Hull City on Saturday morning at Cantley Park (11am). Hull top the North-East table by seven points with five to play and have only lost three league games this season.
The young Tigers, however, have suffered recent defeats against both Chesterfield and at the weekend to Rotherham United. Rovers and Hull have met twice already this season, with Hull winning both 3-2.
At one stage Hull, managed by former Rovers defender Billy Russell looked unstoppable, but Chesterfield inflicted only their second defeat of the season on them a fortnight ago, hitting six in the process and then Rotherham edged them out 3-2 last weekend.
Now manager Stancliffe is hopeful of another slip-up.
He said: “It will be a tough task. Our games against them were close, with only a goal in them, but it’s a final this time.
“Funnily enough I was with Billy at the weekend at the under 16 game and we’ve got a good relationship.”
In between those two defeats Hull smashed nine in against Burton Albion and striker Lewis Clarkson seems to score most weekends.
Wilson is confident that Rovers have the players in their squad to offer a goal threat.
“We like to think we’ve got a good team,” he said.
“We’re well balanced and we’ve got players who can cause problems and players who can defend.”
The winner on Saturday will face the winner of the south final between Millwall and Exeter.
Rovers lost 3-2 at the weekend with Paddy Mullen and Eddie Wilding on the scoresheet against Hartlepool.
They are fourth in the North East table, nine points behind Hull.