AFC Fylde dedicate FA Youth Cup tie against Cambridge to memory of team-mate Luke Bennett

AFC Fylde Under-18s are dedicating tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie to the memory of team-mate Luke Bennett.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:00 am

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The young Coasters visit Cambridge United in a third-round tie to be played at Newmarket Town FC, with a 6pm kick-off.

Fylde have never progressed to this stage of the competition before but the build-up has been overshadowed by the death of 17-year-old Bennett, from Chorley, in a tragic accident 11 days ago.

AFC Fylde will play in the third round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time on Wednesday

Fylde team boss Conrad Prendergast told the club website: “It’s been a really difficult time for the players and staff. We’ve spoken a lot about the game, and how we want to go there and do it for Luke and his family.

“It’s going to be a really emotional night for us all, going there without him – we want to do him proud.”

It will be Fylde’s first competitive game since beating Sunderland 3-1 in the previous round almost four months ago, with a mouthwatering tie away to Chelsea awaiting the winners in round four.

Prendergast added: “It’s going to be a different game completely, especially away from home on a 3G surface.

“We’re the underdogs again. We will just go there and do what we are good at. If that is enough to win the game, then brilliant.”

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