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INTERVIEW: Adekoya can't wait for Bolton in the Youth Cup

The Reds will host Bolton Wanderers in the second round of this season's FA Youth Cup

15 November 2021

After scoring 11 goals in his last five games, Accrington Stanley's Leslie Adekoya can't wait for tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup second round tie against Bolton Wanderers, 7pm kick-off.

The Salford-born striker, who joined the Reds at Under-16 level, added another two goals to his tally during Friday's 7-2 away win over Oldham Athletic in the Youth Alliance League. 

"I've just been training well and listening to the advice that the coaches have been giving me.

"As a team we've managed to score 20 goals in our last four games and I've been fortunate enough to benefit from the way we've been playing recently.

"We're all focused on tomorrow night and we're not letting it get to us, but hopefully there's more to come."

John Miles' Under-18s side secured their spot in the second round with a 4-3 extra-time win over Wigan Athletic, with Adekoya having scored Stanley's first two goals of the evening.

"The first round match was a crazy one to be honest. We didn't want to lose it after being 3-0 up and Harley Lawton's late winner was a great relief for all of us.

"To play in front of a crowd was an unbelievable experience, not only for me but the team as well. The home support really helps us as players and the noise they created was unreal.

"Not all of us will get a pro contract at Accrington but it's a great experience to play at the Wham Stadium."

The Youth Team are currently fifth in the Youth Alliance League table and have won their last seven games, with the 17-year-old keen to credit the coaching staff within the Academy.

"All of the coaches are brilliant, they really pinpoint what they want us to do and how they want us to play.

"Everyone knows their jobs and roles in the team, which is good and it's helping us to win matches."

"A few of the lads played for the Under-23s against Huddersfield last week and it's great to see that there is a progression pathway.

"We know that if we perform well for the Youth Team, then there are going to be opportunities to feature in Ged Brannan's side in the Central League fixtures."

Tickets for tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup second round tie against Bolton Wanderers are available to purchase up until kick-off.

  • Adults - £5
  • Concessions - £5
  • Under-16s - £2

The retail shop is open from 10am until 4pm between Monday and Friday.


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