“I don't think there are any kind draws. The boys have been working hard in training and have bought into the importance of the competition. ”
Nathan Church - U18s Manager
The Young Clarets travel to Barking in the First Qualifying Round of the 2017/18 FA Youth Cup having reached the 2nd Qualifying Round stage last season where they lost to Leiston.
The U18 side are yet to begin their League campaign yet but pre-season saw them win three and lose two in a competitive build-up to the season.
The Clarets' U18 Manager, Nathan Church, spoke ahead of their trip to Barking, saying: "Preparations have been good, coming in at the 1st qualifying round has given us a few extra weeks than other sides so it's been good to have more time to touch up on a few things.
"The boys have been working hard in training and have bought into the importance of the competition.
"FA Youth Cup games always have a special feel about them compared to league games." He continued. "You don't find many games where you get an atmosphere like you do playing under the lights on a weeknight. Knowing where a good run can get you also adds to the experience.
"In the early few rounds I don't think there are any kind draws. Having already played a round adds to Barkings home advantage as their players have already experienced the feeling of playing in the youth cup which no doubt will ease their nerves.
"A home tie would have been nice, the pitch is in good shape and it's always nerve racking for a young side to come play away at the Melbourne Community Stadium."
You can follow the young Clarets' journey in the FA Youth Cup on Twitter (@OfficialClarets) and we'll have a match report up following the match.
Updated 21:41 - 17 Sep 2017 by Matt Lee