Oxford United’s under 18s face one of their longest trips of the seaosn on Saturday when they travel to Exeter City in the EFL Youth Alliance.
The young U’s have been in good form so far this season and will continue to push players through from the younger age groups as Leon Blackmore-Such told us
“We have been trying to ‘play people up’ and give them experience of playing matches with older age groups, so a number of under 16s have been playing in the 18s, the 18s have stepped up with the U21s and so on. It takes them out of their comfort zone and should make them hungry to push through and be at that level all the time.
“Saturday is a good test for us. Exeter will be good- they have a history of developing young players but it’s also an early start and a long journey- that’s all part of the experience, dealing with things like that and being ready to perform.”
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