Oxford United’s under 18s face familiar opposition on Saturday when they travel to Portsmouth in the EFL Youth Alliance.
The U’s came through a penalty shoot-out win against the same Pompey side on Tuesday afternoon as they progressed in the Youth Alliance Cup although coach Leon Blackmore-Such does not believe that game will have any bearing on the league meeting.
“It’s all part of the learning curve” he told us. “We have a very young side of mainly first years with the under 16s pressing through as well.
"Not too many will have played the same side twice in a week like this so that will be interesting to see. I’m sure Portsmouth will be desperate to put the record straight after Tuesday but that was a really close game and we expect the same thing on Saturday.”
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