Young full-back Jordan Williams can't wait for another chance under the lights at Roots Hall in the FA Youth Cup
After featuring for the first team in a friendly at Roots Hall during pre-season, Jordan Williams is hoping to play on the big stage many more times for Southend United, starting with Monday night’s FA Youth Cup Second Round tie against Oxford United.
Full-back Williams was just 15 when he appeared as a substitute in the pre-season friendly against West Ham United, and it was an occasion that he will remember for the rest of his life: “It was a dream to play in front of that many people, and I just want to do it again and again.”
“It was a really good experience, I enjoyed it a lot. I was happy to get picked for it and I was very proud as well. Hopefully it is the first of many more opportunities to play at Roots Hall,” he said.
The FA Youth Cup is the closest a youth team player will get to appearing for the senior squad and Williams, who joined Blues from Charlton Athletic last season, was delighted to be selected for the First Round fixture against Maidstone United.
“Playing in the FA Youth Cup was a good experience as well. It’s a big competition and a big occasion for everyone. It gave us a chance to get used to playing in front of a crowd.”
“They were the underdogs and we were expected to win that game. I think the pressure got to some people because there was so much expectation on us to win.”
“It wasn’t really a good performance because people were nervous about playing in The FA Youth Cup, but we got through it and we’re focussed on Oxford now. We want to get the win and play some good football as well,” the first-year scholar declared.
Premier League outfit Swansea City await the winners in the Third Round, and Williams has encouraged Southend supporters to get down to Roots Hall and help cheer the side on to a meeting with the Welsh club.
“We have a really good squad and, if people come along, I think they’ll enjoy it because we’ve got a good bunch of players here at Southend.”
“I’m looking forward to it a lot and hopefully I can put in a good performance. We want to get the win and then we can look forward to Swansea in the Third Round.”
“It’s a really good incentive, so hopefully we can win this game to set it up,” he concluded.
Southend United welcome Oxford United to Roots Hall in the Second Round of The FA Youth Cup on Monday 25th November. Kick-off is at 7.00pm and admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.