Southend United U18s skipper Ross Johnson is looking forward to leading his team out at Roots Hall in The FA Youth Cup on Monday evening.
Blues take on Leverstock Green in the First Round of the competition with a home tie against Barnet the prize for the winners and Johnson is excited about the prospect.
“The best thing about being a scholar is The FA Youth Cup,” he declared. “You get to play in the stadium against good teams, and hopefully we can go further than last year.
“I didn’t really play last year so I want to try and do well this year and hopefully play in some big stadiums against some big teams.”
Johnson, who succeeded Ted Smith as youth team captain this season, featured as a substitute in last year’s competition, and he has also played at Roots Hall in the Essex Senior Cup.
And the second-year scholar would love to see a big crowd at the ground for this match: “It’s a night game, under floodlights, in a stadium and it’s more like the pro life, and that’s what we are aiming to reach.
“The FA Youth Cup gets us used to playing at Roots Hall in front of the fans, and it’s a good experience for us young kids as well.”
“It’s good to play in front of the fans. They come to watch us sometimes down here, which is good, but it’s just good to get out at Roots Hall on the pitch and hopefully get a win in The FA Youth Cup,” he adds in an interview for Monday’s match programme.
Southend United face Leverstock Green in the First Round of The FA Youth Cup at Roots Hall on Monday 10th November. Kick-off is at 7:30pm and admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.