PDP Lead Coach Chris Brown spoke to iFollow ahead of the Youth Team's match against Bury on Tuesday, and also reflects on the weekend's win over Accrington Stanley.
It is the first meeting between the sides this season, and Brown is expecting a tough, high quality game.
“Bury have been very good over the last few years,” said Brown.
“Everytime we’ve played them it's been a really competitive game. Last year we were quite successful against them, so hopefully we can take a bit of confidence from that, and from Saturday into Tuesday.
“It’s two very local teams that want to be the best in the area. It comes down from First Team level where the fans put pressure to get the win and the bragging rights.
“The Youth Team lads see that, and are motivated from that. It’s a head-to-head in the development of the players as well. It also feeds down into the Academy for those exact reasons.
“We’ll be playing on a good quality pitch where we can play our own game. It will be a difficult match, it always is. The lads’ preparation has been positive, and they’ll get themselves ready for the match.”
It will be the Youth Team’s second match in four days, having beaten Accrington Stanley 5-2 at the weekend.
“The result was very good, scoring five good goals on a difficult pitch. Some of the goals were excellent, in how we kept possession and created really good opportunities in their final third.
“The performance was good, and I was very pleased with how we adapted to the game. We had to go long at times due to the pitch, but we competed superbly well. We won a lot of second balls and defended well at times.
“The two goals we conceded can be easily rectified – they were very easy goals to concede. However, on the flip side, I saw a hunger and appetite from players that sometimes don’t show it, and there was a collective performance that I was really pleased with.”