U18's Youth Cup Match Preview: Stoke v Hull

Last updated : 26 January 2010 By Dan Buxton

Stoke take to the field tonight aiming to book a place in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup, knowing they have a home tie with Crystal Palace waiting for them if they progress.

The Potters Under 18's also know that the winner of that faces a trip to either Newcastle or West Ham in the quarter finals.

City made their return to action, following six weeks off due to the winter break and bad weather, on Saturday and let a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 defeat away at in form Manchester United. With that 90 minutes under their belt, and Warwick Alexander back from a spell in Stafford Rangers first team, they will be hoping to beat fellow Premier League side Hull.

Although they are in the Premier League Hull do not have academy status, relying on a centre of excellence to produce their young stars, and have one recognised star player, in striker Mark Cullen who has netted 27 of the Tigers 42 goals this season. The Potters aren't the only team to have made a weekend comeback after a long spell out of action as Hull also played for the first time in six weeks, losing 3-1 to Bury in the Youth Alliance Cup.

The Potters progressed to this stage thanks to Matt Cohen's last minute winner away at Carlisle whilst a double from Cullen helped Hull see off Shrewsbury.

The game kicks off at 7pm at the Britannia Stadium, with a £3 admission fee for adults and £1 concessions.