Proceeds going to East Anglia's Children's Hospices

GRAEME Murty has called on his Under-16s team to rise to the challenge when they face Ipswich Town at Portman Road this evening (7pm).

The next generation of young Yellows will be competing with their East Anglian counterparts for the Ipswich Hospital Cup, with proceeds from the match going to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

Murty, who joined the Club as Youth Development Phase Lead Coach from Southampton ahead of this season, told "The game represents a different test for them to master.

"It will be interesting to see who reacts in what way. We’ll see if it changes their body language, or changes the way they communicate; those are all things you can learn as a coach.

"The match will provide another indicator as to the player and their character, which is what it’s all about. The boys have had challenges all the way through the season so it’s a positive experience.

“Going out and performing at a stadium in front of what will hopefully be a big crowd will be another new aspect for the boys to master in their development.”

Historically, the two clubs' first team squads competed for the trophy but this year the Academy sides will go head-to-head.

The last Ipswich Hospital Cup game saw the honours shared courtesy of a 1-1 draw in 1990, with the competition now returning after a 25-year absence.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for Under-16s.

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