Football: Norton up for the cup as Potters come out to play
NORTON United are relishing the chance to take on a youthful Stoke City side tonight in a first-round Staffs Senior Cup tie.
The Potters will field their under-21 side for the game, which is at Norton's Community Drive Ground (7.45pm).
Norton chairman Steve Beaumont said: "To have a Stoke City side come here is fantastic.
"It's always nice to play a professional team and hopefully we will get quite a few people along to the game.
"Stoke's under-21s are playing a lot of their matches at Nantwich Town, but this is a chance for people in the city to come and watch some of Stoke's young stars."
The North West Counties Premier League side have a strong relationship with the Potters.
In fact, Norton's changing rooms were donated by Stoke after they completed their £6m training ground facility at Clayton Wood.
Stoke's squad will include striker Derice Richards and midfielder Kris Scott from the under-18s squad as both have impressed this season.
Striker Jack Nardiello and defender Curtis Strong are rested after being on international duty with Wales under-19s, but keeper Daniel Bachmann is set to play after returning from under-19s duty with Austria.
Stoke academy manager Dave Wright said the club enjoy playing in the Staffs Senior Cup.
He added: "It gives our lads the chance to play against senior players.
"We feel that is good for their development so we will take this tie seriously."
Admission tonight costs £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.