TOM CLARKE will be on Cup duty for Town Juniors at the Galpharm tomorrow.
The England Under 19 cap is unable to earn a first-team place at the moment, so he will lead the Academy's bid to beat UniBond League Burscough in the FA Youth Cup.
The first-round tie kicks off at 7.00 and Town hope for a sizeable crowd to cheer on John Dungworth's charges.
"With Burscough having captured national headlines for their senior side knocking Gillingham out of the Cup proper, there couldn't be a better time for us to be playing them at youth level," said Town Academy director Gerry Murphy.
"Their whole club will be on a high at the moment and they will be coming here determined to knock us out, so we are ready for a tough match."
Town had Burscough watched when they trounced Workington 11-0 in the final qualifying round.
"The report said they are a very organised team and the scoreline speaks for itself, so we will need to be on our mettle," added Murphy.
"If we perform like we can and show the same commitment the lads have been showing all season, they we will win the tie.
"It's a great bonus for us, of course, to have Tom Clarke available.
"If some of the younger lads start to get a bit carried away, then Tom will be there with his first-team experience and his know how from the England games and he'll be able to look after them."
Town are hoping striker Matthew Biddle will be fit to lead the attack after suffering a knock, while Adam Wilson, who plays in midfield, will have a fitness check after suffering from mumps.
"Technically we are very good, but as a young side we are sometimes not as strong mentally as we need to be and that's something we will have to show tomorrow night," added Murphy.
"If we can match the occasion from a mental point of view then we will be fine, I've no doubt about that.
"Burscough will be buoyant after what has happened at their club and they have a very good youth set-up, but we are also determined to put up a good performance and to go through to the next round."
Goalkeeper Alex Smithies and striker Daniel Broadbent, who are just back from playing for England Under 16s against Northern Ireland in the Victory Shield, will be among the substitutes.
"If the lads perform like we know they can, then the result will take care of itself," said Murphy.
Town Juniors: Eastwood, Racchi, Clarke, Berrett, Skarz, Malcher, Wilson, Bailey, Hallam, Highley, Biddle. Subs: Jackson, Broadbent, Oakley, Akins, Smithies.