Salford City Under-18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign on Thursday evening when Bootle are the visitors to The Peninsula Stadium (KO 19:45).
Entering the Youth Cup at the Second Qualifying Round, the young Ammies are already a couple of stages ahead of where they entered last year, when they made it all the way to the First Round.
It was a memorable few weeks for the Under-18s as they defeated Mossley, Daisy Hill, Warrington and York City in the qualifying rounds, before coming from 2-0 down to force a First Round tie at Wrexham to penalties, which they lost 5-4.
Nearly a year on, the Academy has doubled in size and hopes of another appearance in the first round or beyond are high.
However visitors Bootle will be looking to cause an upset at The Peninsula Stadium in their first away tie of the campaign.
The Bucks, whose first team compete in the North West Counties League Premier Division, have overcome Vauxhall Motors in the Preliminary Round (1-0) and neighbours Prescot Cables (3-1 after extra time) to reach this stage.
Last season they bowed out of the competition in the Second Qualifying Round, losing 2-3 at home to Altrincham having won 6-2 at Marine in the First Qualifying Round.
A victory for Bootle would mean they progress to the Third Qualifying Round for the first time in recent history, and prior to the last two seasons they have struggled to progress from the first stage.
If their Under-21 side is anything to go by, who are running our own Under-21s close in the NW Under-21 Development League, then this will be a challenging tie for the young Ammies. The young Bucks have scored 33 goals in five games and conceded five, compared to Salford’s 23 for and five against.
This game is pay on the gate at The Peninsula Stadium. Adults £5, Concessions £2.
A 12-page programme is available for £1.