Norwich City U18s to take on Middlesbrough at Carrow Road in FA Youth Cup
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Norwich City Under-18s have had their FA Youth Cup fifth round clash against Middlesbrough switched to Carrow Road.
The Young Canaries were due to be away for the third successive tie in the competition but because of a busy schedule at Boro's Riverside stadium, and recent bad weather affecting the condition of pitches at local non-league grounds in the north-east, the FA has approved the change of venue.
The match will now be played in Norwich on Wednesday, February 3, at 7pm.
It saves Graeme Murty's team from having to make another long trip, having won 3-1 against Hull City at North Ferriby in the third round and 4-1 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the last round, with striker Benny Ashley-Seal scoring a hat-trick.
The City U18s are trying to follow in the footsteps of the team of 2012/13 – who went on to lift the trophy for just the second time in the club's history.
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The likes of Harry Toffolo, the Murphy twins, Cameron Norman and Carlton Morris were all part of the team which beat Chelsea 1-0 in front of over 21,000 supporters at Carrow Road in the first leg of the 2013 final, before winning 3-2 at Stamford Bridge for a 4-2 aggregate victory.
Chelsea have lifted the trophy in the past two seasons and are still in the competition this season, having been drawn away to AFC Wimbledon in the fifth round.
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If the Canaries beat Boro's youngsters, who impressively won 3-1 away against Tottenham in the fourth round, then they face a trip to either Wigan Athletic or Manchester City in the last eight.
Tickets have been priced at £2 for adults and 50p for under-16s, and can be purchased at www.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 0844 826 1902 and from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall and Chapelfield.