Goalkeeper Lewis “buzzing” for youth cup clash

By SFC Media time Thu 10 Dec U 18

Under-18s goalkeeper Harry Lewis says he can’t wait for tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie at St Mary’s.

Saints’ youngsters take on their Birmingham City counterparts in the third round, with fans asked to come and support the club’s next generation.

And Lewis, who joined Southampton from Shrewsbury at the start of this season, is excited for the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd.

“I’m buzzing,” the custodian told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “It's a great occasion for all the boys and I think we all can't wait to get started. 

“It's good to get experience of playing at the stadium because, if you are going to break into the first team, you are going to have to get used to that. It's nice for the boys to see how that feels. 

“There's a little bit of added pressure because there's going to be fans there but, again, if you're going to make it as a footballer, that's something you're going to have to get used to. 

“It gives us a good chance to show the fans what we've got. There's a bit of a different feel about the game but we're trying to treat it like any other one.

“There's a little bit of nerves, but I think that's not necessarily a bad thing. I just can't wait for the game now.”

After a run of five consecutive losses in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League, tonight’s game is the under-18s’ last of 2015.

And Lewis is keen that the year ends on a high note: “I think it's important to finish the last game on a high so we all go into Christmas with a positive mood,” he said.

“Results in the league haven't been great at the minute, but I think a good result and a good performance in the youth cup could maybe turn our season around – we'll have to wait and see.

“It's nice to have a bit of a release from the league games – the FA Youth Cup always brings something different.

“It's definitely the biggest competition you can win as an under-18. The boys would be delighted to progress far in this competition, so it's going to be an interesting competition for us this year.”

Admission for tonight's game is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions via the Itchen North turnstiles, with the game kicking off at 7pm.