Jimmy Unwin

The Posh under 18s travel to Everton in the Premier League Cup on Saturday afternoon (1pm).

The Peterborough United under 18s head to Finch Farm to face Everton in the Premier League Cup on Saturday afternoon (1pm) with Jimmy Unwin’s men needing to take all three points to keep their hopes of qualifying from the group alive.

The Toffees will provide a stern test for the young Posh squad that could feature a number of under 16s, but Unwin believes it will be an excellent opportunity for the teenagers to test themselves against a top-quality opponent.

“It is a good test for the boys, but that is what we want, we want to stretch and challenge them, there will be a number of under 16s who were involved last week that will feature, so I am looking forward to it. This competition is a good opportunity for us to come up against some of the best Academies in the country – it is not just the top tier young players at their clubs, they are also representing their national side a lot of these players.

“My first day at the club was when the boys took on Manchester City, I watched them deal with different challenges on and off the pitch and it was a lesson in how to play the game. You might have to suffer when you don’t have the ball against those types of sides, but then we have the ball we have to be really good with it and implement our style.

“We have to win the game if we want to qualify from the group (Manchester City are through, the best second-placed teams could qualify), so the boys will need to understand that we can’t be going there to settle for anything, we are going to go for it, you have to go with the right mentality and try and come away with the three points.”