Coventry City Reserves kick off their home campaign tonight with a match
against Wimbledon (7pm).
The Sky Blues are in the southern section of the FA Premier Reserve
League and will face the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham during the season.
They recorded a 3-3 draw with Tottenham in their opening game, played
at St Albans.
The new league is a significant step up for the second string but coach
Trevor Peake feels that can only be good for the squad.
"You always want to pitch yourself against the best opposition and
we will certainly be able to do that this season.
"There are some top clubs involved and I just hope that the games
are played at the major grounds. The first wasnt and that was a shame because a
major point of reserve football is to give youngster players experience that will prove
useful when they graduate through to the first team.
"We have got a young squad but they know that the chance is there
to progress through to the first team party. Gary McSheffrey has already shown that with
his senior appearances."
Season ticket holders, members and Junior Sky Blues can watch the game
for free, while normal admission is just £2.
Ticket office manager Jamie Roberts said the improved opposition should
see gates rising.
"It is undoubtedly a better standard this season and it is a
chance for people to see some top names in action.
"We are hoping that gates will be up, which in turn will help the
Marcus Hall is expected to make his first appearance of the season.
Hall, who has been dogged by injuries for the past two seasons, was on the bench for the
1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday.
The City trio of Chris Kirkland, McSheffrey and Craig Pead have been
called into the England under-18 squad to play Switzerland Peterborough on 7 September.
The under-17s and under-19s got their season off to a start at the
weekend. The under-17s went down 2-1 at home to Millwall, with Lee Fowler getting the
goal, while the senior side lost away 3-1 to the same opposition.
The sides are both at home to Southampton this weekend.