City u18s host Everton on Saturday in a crucial fixture in the u18 Premier League.
The Blues’ recent run of five wins on the bounce has catapulted them into third in the North Division, just four points behind the table-topping Toffees with a game in hand. With only the top two advancing to the end of season play-offs, competition is fierce and City will be keen to make the most of home advantage.
Thierry Ambrose notched his first hat-trick as Jason Wilcox’s men fired five past Blackburn last time out, and have also had high-scoring wins over Bolton, Southampton and Newcastle as part of an unbeaten run stretching back to 28 September.
Everton’s progress has been slowed by losses to Manchester United and Newcastle in recent weeks, but they triumphed in the Merseyside derby on Tuesday – running out 3-1 winners over Liverpool.
The bench also had a youthful feel, with u18s regulars Ambrose and Brandon Barker coming on in the second half. Charlie Albinson, James Horsfield, Ash Smith-Brown and Jorge Intima were also among the substitutes.