By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
It may be almost a 700-mile round-trip, but Newcastle Reserves' trip to Swansea on Wednesday will in fact be one of their shortest journies of the season.
Peter Beardsley's side will fly to Wales - rather than the second-string's usual coach journey - so they can prepare properly for their third Barclays Premier Reserve League match of the campaign.
So far they have won one and drawn one, and the likes of Davide Santon, Dan Gosling and Rob Elliot will be on the plane that departs Tyneside for the 7pm kick-off at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.
Gosling scored twice in the 6-0 win over Norwich in the Reserves' last league game, while Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger will also be involved.
"The good thing is, it's actually going to be one of our shortest trips," Beardsley told nufc.co.uk ahead of the game at rugby union side Llanelli's 14,870 capacity stadium.
"We're being spoilt - we're getting the first-team plane so that's brilliant for us. It's a long trip in some ways, but a brilliant trip.
"We're going fly on the morning and stay in a hotel on the afternoon and for some of the ones who we think are on the fringe of the first-team, it'll be a good experience for them and teach them what it's all about when the time comes.
"And having a couple of first-teamers in the squad is good for us and obviously good for them."
Of course, it will not be such a short trip for most Newcastle supporters. Admission is £10.
Beardsley saw Mehdi Abeid make his first-team debut at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup last week, while Paul Dummett and Jeff Henderson were unused substitutes at the City Ground.
And the Reserve Team Coach said: "That's what we aim for - progression.
"It starts from Academy level but ultimately it's about how many you get in the first-team. That's our job.
"Hopefully in games like Nottingham Forest, and maybe Blackburn in the next round, people like Mehdi (Abeid), who was outstanding last week, might get a chance and that's our aim."