A Big Night For Title-Chasing Under-21s
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Two players with senior experience are involved as Newcastle look to clinch the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Tier Two title against Bolton on Friday
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United look to secure the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Tier Two title on Friday night, with two players with senior experience included in Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's line-up for a 7pm kick-off at Whitley Park.
Anything less than defeat would see the Magpies top their group and set up a play-off match against Everton next week - but a big win for opponents Bolton Wanderers could see them climb from third place to steal the crown.
Gael Bigirimana and James Tavernier - who have both played in the top flight and Europa League this season - are both included in the squad but the likes of Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan and Adam Campbell are not available.
All three have turned out for the second-string in recent weeks as a ten-match unbeaten run has taken United to the brink of the title.
Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick missed Monday's win at Norwich after suffering an injury in the warm-up, and misses out along with Romain Amalfitano, while Curtis Good and Remie Streete remain sidelined.
But Swiss starlet Kevin Mbabu is back after sitting out of the trip to East Anglia with a niggle, while Bradden Inman features after returning from a successful loan spell at Crewe which saw him win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley.
Admission at Whitley Park is £3 for adults and £1 concessions, with season ticket holders and Members gaining free entry.
The squad is: Rolando Aarons, Gael Bigirimana, Macaulay Gillesphey, Alex Gilliead, Bradden Inman, Kevin Mbabu, Brandon Miele, Jonathan Mitchell, Alex Nicholson, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Michael Richardson, Lubo Satka, Jamie Sterry, James Tavernier, Freddie Woodman