Neil Woods’s Grimsby Town youth team travel to Fleetwood Town in the Youth Alliance Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
The young Mariners finished top of group D, with nine points from four matches – two clear of second-place Walsall.
Town – who drew 2-2 away at Lincoln City last weekend – are on a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and beat Chesterfield 5-3 in their final game of 2019 last month.
And Woods’s side, who are unbeaten since the 2-1 away defeat to Huddersfield Town on October 19, will be looking to progress to the semi-finals of the Youth Alliance Cup this weekend.
But Fleetwood will be a tough test for Town as they sit second-place in the EFL North West Youth Alliance, with eight wins and 25 points from their opening 10 league games in 2019-20.
The Cod Army have won three of their previous four games in all competitions, including a 6-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers and a win on penalties over Watford in the FA Youth Cup.
And they will be hoping to continue fighting on all fronts by securing qualification to the semi-finals of the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday.
The remaining three ties in the quarter-finals of the northern section are Shrewsbury Town v Blackpool, Preston North End v Walsall, and Rotherham United v Burton Albion.
After Saturday’s tie with the Cod Army, Town are back in EFL North East Youth Alliance action as they welcome Huddersfield Town to Cheapside on Saturday, January 18 (11.30am).