By Dan Harrison
Villa's reserves return to Villa Park for a crucial clash against Newcastle this evening as the Barclays Premier Reserve League South title race hots up.
Kevin MacDonald's table-topping team are chasing a fourth Reserve League South crown in five years and a win over the Magpies could take them nine points clear of rivals West Bromwich Albion.
The match kicks off at 7pm.
Once again the reserves have served up some terrific entertainment this term with a 7-1 win over Wolves, a 4-1 success over West Brom and victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.
A double strike from England U17 striker Callum Robinson earned Villa a 2-0 win at Swansea last Monday and extended their lead at the top to six points.
The likes of Gary Gardner, Graham Burke and Daniel Johnson have all gone on to earn first team squad places on the back of fine performances for the reserves this term.
Chris Herd and Eric Lichaj have also featured recently having returned from long-term injury lay-offs.
And January signing Enda Stevens has bedded in impressively with a string of appearances for MacDonald's side since joining from Shamrock Rovers.
Villa now have six reserve games remaining, with the final three home fixtures all being played at Villa Park.
As well as the Newcastle fixture, Villa will take on Norwich on March 12 and Liverpool on April 2 in B6.
Why not come down to Villa Park and cheer on some of the club's future stars as they look to secure the league title?
Entry is free for season ticket holders, £2 for non-season ticket holders and £1 for U16s and O65s.
There will be no cash turnstiles so match tickets must be purchased at the Trinity Road ticket kiosk from 5.30pm onwards.
Turnstiles C1 to C6 in the Trinity Road Stand will be open.
All season cards have been activated for tonight's game although they can only be used in the Trinity Road stand.
If you can't make the clash against Newcastle, you can watch the full game live on AVTV.
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