Woodbridge Town Under 18s enter the Lions’ Den in the FA Youth Cup tonight

Hotshot George Mrozek, left.

Hotshot George Mrozek, left. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The big games just keep on coming for Suffolk FA Under-18 striker George Mrozek.

Mrozek travels with Woodbridge Under 18’s to Millwall in the FA Youth Cup Second Round Proper this evening (kick-off 7pm).

Last weekend, the striker scored the second goal in Suffolk’s FA County Youth Cup Second Round win against Worcestershire FA, and that came just three days after netting a hat-trick for Woodbridge Town in their FA Youth Cup First Round Proper tie against League Two Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 17-year-old striker scored the Woodpeckers’ opening three goals in the 4-4 draw after extra time – Dan Hanson got the fourth – and then was successful in the penalty shoot-out which they won 4-3 to set up a visit to The Den this evening.

Of the Dagenham triumph, Mrozek, who is of Polish descent on his father’s side and previously played for Sproughton United and Ransomes Sports at Youth level, said: “We played really well and could have been 4-0 up in the first half-an-hour if we had taken our chances!


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“I can’t wait for the game at Millwall. We are taking two coaches – one for players and one for supporters – and it will be a great occasion.

“If we play the way we can we shouldn’t fear anyone, although we know it will be a difficult game as they are probably the hardest team we could have drawn as Millwall were in the Championship last season.

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“I have played against Millwall before, when I was on trial for six weeks at Ipswich a couple of years ago, before I was offered a contract by Colchester which I turned down.”

Scouts from Ipswich Town, Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers are believed to have been among the crowd at Notcutts Park – and will have been alerted by Mrozek’s goalscoring ability.

The fleet-footed striker, who lives at Burstall and used to attend Holbrook High School, left Thurlow Nunn League Division One Woodbridge in the summer to join Premier Division Hadleigh United, where Ian Brown is manager and Steve Downey is coach.

Mrozek, who is in the second year of a two-year BTEC Level 3 Sport Course at Suffolk One, said: “I wanted to play at a higher level and I know Ian Brown, who is my mentor at Suffolk One, and also (Suffolk FA U18 coach) Steve Downey.

“The quality of training is better and I am learning a new role as I am playing out wide.

“I also wanted to come out of my comfort zone and improve my social skills around new people, rather than stay among my own age group, so it is a new challenge for me as most of the players are older than me.

Mrozek, who scored a hat-trick for Suffolk FA Under-16s two years ago and has netted six trebles in Youth football already this season, added: “I just want to keep progressing and play at as high a standard as I can. I enjoy playing football so I am not motivated by money.”

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