The date has been set for Chelsea’s Under-18 side to begin the defence of the FA Youth Cup.

The third round match away to Colchester United will take place on Saturday 1 December with a 1pm kick off.

The venue is the Weston Homes Community Stadium with ticket prices to be confirmed.

As a result of this cup tie, the U18 league game versus Fulham scheduled for the same day will be postponed. A new date has yet to be arranged.

There are also changes to the two remaining NextGen group games for the Chelsea Under-19 side as they aim to qualify for the knockout stages of this European competition.

The away game v Ajax, originally scheduled for Thursday 29 November, has been postponed at the Dutch club’s request.A new date will be arranged for January.

The home game versus Ajax, on Wednesday 12 December, will now be played at Aldershot Town FC’s Recreation Ground with a 7pm kick off.Ticket prices to be confirmed.

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