Youth Team chasing fifth consecutive victory on Saturday morning...
YOUTH Team manager Steve Torpey says it is important to find the right balance as his York City Under-18s go in search of a fifth successive Alliance League victory against Chesterfield.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Notts County marked four straight wins for Torpey’s side as they prepare for two home matches in the space of seven days, but the former Swansea City forward says it is important that his young players continue to play football the right way.
The 46-year-old also heaped praise on youngsters Tyler Walton and Sam Fielding for making their way into the match day squad for Tuesday night’s FA Trophy victory over Lincoln City.
“Last Saturday was a physical game where Notts County were physical in their approach. They were probably the most physical team we’ve played this season. The tackles were flying in and the pitch was not made for playing silky soccer.
“We’ve got two games in a row at our place. You want to make your home ground a fortress because familiarity helps your mentality. The lads know what to expect from the pitch and the facilities and that means we can just focus on the game in hand.
“We’ve got to get the balance right. It isn’t all about winning games but if you are winning, the players are going to be confident and more likely to experiment. You’re not going to win every game but if you perform well, you will win more than you lose and for me, it’s about striking that balance.”
In the first team’s 2-1 victory over Lincoln, Walton and Fielding were brought into the squad with other members of the side out injured. Torpey says that belief from Gary Mills is indicative of how far the Academy has come and makes his own job worthwhile.
“If they are needed for the first team on Saturday, that’s fantastic. That’s what we want and that’s what we’re all about.
“It may have a detrimental effect on the youth team but we can dip into the under-16s if need be. I’d rather my players be getting into the First Team than be here getting nowhere near.
“It’s pointless me doing my job if we’re not going to produce players to play at that level. Obviously with where the first team are, experience is beneficial but if we are producing players who are good enough, that is the entire point of the Academy and its coaches.
“To see a pathway from the Youth Team to the First Team is everything that we are looking for.”