Manager happy with team balance following victory...
STEVE Torpey was pleased to see his York City Under-18s side get another victory under their belts in the Youth Alliance League after beating Lincoln City 1-0 at Wigginton Road on Saturday morning.
Aaron Haswell scored his third goal in as many matches in what proved to be the winner against the Imps, and this result is the second consecutive win and clean sheet for the Youth Team, recovering from two defeats in January.
Tough playing conditions acted as a leveller on the day, and City are now up to fifth place in the Youth Alliance League table, seven points behind leaders Mansfield Town with eight games left to play this campaign.
Torpey believed there was more in the tank from his team, though, saying: "There are good positives to take, another clean sheet, but the performance was not as well as we have been doing, especially last week (3-0 win against Scunthorpe United).
"The pitch and conditions weren't suited to playing 'silky soccer' if you like, it was more about digging in and winning your individual battles.
"We created some good chances, Ryan (Edmondson) again did really well, unlucky on two occasions not to score and we really limited them to taking long shots, and I don't think they really had any clear-cut chances in the 90 minutes."
Striker Edmondson twice hit the woodwork in the second half, and midfielder Brad Freer had two good headed chances that both cleared the top of the crossbar, which left City feeling like they could have won by a larger margin on the day.
Torpey praised his back line as well for putting in another performance, overcoming a heavy playing surface to keep chances to a minimum.
He added: "Those conditions showed that they had to dig in and really be defenders. Head it, kick it, clear your lines, the old clichés come out again but they've shown they can do it.
"They've experienced what the rewards are as well with the back four, five or six if you include the keeper, and the whole 11 have done really well to get a well-deserved victory."
Haswell's goal was again assisted by Noah Jackson, reprising the combination that scored the opener against Scunthorpe United last time out, and Torpey was impressed with his desire again.
"His energy levels were good again, he's made it box-to-box and that's what he's good at, getting in the right areas and it was a tidy finish as well, the ball came right across his body and it was a fine finish from 16 or 17 yards."
Next up for City's Youth Team is eighth-placed Chesterfield at Wigginton Road next Saturday morning, with kick-off at 11.00am.