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City U19s lose to Guiseley

4th March 2020

Two first half goals from Guiseley was enough to give them all three points against York this afternoon at Wigginton Road.

The game was very even for most parts of the match, and York should have gone ahead after just ten minutes. A terrible kick out from the keeper went straight to the feet of Brandon Finn, who tried to place one, but the keeper made amends and saved well.

Guiseley went ahead with a bit of individual brilliance from Raf Ferreria. He flicked the ball over a defender inside the area, and volleyed home from close range giving the away side the lead.

It was 2-0 on the stroke of half time. A break away from Guiseley down the right was eventually finished by Robbie Fox.

York tried to get back into the game in the second half, but chances were few and far between against a solid Guiseley side. In fact, Guiseley probably felt they could have scored a couple more. They missed a header from close range to make it 3-0, and Lucas Martin made a couple of smart saves with his feet to keep York in the game.

City continued to push but couldn’t find a goal, and the game finished in a 2-0 defeat for York.

Manager Tim Ryan said after the game: “I thought it was a very disappointing performance, even though it did get better in the second. There weren’t enough players who imposed themselves on the game. We didn’t make enough right decisions at the right times. Overall, we were beaten by an all-round better side today.

“A lot of the goals we concede are errors, it doesn’t take a team to pass it around us. We do seem to gift teams goals which makes it difficult for us. We started well, we came out the blocks the better and then we miss a massive chance from close range. If you don’t take your chances against a good side, then it comes back to bite you.

“It’s always brilliant for the lads to see Steve (Watson) there, and they should have a real desire to show how well they can play against a decent team. Steve was great, he gave us some feedback at half time. It shouldn’t be a pressure when he turns up to watch us, it should give them more of a will to win and perform.

“I don’t think the shape worked today. We played it against Hartlepool. It started as a 4-3-3 but ended up as a 4-5-1, meaning we didn’t have enough presence. At half time we changed to a 3-5-2 with two strikers and two wing backs. I wanted the wing backs higher up the pitch to create a bit more and in fairness I think we did in the second half.

“I always say whatever level you are at and whatever age you are, it’s always brilliant to win something. We’ve lost recently against Hartlepool and again today against teams who are in and around us in the league. We do look to finish as high as we can but as far as the league goes now it could be a step too far for us.

“The lads will do a little bit of a cool down on Thursday. We will assess where we are with injuries, there was a few lads who had knocks today who weren’t quite ready but hopefully they will be ready for Fridays game. We will go again with a smile on our faces and hope to pick some points up.”

On Ethan Henderson being on the bench for the 1st team last night: “Ethan came back with us about three months ago and he’s knuckled down and worked his socks off and I’m really pleased for him. I was at the game last night and I was willing that he would come on. Obviously the manager didn’t think it was right to put him into that environment just yet, especially at 3 and 4-1 down. It’s great for the whole youth system. If we can keep pushing players for the manager and for the club then that is great. We’ve had Nathan Dyer who has been in the mix this year as well as Charlie Jebson-King and Kiari Ventura and a few others who have all featured in games for the 1st team this season. As long as we can keep getting players up to the standard and telling the manager to have a look at them, it shows that the youth team is in good shape."

Article by Jack Witham.

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