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Kyle Lancaster thriving in youth team

By Bradley Saxton | 12th October 2021

Kyle Lancaster is looking forward to taking on South Shields this week in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round, with the Young Minstermen looking to book their place in the first round proper of the competition.

In last Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Notts County in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North, he was named as Man of the Match for the second game in a row for the Academy.

Speaking after the full-time whistle in Nottinghamshire, Lancaster commented on how happy he has been with his performances over the past few weeks for the Academy.

“I think I played really well today,” said Lancaster. 

“Tim (Ryan) told me how much of an impact I had on the game, especially in the second half, which is only going to help my confidence get better as the weeks go on.  

“I enjoyed getting the ball on the right wing and running at the defenders, allowing me to show people what I can do. 

“I enjoy getting into the final third and I’m happy I was able to chip in and help the boys get the win this afternoon” 

Kyle was recently named on the substitutes bench for the first team during their Emirates FA Cup win over Whitby Town, something which Lancaster labelled as a 'brilliant' experience for himself.

He added: “It was a brilliant experience for me being in and around the first team squad. 

“It’s an opportunity that I have wanted so much for a long time and I’m really pleased to have been involved during the cup game. 

“It was an unreal experience to play alongside some of the senior professionals, people who I’ve had the experience to train with quite a few times this season, which is only going to help with my development as a footballer.  

“Being in and around the first team squad is giving me the opportunity to push myself to the highest level possible. 

“I look up to Olly (Dyson) the most, a similar player to myself. He’s a very good player who likes to attack defences from out wide, something which I like to do myself on the pitch”. 

Next week the U18s travel to the North East to take on South Shields in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round, a place where he will want to try and help the Young Minstermen secure their place in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup, having grown up not so far away in Hartlepool.  

He went on to add “Yes, I’m looking forward to the South Shields cup game.  

“It’s one that I am going into feeling very confident and I am sure the boys can help us get over the line into the next round.  

“I’m originally from Hartlepool and I know the North East can be rough as anything against players who are willing to knock you about, but I can’t wait to play in front of a decent crowd, especially in an area where I have grown up.”

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