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U19's go five unbeaten with Chester win

By Bradley Saxton | 7th April 2022

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan believes what he has recently focused on in training with the U19’s really showed yesterday afternoon as they secured an impressive 3-1 win over Chester FC at the training ground.

Ryan’s side made it five games unbeaten in the National League Alliance Academy North yesterday with the win, as goals from Kyle Lancaster, Jonny Haase and Jonny Shepherd saw the Young Minstermen move up to third in the league table.

York were forced to play the last half-an-hour with only ten men after goalkeeper Maison Campbell was shown a straight red card, but Ryan’s side dug deep to secure all three points.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan spoke with delight after seeing his side secure yet another league win.

“I’m really happy with not only the result this afternoon, but also the performance”, said Ryan.

“I thought for 95% of the game that the boys showed some really good footballing knowledge, obviously we gifted them a bit of an advantage when Maison (Campbell) was sent off, but I thought that for the last half-hour with ten men that we defended brilliantly as a whole unit.

“It showed that from the defence to the attack today, the lads have taken on the feedback myself and Dan (Wilson) have given them over the course of the season, which is only going to benefit them all in the long-run.”

After suffering a blip earlier in the season, Ryan has also been impressed with the consistency of the performances put in recently by the players which has seen them go unbeaten in the last five games. 

Ryan added “I think a performance like this has been coming for weeks, most recently we have focused on getting the ball into the area from out wide within the final third and I thought that the boys executed that today.

“We had a blip in performances a couple of months ago now, but ever since the 5-4 win at Boston five weeks ago, I thought that we have really gelled as a footballing side and we have shown people on the pitch what we are about.  

“To come out today and dominate the game was pleasing with eleven men, I think that even with ten men we frustrated them at times and sat well in defence, but to then steal a goal on the counter-attack to put the game to bed topped off a good afternoon for us.”

Next week sees Ryan’s side face another tough test against Chesterfield in the league, but he says his side go into that game full of confidence.

He went on to add “Chesterfield are another good side, they’re a squad full of strong lads who will want to make sure they make it hard for us as they look to do the double over us this season.

“They secured a lucky late winner against us here earlier in the season and we know that they’ll be competitive, but we will go into that game full of confidence.

“Day-in-day out I speak with all of the lads and I’m sure it’s visible to see that the confidence is flowing amongst the players at the moment.

“All of the second-year scholars are giving it their all currently as they look to secure a pro-deal with the club and all of the first-years have really progressed this year beyond expectations.

“They’ve taken advice on from not just me, but a handful of coaches this season and credit to the boys, they’ve really taken that advice on board and we’ve looked as a very good team for the previous six to eight weeks in games.”

City’s trip to Chesterfield next week will be played on Wednesday 13th March at SGP Sheffield Graves (12:30pm kick-off).

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