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Youth Team lose out to Chester

12th September 2019

York City Youth Team were unable to get their National League Academy North Division season off to a winning start, as their maiden voyage ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chester, who left Wigginton Road with all three points.

Nathan Dyer was the goal scorer for the young Minstermen, who were left to rue their missed chances as Chester capitalised on City’s defensive mishaps. Steve Watson watched on as the young right-back connected with an Alfie Evans cross from the byline, before firing home into the bottom corner on the half-volley.

Following their opening day disappointment, Youth Team manager Tim Ryan said: ““It was a good game; we knew it was going to be tough – we played them last season in the National Cup and we managed to beat them 2-1 that time but they’ve got the better of us today. There are loads of positives to take, some good performances from individuals but at the same time, half the team can come out of credit.”

“Both of their goals were errors in my opinion, and this means we’re left having to work our socks off to get back into the game and scrape a goal out of nothing. 

“The balls that are being put in by Charlie (Jebson King) and Nathan are of real quality, but nobody is getting on the end of them. At the opposite end, balls are bouncing on the six-yard line in our box and the opposition are poking in goals against us.” 

Ryan was keen to commend the assured performances of Dyer and Jebson King, both of whom proved a constant threat to the Chester backline despite the result. 

He said: “Nathan is chomping at the bit to get in to the first team and he’s a great lad. When he steps back down to youth level, his attitude, drive and endeavor to do well for this team is brilliant and he’s a pleasure to have here. In terms of getting on the scoresheet too, he’s done very well.

“Charlie is one of those lads who is maturing week in, week out, he’s training with the first-team and I know that the manager holds him in high regard. 

“He’s a local boy, who we’d love to see on that pitch at Bootham Crescent in a first-team shirt. He knows he’s still got work to do to get to where David Ferguson is for example, but his attitude and his application to do that is definitely there. 

“The fact that young players are able to be amongst the first-team is fantastic for the whole youth set up within York City. To have Steve and Micky who really engage with us is brilliant for the players and when they see youngsters within the senior environment, they should be striving for that, to make it possible for themselves to do the same.”



Article by Rob Glover.

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