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Youth Team Manager pleased with first team promotions

By Bradley Saxton | 7th October 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was full of praise for winger Kyle Lancaster after he put in another Man of the Match performance against Notts County, as his side ran out 4-0 winners in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.

An own-goal before the half-time separated the two sides at the break, before second-half goals from Kieran Clayton (2) and Luke Jones sealed another victory for the unbeaten Young Minstermen.

Ryan expressed his pleasure in side's second half performance after the full-time whistle in Nottinghamshire.

He said: “The first half was just a bitty game, both teams didn’t really get to grips with the game.

“We scored one which gave us a bit of a cushion, but we tweaked it a little bit at the break and the lads performed much better within the second half.

“We started doing some of the things that we do day in and day out at training and we ultimately got the rewards.

“Kyle (Lancaster) was absolutely fantastic, the stand out player on the pitch today by a country mile, especially in the second half.

“From a starting base as well, the back five involving Maison (Campbell) in goal gave us a really good foundation within that second half to help us get on the front foot and get them three extra goals”.

So far this season, Lancaster is one of three youth team scholars, alongside Josh Knowles and Elliot Owen, to appear for the first-team within a matchday squad which was very pleasing for Ryan.

He added: “Me and Steve (Watson) are both from the same era and you say you get what you deserve. People don’t get on the bench if they don’t deserve it, but they have done because they are willing to put in the work.

“Going back to Kyle (Lancaster), last year was a stop-start season for him and the lads, but his attitude was fantastic and second to none. This year he has matured a lot more and been in and around first team training, giving him the opportunity to learn from people within the squad. 

“I think his maturity into a footballer is slowly but surely getting there and it’s starting to show that what we do with the lads every day is working. 

"What we do on a day-to-day basis is work on an end product with him, so it’s starting to come together where he is showing us what he can do on the pitch".

Ryan will take an U18’s squad up to the North East next Thursday in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round Qualifying to take on South Shields, a game which he believes will be a brilliant opportunity in front of a decent crowd at the 1st Cloud Arena. 

Speaking on the upcoming game, Ryan said: “We'll plan accordingly and go up there with confidence.

"We’ve played them a few times over the course of the last few years, we even had them in pre-season and they were comfortably the better side that day.

“We will build from today and take the confidence from the second half into next week’s performance and use training to help us prepare to give people the best account of ourselves. 

“They have had decent crowds of just under 400 in the previous couple of rounds, so if their locals turn out again and we take a couple from York, they may well end playing in front of anything up to 500 which will be a massive opportunity for the boys".


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