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Youth Team narrowly defeated by Chester

By Bradley Saxton | 4th March 2022

The U19s were defeated on Wednesday afternoon, narrowly losing out 2-1 to Chester FC at the Helsby Community Sports Centre.

Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan felt his team were the better side of the two though after dominating possession and chances throughout in Cheshire.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan was pleased with his side’s performance overall despite crashing to only their third league defeat of the season.

“I thought that their performance was excellent, we’re obviously disappointed with the result but we came up against a very strong Chester side today”, said Ryan.

“They’ve always been good for the past two or three years, but I thought we came here today and absolutely dominated the game.

“We’ve had seven really good chances within the box all game, all really good goal-scoring opportunities with balls bouncing in and around the box, their keeper also made two class saves so credit to the boys today I thought they gave it a really good go.”

Despite losing the game, the U19’s restricted them to chances in the final third which was pleasing for the Youth Team Manager.  

“We say it week-in-week-out that we live and die by both boxes, but they’ve done us on a set-piece and one of the lads have said they didn’t follow their runner, before they score off another set-piece which was taken further by the wind and caught us off guard. 

They’ve had two chances all game which they’ve taken, but I’m pleased that we limited them to further efforts on goal.” 

The focus for Ryan’s side over the last six weeks has been in the final third and putting efforts away, which has also pleased Ryan in recent weeks.  

“What we’ve done for the course of the last five to six weeks is focus on the emphasis of the attack in the final third. 

“I haven’t really needed to focus on the defensive side of our game, we’ve been strong there so we wanted to really focus on getting the ball into the box and creating chances for the forwards. 

“We want to score goals, I’ve told the forwards that their careers will determine on whether they score goals or not and I’m pleased that we’re now creating more chances to try and win as many games as possible.” 

The U19s are back in action this coming Wednesday when they travel down to Lincolnshire to take on Boston United at the Jakemans Community Stadium.  

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