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Attitudes praised in reserve defeat

By Ian Appleyard | 9th January 2018

Steve Torpey praised the attitude and performance of York City's players after a narrow 2-1 defeat this afternoon in the Central League against Grimsby Town.

"We want to win but reserve team games are more about development," stressed youth team manager Torpey, who also takes charge of City's second string.

"We had four youth team players start the game, which is good experience for them, against a fairly experienced Grimsby team.

"We are disappointed with the two goals but, in general terms, all the players showed a good attitude and I thought it was a good game." 

The Minstermen took the lead after 12 minutes when youngster Noah Jackson rose in the penalty area to head in a long throw from Sam Muggleton.

Grimsby equalised five minutes before halftime when midfielder Chris Clements met a cross at the far-post from JJ Hooper.

Midfielder Simon Heslop, who was pulling on a City shirt for the first time since a loan spell at Eastleigh, played the first 45 minutes of the game before being substituted.

"He felt his hamstring but I don't think it was anything major," explained Torpey. "It was more precautionary. He was playing to keep on top of his fitness so, if he is back in the first team or in the frame, he's up to speed. That goes for all the pros."

Striker James Gray nearly restored City's advantage in the 57th minute but his 20-yard shot struck the Grimsby crossbar.

"He made a great connection on the ball," said Torpey. "When you're in-form and confident that probably flies in the back of the net. He just needs to stick to his natural game and I am sure the goals will come. He kept working hard and was really unlucky to hit the bar. But we have seen promising signs and he's getting in the areas to score goals."

Harry Clifton scored Grimsby's winner in the 61st minute when a cross from fullback Alex McMillan bounced back off the City crossbar.

Commenting on the performance of the scholars, Torpey said: "We have not played a youth team game for four or five weeks but the lads who played didn't look short of any fitness.

"We have kept them topped up - in terms of the physical side and conditioning work - and we have had practice games. It's a great opportunity for the guys and I was really pleased with all of them."

Grimsby's side included midfielder Sean McAllister who is now back at the League Two club following the completion of his month's loan at Bootham Crescent.

Midfielder Clovis Kamdjo's proposed return to action after 13 months on the sidelines was postponed due to a minor calf strain. He will now target involvement in City's next reserve game against Mansfield Town on January 23.

Grimsby Town: Killock; McMillan, Keeble (Davis 83), Osborne (Powells HT), Kelly; Buckley (Goddard 75), McAllister, Clifton, Cardwell; Hooper, Clements.

York City: Simpson; Thompson, Rogerson, Rowe, Muggleton; Smith, Heslop (Haswell HT), Walton, Jackson; Gray (Berry 69), McNaughton. Unused substitutes: Kemp, Wilton, Lawrence.

Referee: Kevin Saunby

 

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