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Cummins says places are still up for grabs

By Dan Simmonite | 20th November 2019

City were able to experiment with tactics in their 5-0 North Riding Senior Cup victory against Pickering Town, the management team opting for a 4-3-3 formation in the regional competition.

Micky Cummins saw this contest as a good opportunity to give minutes to some senior professionals edging on the first team, with the assistant-manager explaining that players can still break into their team by impressing them in these games.

After the game he said: “They know there are places up for grabs and the last three games we haven’t been our best, so it was an opportunity to put themselves in contention for the weekend.

“We went for a different shape because the personnel suited the formation we played, but I think without the ball and with the ball they were very good in spells – in little spells a bit of complacency – but overall it’s been ideal for us tonight.”

Youth team player Charlie Jebson-King started his first game since singing professional terms back in September whereas teammates Will Jackson, Archie Whitfield and Reiss Harrison all came off the bench – Harrison scoring the fifth goal with a close-range back heel on 66 minutes.

“They competed really well when they came on, the three lads,” added Cummins.

“Over the next couple of months, you don’t know what is going to happen – we may pick up a couple of injuries or suspensions, but certainly it was good for them to get on the field and play with the pros.

“They dip in and out training with us, but it was a good opportunity for them being in and around the first team.”

Senior players Josh King and Harry Spratt started the game and centre half with Dan Maguire and Adriano Moke also getting minutes under their belt after missing last week’s game against Curzon Ashton. Macaulay Langstaff was on top form and netted in both halves.

“I thought Kingy (Josh King) and Spratty (Harry Spratt) partnered really well at centre half and it was an opportunity to look at Jebbo (Jebson-King) again and Nathan at right back,” said Cummins.

“It was also nice to see Macaulay; he’s been like that in training and he has had limited opportunities in games, but it was nice for him to score a couple.

When asked about their chances of starting the game on Saturday Cummins said: “They have got every chance. Taity is going to be struggling and we have a couple of things we need to address but they haven’t done themselves any harm whatsoever.

“And again it was another clean sheet, Ryan didn’t have a lot to do, but when called upon he made a fantastic save and then saved with his feet at the near post late on – so all in all it was a great run out and we train Thursday and Friday then make a decision for Saturday.”

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