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Micky Cummins reflects after pre-season

By Dan Simmonite | 31st July 2019

Micky Cummins led the Minstermen to victory last night against Pickering Town where his team avoided a loss in Ryedale by scoring four goals in the second half to win 4-2.

Stern words were had at half time from the assistant manager which seemed to give his young team the edge going into the final 45 minutes, and speaking after the contest he had a lot to take away from the final pre-season friendly.

Cummins said: “I was really disappointed, particularly in the first half, we didn’t really cause them much problems and if anything, we caused our own problems.

“It’s not what we are about and it’s against the grain of what we have been trying to pre-season.

“Winning is a habit and people are scoring so that is a positive – and it’s nice to come to a nice little setting like this and win.”

Wes York made his first appearance back from injury as he started up top, amongst a team of mostly trialists and academy players, and scored City’s first goal just after half time.

And he wasn’t the only man to impress, as a few youth prospects also caught Cummins’ eye as he alternated the team during the contest.

“Charlie [Jebson-King] did well, he was composed but maybe a bit isolated in the first half, particularly in the second half he made good decisions and used the ball very well,” added Cummins.

“Kiari [Ventura] came on and could have had a couple of goals and Reiss [Harrison] put a bit of authority in the middle of the park so pleasing to get a look at them as well.”

According to Cummins these players will also get a break in the first team during the regular season – but only if the time is right with the management very happy with their current squad.

He continued: “They will train with us all the time; we obviously have a strong squad there already so it will just be for when the opportunity comes, they will have to come and take it.

“Touch wood we don’t get any injuries, but they are up to speed and we have seen a big difference in them since the end of last season and it will only benefit them being around the first team.”

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