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Youth team prepare for Rotherham

9th August 2017

YOUTH team manager Steve Torpey is preparing his players for the visit of Rotherham United this weekend in the EFL Youth Alliance North East.

Torpey’s Under 18s opened the season with a 2-0 defeat against Bradford City last weekend but beat an Under-20 side from Millersville University, USA, in a friendly at Wigginton Road on Tuesday.

Reflecting on the Bradford game, Torpey said: “It was an OK performance. I thought we did well for the first game. We were disappointed with the result, losing 2-0, but the first goal was a great finish from 25 yards and the second was whipped in across the six yard box and flew in off Josh Rogerson’s shin.

“The second half was a bit of a scrappy affair but we worked really hard and that’s all I can ask. We created good half chances that we may have converted on another day.”

Torpey says Rotherham will provide another stiff test for the club’s youngsters: “We played them at the back end of last season and they are a big physical side. It will be a real test but we will look forward to it and, in every game, we try to improve and get better.”

The friendly against Millersville University allowed Torpey to study a number of Under-16s in action against older players.

Striker Ryan Edmondson confirmed his return to fitness following a groin injury by hitting a first-half hat-trick. Striker Rob Guilfoyle also got on the scoresheet in a 4-2 victory.

“They were over here and staying in York and asked if we would like a game,” he said. “We had a free week and we have the 16s on school holidays.

“Although the opposition was an Under 20 team, so bigger and stronger, that’s where we want to be,” he added. “They need to rise to a challenge if they want to be professional footballers.”

York City line-up (V Bradford City): Ryan Whitley; Josh Berry (Jamie Higginbotham 82), Joe Kemp, Josh Rogerson (C), Zac Lawrence (Jake Watson 85), Aaron Haswell; Charlie Ward, Harry Thompson; Isaac Overton (Aston Harrison 75), Ryan Edmondson, Flynn McNaughton (Rob Guilfoyle 60). Unused substitute: Joe Wilton (GK)


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