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Cup double header for youth team

By Ian Appleyard | 14th September 2017

City's youth team players are preparing for back-to-back Cup games against Morecambe and Harrogate Town.

On Saturday, they host Morecambe at Wigginton Road in the latest group stage game of the EFL Youth Alliance League Cup (kick-off 11am), before Harrogate Town visit Bootham Crescent on Tuesday night in the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

Youth team manager Steve Torpey hopes the FA Youth Cup game will attract another good crowd after over 350 supporters attended the preliminary round win over Tadcaster Albion.

"The lads are excited about playing under the floodlights at Bootham Crescent again next week," he said. "And it would be to great to get another good turn-out from the fans.

"Against Tadcaster, it was always a potential 'banana-skin' but I was pleased with the application from the players and they produced a good solid performance.

"The lads took about 20 minutes to adjust to the environment but it was a 'controlled nervousness' which can be a good thing. Once we scored, we settled down and played more relaxed football."

Supporters should be aware that, if the first team draw against Salford City this weekend in the FA Cup, their replay will take place at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday instead and the FA Youth Cup game will be switched to Wednesday night.

Admission prices for the FA Youth Cup game will again be £3 adults, £1 concessions.

First up for the youth team, however, is Saturday's League Cup game against Morecambe with Torpey admitting that his side - who lost their opening group game against Hartlepool United - cannot afford to lose if they want to progress.

City's third and final group game in the League Cup is against Carlisle United on October 7.

Meanwhile, a goal from Flynn McNaughton was not enough to prevent the youth team suffering a 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe United last weekend in the Youth Alliance League North East.

Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley produced a number of eye-catching saves but was unable to keep out Scunthorpe's stoppage time winner.

"It could have gone either way and we fell into the trap of going too offensive with two or three minutes to go," reflected Torpey. "It was hard to take because the lads had worked really hard but it was also a lesson in game management and understanding that a point, sometimes, is not a bad return."

City line-up V Scunthorpe United: Whitley, Dyer, Lawrence (Harrison 85), Ward, Rogerson (C), Watson, Berry (Overton 70), Thompson, McNaughton (Edmondson 60), Haswell, Jackson. Unused substitute: Wilton.


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