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Head of Youth delighted with U19s comeback

By Bradley Saxton | 18th January 2022

York City Head of Youth Dan Wilson was pleased with his side’s comeback as the U19’s came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Boston United in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North. 

A second-half brace from Josh Knowles secured a draw for the young Minstermen, after Boston had fought back from a Billy Gordon strike to lead 3-1 at the break. 

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Wilson was happy with the changes that were made in the second-half which helped earn them a point.

“I think going in at the break 3-1 down was quite tough to take, I think all three goals came from their only three shots in the first half,” said Wilson. 

“It wasn’t a 3-1 game, and it could have been really easy for the boys to give up, but credit to them that they didn’t and they came out in the second half and gave it a real good go.

“We changed a few little things in the second half, and you saw the belief when that second goal went in that we were confident we could go out there and try and get another which we did. 

“Overall, I’m happy with the comeback that we’ve pulled off this afternoon.”

Top-scorer Knowles added another two goals to his account for the season and Wilson was pleased with his forward, who returned to the squad after missing out the last few weeks.

“Josh (Knowles) has got a really good record of scoring goals in important games, he’s our top-scorer this season,” added Wilson.

“There’s still more that we want from him, we want him to be more clinical in front of goal.

“I’ve just had a conversation with him, I said well done with the two goals and he thought he could have had a hat-trick.

“The big thing for Josh is that he’s been out for the last few weeks and for him to return in his first game back and score twice is excellent from him.”

Wilson also showed praise for fellow forward Luke Jones, who has recently returned to the club having spent the last month out on loan at Northern Premier League Division One East side Pickering Town.

He said: “I think that loans for young players are really important which can help with their development as a footballer, which gives them the chance to be able to come up against tough opposition in men’s football, whether that’s to prove you can play against the big boys and push for the first team or whether it’s to come back in and improve.

“I thought that Luke (Jones) had his best game for us so far this season today, he won the vast majority of headers, his hold-up play was excellent and his running off the ball was brilliant. 

“I think that little loan spell away at Pickering has really sparked something for him which is brilliant.”

The result keeps York 4th in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North table, ten points behind leaders Solihull Moors with two games in hand.

The Young Minstermen return to league action next week when they travel across to West Yorkshire to take on Guiseley. 

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