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Luke Jones secures win over Yorkshire rivals

By Bradley Saxton | 17th February 2022

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was pleased with how the U19’s dug deep in tough conditions at Wigginton Road as they secured a 1-0 win over Guiseley in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.  

Luke Jones scored the only goal of the game six minutes from time with a header, as both sides battled against strong winds and rain for majority of the game.

Speaking after the game, Ryan gave his thoughts on his side’s performance after securing an all important win against a side who sat 2nd in the table.

“The conditions for both sides were really tough, very testing, but we knew yesterday when we all spoke that we knew what we would be coming up against in terms of weather," said Ryan.  

“I thought we did well in the first half, we settled to obviously combat what they had as well as the wind that they had behind them. 

“Maison (Campbell) was excellent, he made three crucial saves during the game and I thought that he was outstanding for the whole ninety minutes. 

“As were the two centre backs, I thought they both were really competitive and physical, they snubbed out any of their threats through their two forwards. 

“What we try and do as a youth department is try and get them ready for first-team football, physicality is a big part of the men’s game and I thought that both Ben (Dale) and Elliot (Owen) showed that today in their performances.” 

Ryan was also pleased with the impact that Jones had on the game, after coming off the bench on the hour-mark to help his side secure all three points.  

Ryan added: “Luke (Jones) had a little loan spell at Pickering before Christmas which will have been beneficial, he trains with us day-in-day-out, he’s improving as a footballer and I feel he’s matured as a leader.   

“We’ve been working on getting the forward’s into the golden zone as we call it, in and around the six-yard box and I thought he did that brilliantly today.  

“We’ve hammered this into all the strikers at the club, especially the youth-teamers and I thought Luke was in the right place at the right time today to give us the lead, then two minutes later he got in-behind onto a through ball and he’s on the spot again which is brilliant to see.” 

Next Wednesday the U19’s take on Blyth Spartans in the league, a side who have struggled near the bottom of the table and Ryan wants his side to deliver a similar performance which can set the standards for future performances.  

He added: “Every game brings different sorts of challenges for these lads, Blyth have had a tough season so far. It’s their first season in this competition, but we went up to their place in December and they gave us a really good game.  

“Our challenge now is to ensure we can not just play well against tough teams like Guiseley, but to be able to compete and do a job against the sides near the bottom of the table.  

“It’s them types of games where you want to set the standards that we set and thrive to achieve.” 

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