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Youth team held to a draw by league leaders

By Bradley Saxton | 23rd March 2022

The U19’s held National League Alliance North leaders Solihull Moors to a goalless draw on Wednesday in a performance which Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan described as ‘outstanding’.

Neither side could find a goal to win the game, as the point sees the Young Minstermen remain fourth in the league table.  

Kyle Lancaster and Jonny Shepherd went close for City with good efforts in the first-half, whilst City shot-stopper Maison Campbell stood strong to deny three attempts on goal throughout from the home side.  

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Ryan expressed his delight at his side’s performance after making it three games unbeaten in a row.

“I was really pleased with that today, I said to them at the end there when we put in some below-par performances in, it gives me a chance to have a go at them and they’re able to use our feedback to their advantage and use it to learn,” said Ryan. 

“Coming to a team here today who are top of the league was always going to be tough, they aren’t top of the league by chance, they’re a good side who deserve to be where they are.  

“I thought that we have shown some consistency today, we looked really good on the ball and composed and I thought we was excellent throughout. 

“The league we’re in is a really competitive league, the lads have got themselves a good pathway to develop and we as a club want to bring through as many young players as we can.” 

Ryan was overall happy with his side’s performance, but he says consistency needs to be key going forward as they head into the final couple of games of the season.  

Ryan added: “They need to make sure that after today’s performance that they continue to deliver and aim to finish the season strong. 

“I want them all to do well, both myself and Dan (Wilson) drive them all with passion to ensure we get consistent performances out of them. 

“When we look at performances, we know we can perform against the teams near the top of the league, but sometimes we switch off against teams near the bottom and they just think that we can roll them over and it’s not as simple as that.  

“If they achieve what we want them to do, learn the game of football and learn to be consistent, then it will enhance their chances of making a proper career for themselves."

The U19’s return to National League Alliance Academy North action next Wednesday when they welcome 3rd placed AFC Fylde to Wigginton Road (1pm kick-off).  

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