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Youth Team lose to Fylde

By Bradley Saxton | 8th December 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan was pleased with his side’s efforts against AFC Fylde despite crashing to a 2-0 defeat at Mill Farm. 

Two goals in the first half were enough for the home side as they sealed all three points to move up to 4th in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North, whilst the Young Minstermen remain in 3rd.

Speaking after the full-time whistle in Lancashire, Ryan commented on his side’s performance as they battled against wet and windy conditions for the majority of the game.  

“It was a really tough day out there for us, the conditions dictated how the game went," said Ryan.  

“They had a few chances early on and then at the end there, but they managed to put two of them away.

“I thought they probably played the conditions better than we did at times, making more right decisions on the ball and we huffed and puffed at times without getting any real joy out of them.”

Ryan thought that Fylde gave the Minstermen a really good battle in Lancashire, but he felt that they handled the conditions much better than his side.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, they (Fylde) edged the game today, there is no doubting that," added Ryan.

“We can’t come away from the game thinking we could have won the game, they had enough chances and they took a couple of them. 

“The conclusion to the game was they made better decisions in difficult conditions and they got the joy that they probably did deserve in the end.” 

Ryan was pleased with his side’s effort that they put in, but he felt that decision making could have been a little better in certain situations.  

Ryan added: “I said to the lads that it wasn’t down to a lack of effort at all today, we have a very young side and they have all given me effort.  

“If I had to be critical, some of them could be better with some of their decision making, but overall I’m happy with their efforts today in these tough conditions. 

“Decision-making comes with maturity and knowledge within the game, it does come with experience and I’ll keep hammering it into them to help them.  

“It was just silly things today which let us down, we tried over-playing it from the back in our defensive third and maybe we would have been better getting the ball forward quicker. 

“I have no qualms though about today’s result, Fylde did better than us and we just have to move onto the next game. 

“We come away very disappointed with the result, but we will just dust ourselves down and prepare for Guiseley next week.” 

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