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Youth Team rescue point against Solihull

By Bradley Saxton | 29th October 2021

York City Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan wants his U19 side to bounce back during next week’s game against Darlington after rescuing a point late on at home against Solihull Moors.  

The visitors took the lead after 18 minutes from a set-piece, before a late Josh Knowles penalty secured a 1-1 draw for the Young Minstermen in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.  

Speaking after the full-time whistle at Wigginton Road, Ryan expressed his frustrations from his side’s performance, which he described as an ‘off-day’ for the U19’s. 

“We have gone from what I thought was our best performance I have witnessed as manager of the academy to something that wasn’t anywhere near it this afternoon,” said Ryan.  

“I think it was just a day off today for us, the weather played it’s part massively today.  

“I know it was very windy out there but for the ones that were watching but you can’t blame the weather, there wasn’t any football played today from us. 

“I feel like it is my fault because I have praised them too much, they’ve been excellent in training, but today I just feel that they didn’t provide the performance that I know they are capable of showing.  

“They (Solihull) had a little more desire than us out there, it’s a shame that we didn’t apply ourselves to the same level that they did”. 

Next week they take on Darlington in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North at Wigginton Road, a game which Ryan wants his side to dust themselves and build again going into the fixture. 

Ryan added “We have had the guy here today analysing the game for us, so they’ll be at college tomorrow before we training again Friday. 

“I’ll ask him to break it down and we’ll watch a good chunk of the game back, It’s not going to be a matter of a wholesale changes from being as good as we have been to as bad as we have been.  

“It’s a matter of dusting ourselves down, watching back what we put out there today before addressing the wrongs to make sure we put them right. 

“Whether today was just a bit of an application thing I don’t know, they’ve received lots of pats on the back so far this season with lots of praise, it’s time for them to put their feet back on the ground and build again.  

“It’s our job now to dust them off and put a smile back on their faces. They’re all brilliant lads who enjoy what we do with them day in day out, but I’m annoyed today because their performance was very low key”.  

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