Youngsters back in action but go down 3-2 at Wrexham
Town 2 Wrexham 3
Saturday 11th January 2013 at Wrexham
Town: Alex Ashton, George Carpenter (c), Ryan Hickman, Ben Burton, Jack Richards, Alex Fletcher (Sam Molyneux 65), Niall Flint, Dave Easthope, Josh Ginnelly (Matt Jones 45) , Kaiman Anderson, Jeff Watkins (Scott Ryan 70)
Subs: Shaun Rowley
Goals: K.Anderson 4, J.Watkins 65 (p)
Town’s youth team have returned after their Christmas break and been hard at work on the training pitch since January 6th. It was then back to Alliance League action with the short trip to local rivals Wrexham.
It’s always a tough test against Wrexham and this was the case again with the home side running out winners. The lads though gave a good account of themselves and should really have come away from the game with at least a point.
Town started the game well with Kaiman Anderson slotting home from a near post corner, the second came from a well taken Jeff Watkin penalty but in the end Town couldn’t get a deserved third goal.
After the game Town’s head of youth coaching Bernard McNally was full of praise for his young side:”We went into the game against Wrexham hoping that we could get a result, unfortunately we lost 3-2 in the end but there were some very good performances from the lads.
“To be fair we should have really come away with at least a draw, particularly with our second half performance where we had around 70% of the possession and four or five good chances where we should have buried it.
“We are talking about the progression of players, our aim is to bring players through to the first team and there were some really good standout performances.
“We started off well getting a goal early on, a near post corner came in and Kaiman Anderson slotted home and then midway through the second half we were awarded a penalty, Jeff Watkins grabbed hold of the ball, placed it on the penalty spot and dispatched it very precisely.
“With Dom Smith away with the first team gives other players opportunities, Ryan Hickman is a right-back but he stepped into the centre of defence, Ben Burton is a left-back but I think he can play as a central defender and he did well in there.”