McGuire disappointed but proud of his youngsters

Patrick McGuire, Thackley manager.

Tuesday night saw a slender 2-1 loss for Thackley at Dennyfield against a strong Yorkshire Amateur side.

Manager Patrick McGuire was pleased with his young sides application. “When facing Yorkshire Amateurs you’re up against it from the start. They have quality all over the pitch and just as much on the subs bench. We made a cagey start and got away with one after some suspect defending, but then once again conceded through an avoidable goal. A little bit of communication to screen the pass and it doesn’t reach Flynn who was fouled and converted the free kick. That moment has ultimately cost us a point and these are the little things that I will expect us to cut out next season.”

“The goal settled us and we should have equalised straight after with their ‘keeper making a good save one on one with Jack Normanton. We then got in again through some great football, but Nicky Matthews opted to square it rather than shoot. He has so much quality but is too unselfish for his own good!”

“We stuck to our plan and tried to play and at times played some good stuff on a bobbly end of season pitch and created some great chances, but it wasn’t our night in front of goal. They scored a second through a great strike from Moke, but credit to our lads they kept at it and pulled one back.”

“The work rate from everyone was superb and for a ‘nothing’ end of season game their attitudes and desire were superb. A staple of our season has been the inclusion of youth players and it was great to have a 17 year old get man of the match in Asa Mitchell, and I was thrilled to give a debut to 16 year old defender, Darwin King, who is still at school in year 11! Obviously we’re disappointed – as we always are when we don’t win, but the lads can have a lot of pride in that performance.”

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