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Sinclair proud of U18s as season draws to a close

10 May 2023

Academy

Sinclair proud of U18s as season draws to a close

10 May 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair was encouraged by his side’s closing number for the 2022/23 season after a 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town.

The Sulphurites took a two goal lead at the York St John University Sports Park before Alex Fletcher scored and then assisted Jacob Bacon late on to see Rovers U18s take a point on the road.

After an incredible comeback against the EFL Youth Alliance League champions, Sinclair felt the youth team showed both quality and promise for the future.

He said: “Harrogate are a good side, they’re always going to have good spells in a game and they were just a bit more clinical than us, especially at the start of the second half.

“There’s been a lot of times this season where we’ve been behind with 15 to 20 minutes left and never given up to get back into the game.

“We know that if we get that first goal then we’re always going to get another chance and the set piece that’s come off for us at the end is something that we’ve worked on all season.

“It’s come off in the last game of the season and the players that were meant to take part in it weren’t on the pitch, so we’ve obviously adapted well and it’s worked.

“The boys got what they deserved in the end because we didn’t deserve to lose the game."

Having taken points from a losing position once again, Sinclair felt the youngster's resilience would hold the team in good fortune.

He added: “It’s been a good habit of ours really and it’s fantastic to know that we can be down in games and the boys will keep going.

“Not only the scholars have done that but the U16s that we’ve used have had that quality as well, so there’s definitely a never say die attitude around the place.

“Obviously we’d prefer to take our chances and have a comfortable lead but, when called upon, we do battle and go right until the end to take any opportunity that we get.”

 


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