York Under 14’s today travelled to Barnsley, and in exceptionally windy conditions Barnsley kick off playing into a strong headwind in the first half.
With the wind behind them York started well with Lucas Wilson and Ben Barker Spencer winning the early midfield battle. York’s first opportunity came on 10 minutes when good work by Tom Fleet on the left hand side set up half chance for Joe Crosby who’s shot on the turn goes narrowly wide of the Barnsley goal.
Barnsley were also creating problems for the York defence and forced a couple of good saves from goalkeeper Patrick Randall.
With the wind getting stronger York continued to press the Barnsley goal and half chances for Charlie Buckle, Dan Stevenson, Manni De Nobriga and Crosby were well dealt with by the Barnsley keeper to keep the scores level at half time.
York now faced a difficult second half playing into a strong head wind but the defensive quartet of Josh Tingle, Will Anderson, Miles Buckle and Charlie Buckle stood firm as Barnsley applied the early pressure.
York created the first clear cut chance of the second half following good linkup play between Wilson & Crosby to set up Manni De Nobriga who’s shot went narrowly wide.
From the resulting goal kick Barnsley broke through the York defence to slot the ball into the bottom corner to take a 1-0 lead.
Barnsley were now on top against a tiring York side and forced a string of excellent saves from York goalkeeper Patrick Randall.
Barnsley increased their lead with five minutes to go, following a corner which York failed to clear allowing a strike from the edge of the box to fly into the roof of the net to make the score 2-0.
York rallied and a good cross from Tom Fleet finds Ben Barker Spencer at the back post who’s header is well collected by the Barnsley keeper.
With only a couple of minutes left York create another chance for Crosby’s shot is brilliantly saved by the excellent Barnsley keeper.
Despite the lads losing 2-0 today this was a much more encouraging performance from the team, they want to be proud of their attitude and commitment today in exceptionally difficult conditions.