York and District U13 Schoolboys welcomed Barnsley Schoolboys this weekend, due to injuries York were able to give an opportunity to two new players, Gabe Winfield (midfield) and Finn Hodgson (defence) both players grasped the opportunity with both hands and put in good solid performances.
York got off to an excellent start, learning their lessons from the week before, the tempo and desire was there from the kick-off keeping Barnsley camped in their half for the opening 10 minutes. The centre midfield of Jamie Kay and Noah Ward led from the front and set the bench mark for commitment. The pressure told as the ball broke free to Todd Fella who slid a delightful ball down the left channel in to the penalty area for Ben Farrar. The on rushing keeper was second to the ball as Farrar attempted to take the ball around the keeper but was brought down, penalty York, Farrar slotted the ball in to the net 1-0 York.
York again pushed on and from a resulting corner the ball bobbled around the penalty area and good pressure from Gabe Winfield saw the ball go in to the net off a Barnsley player, 2-0 York. Danny Nicholson also came close to scoring as he hit the cross bar with a 20 yard free kick. Barnsley began to find their flow and started to play some lovely football causing York’s defence to now show what they were made of, the back 4 of Finn Hodgson, Reece Potter, Sid Burke and Mitch Barson were immense, snuffing out attack after attack, however the pressure told and from a shot Oliver Huffer made a great save but the ball re-bounded in to the path of a York defender and bobbled over the line, 2-1 halftime.
Second half got under way with Barnsley now coming out the stronger of the two teams, however York again stood strong and began to take control, great work in midfield from Aidan Fewlass resulted in the ball finding Farrar on the left who whipped a ball in for Nicholson to slot home from 10 yds, 3-1 York. Barnsley fought back and York called upon Oliver Smith who was now in goal for York to make some great saves to keep Barnsley out. However from a corner the ball somehow found its way in to the net as it pin balled around the 6yd box. York went again and Oliver Williams was now causing the Barnsley defence problems with his constant running and giving the Barnsley players no time on the ball. With 5 minutes to go the ball broke to Nicholson who was central about 30 yds out from goal, he saw the keeper off his line and hit a delightful left foot shot over the keeper to score and make it 4-2 to York at the final whistle.