Worksop Town U21 manager Ryan Hall shared his views on the 8-2 victory his side achieved against Borrowash Victoria U21s on Thursday.
Firstly, Ryan was asked about how he thought the players performed and the sheer number of goals they have scored; 21 in three league games.
Hall stated: “The performance was really good. I’ve just said them after the game that they are setting a new standard every week. Last week we won 1-10 and I feel that we even were better on Thursday than in that game. If I had to pick one negative, I think we could have been better in the first ten minutes. We were a little bit nervous and started slow, but I honestly can’t complain as they’re relentless.
“The amount of goals we have scored is unreal, and I said to them in the first session of pre-season that I don’t mind how many you concede, as long as you go and outscore teams. At the minute we are blitzing teams in the final third. Defensively, I thought we could have done better tonight, because I think the first goal they scored was sloppy from us. With their second goal we’ve hit the crossbar seconds before and they’ve broke up the other end, and there’s not much we can do about that really.”
Ryan then spoke about the three players from his side that have been called into the first team, and bringing up two U18 players for this game.
Ryan commented: “It’s amazing and I can’t thank KJ [Kyle Jordan] enough for giving them the opportunity. We’ve seen Zac Walker, Harry Holland and Sam Jones have all been given the nod to make the step up, and the boys are earning it every step of the way. Harry Holland scored a hat-trick tonight and Jonesy [Sam Jones] has scored three in two games from full-back; he’s winning everything. Zac Walker kept us in the game in the 15th minute with a fantastic save. The pleasing thing for me is that I’ve also got players like Jack Morton, who should be knocking on the door too. Alister Haydock was unlucky not to play tonight through injury, but he’s different gear when he plays.”
“Jack Ratenbury was called into the U21 side for the game and he’s managed to get an assist, from winning 50 yards himself and then squaring the ball to a team mate; he was class. All I said to Matthew Willis was go on and be defensively strong and make sure that you can recover quickly, I can say he definitely ran himself into the ground for 20 minutes straight.”
Finally, Ryan went on to state if he thought the eight-day gap between the Borrowash fixture and our next game against Mansfield Hosiery Mills would be a hindrance or not.
Hall commented: “I don’t think it will make a difference, if I’m honest, because I’ve just told the lads that we’re going to be training on Monday and have a match next week to prepare for the game. We’re going to keep the squad together and keep them buzzing, and like I’ve said, some are getting opportunities with the first team, so they will keep their match sharpness up.”
By Mitchell Radford.