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YOUTH: Pleasing to see

27 July 2013

Dave Wilkes on the Annan draw

Youth team coach Dave Wilkes spoke to us about what was a very pleasing performance at Annan on Tuesday night. 

"During the first half at Annan we played their youth team with the exception of Alex Mitchell in goal," he explained. "We were 2-0 up at half time and it was one of the best first halves I've seen from a youth team for a long time. The way we moved the ball about and created chances was very pleasing to see. 

"In the second half they put some of their senior players on. We wanted to give our lads about 60 minutes each so for the last half an hour we played with a very inexperienced side. 

"They got a foothold in the game at the start of the second half and put us under a bit of pressure. We conceded one goal but I thought we would still manage to see it out, unfortunately Danny [Eccles] misjudged a cross and they got the equaliser. 

"It was disappointing because we played really well in the first half but hopefully we will learn from it. A first half performance like that will give them bags of confidence because we caused them a lot of problems. We had a lot of possession in the first half and we looked quite comfortable so that can only be a good thing for them going forward. 

"Connor [Thomson] and Patrick [Brough] took their goals very well. Patrick scored from a corner, he managed to head it back across the goal and into the corner of the net. We worked hard for the second one, we got Connor in and he finished it very well to be fair to him. We even had some good chances in the second half and we probably should have scored more. 

"It was a good game, I think they probably looked at how we played in the first half and wanted to give us a better game in the second half which was fair enough."

"We've got a game against Bury on Monday," he continued. "I think a few of our lads will be involved with the first team over this weekend so we'll take some under 16s, that will be good for them because it means they'll get more experience which is invaluable for them. 

"It's all starting to get exciting now because our first league game against Wrexham isn't far away. They're always up there and they seem to produce some very good players."

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