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Youth Team Looking to Extend Winning Run

Posted: Fri 17 Mar 2017

Academy coach Dylan Kerr takes his team to York City tomorrow (11am), looking to build on their impressive 2017 to date.

Striker Ricky German scored a hat-trick in their last match, a 3-2 win over Burton Albion, and despite beating the Minstermen earlier in the season, Kerr is expecting a tough fixture.

“Tomorrow we’ll go to York and hopefully maintain our unbeaten run,” Kerr said.

“We beat them at home earlier on in the season, but in this league it’s all about muscle, hustle and bustle and not fancy football. 

“But if we set our stall out which is go and attack them - which we have done since we came back in New Year - then I’m expecting us to come out with a victory.”

There will be a number of under 16s in the squad for tomorrow’s game, with some of them already featuring in previous weeks, and Kerr highlighted some names to look out for. 

“We’ve got Jack Holmes, Luke Rawson and Jamie Sharman (who played 10 minutes for the reserves against Rotherham United on Tuesday) involved tomorrow, and it’s a great experience for them! Hopefully they take that to the next step which is playing with the scholars.

“We had a meeting about standards and it’s sticking in their minds and we’re hoping to maintain that for the rest of the season.” 

One man that Kerr will be without is midfielder Joe Rowley, who will be travelling with the first team to Bristol Rovers, having been an unused substitute in their last two matches. 

Rowley’s inclusion has been fantastic for the academy as a whole, and Kerr believes that he fully deserves his opportunity.

“He’s travelling away which is his first trip and I think he’ll be singing a song for the boys tonight over dinner,” added Kerr. 

“It’s always good to see a young player get into the first team squad. You try and tell these guys that if you want to be a professional footballer then look at Joe, look at his attitude, his work ethic, and his desire, not just in games but in training. 

“He’s a great role model for any young player.”