Ryan Kidd feels his side did well in a mental and physical battle.
Bury under-18s took on local side Prestwich Heys last night and came out 2-1 winners against a very physical side, who gave the youngsters a very good game.
Youth Team Manager, Ryan Kidd, admitted after the game that he put the game on against an all age team in Heys, instead of just other youth teams to test their physical and mental strength.
Talking at Prestwich Heys last night, he said: “Tonight was a test, I purposefully set this game up so they came up against some men for a more mental and physical battle, and I think they stood up to that quite well.
“It was a decent game of football from both sides, and we have won the game which I am pleased about.
“I’m not happy with the quality, because we were a bit sloppy under pressure and very sloppy in the final third.
“I’m also disappointed with the amount of chances they had as well, so we have plenty of work to do to get back to the level we were at by the end of last season.”
Ryan believes the team showed that they are starting to gel, however he knows that it will take a while for them to get back to where they were at the end of last season.
He said: “It always takes time, last year it took about three and a half months for us to really get in our stride and getting them doing what we want from them.
“The second years know what we want now which is beneficial, but the five first years don’t know at this moment exactly what I want from them.
“This is mainly because we had to get them from outside of the club, so it’s going to take them three or four months to really get in tune with what we need from them.
“I think that was evident in the game tonight."