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Ryan Kidd: Young Players Impressed

2 March 2015

Ryan Kidd believes the under-16s and 15s who he gave game time to, impressed against Port vale.

Bury under-18s beat a pacey Port Vale side 3-0 on Saturday, to keep their unbeaten run of 11 games going strong, while pulling away from the rest of the pack at the top of the table.

However, youth team coach Ryan Kidd believes it was an even more impressive result when you take into account that the side had a number of younger players in the squad.

This was due to a number of injuries and illnesses that hit the squad through the week, although it shows why everyone in the department is so optimistic about the clubs future.

Speaking after the match, Ryan said: “I’m pleased with the result; in terms of the performance as a team I thought it was okay, individually they could have all played better. 

“If you strip it back and look at the circumstances it was a good result. On Friday, I lost Anthony Dudley, Brayden Shaw and Ben Potter, all second year scholars. 

“Dudley and Brayden alone have about 30 goals between them, so it was a massive loss. We brought a number of under-16s last minute to compensate and I thought they did well.

“Liam Williams, a centre-back who will be in the youth team set-up next season, was outstanding. Will Osgathorpe, played about 60minutes and did very well, we also had Soloman Abubakar who came on at the end, and Ryan Cooney who played 25 minutes.

“We played Port Vale earlier in the season in the Youth Cup, and that was a tight game. This time we played them and came away with a 3-0 win.”

Kidd gave credit to Port Vale for the chances they made for themselves, but feels clinical finishing was the difference between the two teams.

He said: “They had a number of chances in the game, if they’d have finished them it might have been a different  story.

“But by either last ditch defending or poor finishing, we managed to keep a clean sheet, and we took the chances we got.

“I thought we were pretty clinical in taking our chances and that’s what football is all about sometimes. 

“You have to be clinical in both boxes and we kept a clean sheet and scored three down the other end, which is the aim of the game.

“Individually, we could get better and we know that, but the players we had out were terrific to go to Port Vale and get a win.”

Watch highlights of the match below:



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