MICKY BARRON believes the club’s future is in good hands after watching a side made up entirely of teenagers defeat Northern League side Horden 4-0 last night, writes LIAM MUIR.
With the youth team returning from the Milk Cup in Ireland earlier this week, a competition in which they were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 defeat against County Down in the Vase final, it was another chance for Barron, pictured right, to assess the youngsters that Mick Wadsworth could have at his disposal.
Barron told MailSport: “I spoke to John (Hewitson, head of youth development)) when they arrived back and he was delighted and said that they performed really well.
“It was a tough trip for them because they played five games, but it shows them what they have got to be.”
With the first-team set for a minimum 49-game season, plus reserve team fixtures to fill, a number of the players on show last night could have a big part to play this season and Barron was delighted with the comfortable victory.
He added: “It was very satisfying, especially the second half.
“In the first half I thought our passing wasn’t good enough at times, but in the second we asked them to pass it much quicker and show a little more movement to get the ball and I thought they played some good stuff and created a lot of chances.”
Despite being a young side, they showed a lot of maturity to comfortably dispose of tough opposition, but Barron wasn’t surprised by their level of professionalism.
He said: “Every game is important for them so mentally they are up for every game that they go into.
“They have a lot to prove so they treat every game and training session with huge importance.
“The two lads at the back (Mellish and Johnson) were solid and I thought Jordan (Richards) and big Callum (Hassan) up front was excellent. He put himself about and got in some fantastic positions.”