Players have done what we wanted by reaching first round, says youth coach

Mark Trueman. Picture: Darren Murphy
Mark Trueman. Picture: Darren Murphy

FC Halifax Town youth team coach Mark Trueman says his players have not over-achieved by reaching the FA Youth Cup first round after beating Fylde 4-1 at The Shay.

Goals from Reece Kendall, Josh Debenham, James Sunderland and Kelan Swales put Town through, where Town could now face Football League opposition.

“It’s great for the lads and the club,” said Trueman on reaching the first round.

“We set them that goal and they’ve achieved it through hard-work on the training pitch and performances in games.

“We’re delighted to be in the hat.

“We’d love a home draw but even if we got a big club away that’d be great, to play at a big ground.

“We’ll be looking to progress because in the second round the Championship and Premier League teams come in.

“It would be a good achievement to get that far, but we’ve not over-achieved.

“We set the goal of reaching the first round because we’ve got good players.”

Trueman felt his side fully merited their win over Fylde.

“The lads did really well,” he said.

“It was probably the best they’ve played all season, especially in the first-half.

“We had a game plan to press them high and keep them back as much as we could.

“The feedback we got from Fylde was that they would try to do that, but we stopped them from implementing it.”

The game was watched by chairman David Bosomworth and manager Billy Heath.

“It’s nice they show an interest, and it’s good they came to watch and see what the youth team is about,” added Trueman.

“Hopefully Billy was impressed by what he saw.”