Craddock: We Showed What We're Capable Of

B Team

B Team boss Matt Craddock was happy with Wanderers’ opening night as his young charges got up and running.

The Whites started their pre-season campaign with an encouraging 1-1 draw at Lancaster City.

Summer signing Trevon Bryan (below) scored a stunning early goal as Wanderers matched the Northern Premier League outfit in a competitive contest at the Giant Axe.

“It was perfect for Trevon. A really good way for him to introduce himself. He’s got a lot of talent. He needs to that to his work-rate, which we saw in parts, and he looked a real handful,” said Craddock, who named all three of the Whites’ new arrivals in hus starting line-up.

“I was pleased for him and, overall, I was pleased for all the lads. I think we showed what we are capable of.

“I’ve often said that I feel we sometimes don’t get what we deserve and I think we deserved at least a draw.

B Team

“I was obviously disappointed we gave a goal away, but I thought we showed some really good passages of play and were brave to get on the ball.

“If we are going to develop players that can handle the ball, we’re going to have take risks and be on the ball a lot.”

Wanderers were particularly impressive in the opening half-hour as they moved the ball about against testing opposition.

And following a number of substitutions – and an equaliser given away early in the second – they stayed in the contest with a finishing side including scholars, first-year professionals and three trialists. 

“To finish with such a young team and still be competitive and try and play and do it the right way was really pleasing”
Matt Craddock, B Team Head Coach

“We were really pleased and can definitely see progress. We saw real periods of play where we were confident and competent with possession of the ball.

“They’re learning and you can see they’re progressing. Last pre-season was a baptism of fire. They learned some real harsh lessons in a really short space of time. I think when you watch them now, they’ve learned from that and they’re growing.”

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