Matt Gardiner on FA Trophy win over the Minstermen…
By Matty Paddock - 16/12/2017
Posted 3 months ago
HARRIERS “stuck to their guns” to see off FA Trophy holders York City at Aggborough on Saturday and progress to the next round, says Matt Gardiner.
Goals from James Pearson and Emmanuel Sonupe put the reds into a 2-0 lead.
Amari Morgan-Smith, a former Harrier, curled in a beauty of a goal to pull one back for the Minstermen, but the reds held strong.
That was a huge positive for Gardiner, who praised the showing of the likes of Fraser Horsfall and Tyrone Williams.
They and the rest of the team dug in deep to ensure there was no late equaliser.
It’s all the more impressive given the quality of the opposition and the backdrop of a hectic week for all concerned after illness and challenging weather conditions.
“To see the young group stand up to it…. it’s very positive for the future.” Matt Gardiner
Gardiner reflected: “We have had a bit of illness in the camp and obviously training was disrupted.
“York are a good team so we knew, to get through, it was going to be tough.
“They are a very experienced team and they made it tough for us.
“To see the young group stand up to it and see the game out as they did, it’s very positive for the future.
“Our two centre backs were magnificent and they were backed up with the midfield players and the full-backs around them.
“We’re very pleased with the way they’ve defended and stuck to their guns to get us over the line and into the hat for Monday.”