Macauley: “We had a great shift” – News

First-year professional Tom Macauley said the team worked extremely hard as the Under-23s beat North Ferriby FC 5-1.

Finishes from Sincere Hall, Oliver Green, Will Jarvis, Aman Panesar and Keegan Green saw Richard Naylor’s side start the pre-season with a win, while retaining the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy.

“I think the boys had a great shift in the first game of the preseason,” Macauley said.

“Everyone worked hard and tried to put into practice what we had been doing for three to four weeks.

“I am delighted with my own performance. To be able to help the team, keep a clean sheet, get the win and keep the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy is a great feeling.

“I thought the boys were class overall and it was great for Aman (Panesar) and Keegan (Green) to come and play for the Under 23s and make a huge difference in terms of the scoreline.”

The keeper produced a series of impressive saves as he replaced Harry Fisk in the second half, and he will look to replicate that performance against Grimsby Town on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the behind-closed-doors friendly against the Mariners and the recent appointment of new Under-23 professional development stage head coach Conor Sellars, Macauley said: “I can’t wait to see Tuesday’s game against Grimsby Town.

“I hope to get the opportunity to play and if I do, I want to make an impact again.

“Recently we had a new coach (Conor Sellars) and we’re trying to play the way he wants us to play. He’s arrived and I think he’s had an impact already.

“You can see in the boys that they’re alert and training hard and I think he’s had a good impact on the team as a whole.”

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