York City included trialist Papa Agyemang as they held a strong Leeds United side to a 0-0 draw in a private friendly game at a blustery Bootham Crescent.
|“I still regard York City as a Football League club because they are still full-time, have a good fan base and are well run” – Neil Refearn|
The visitors featured club skipper Richard Naylor and former Manchester United youngster Michael Stewart, in addition to the likes of on loan Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, Billy Paynter, Mike Grella and Ben Parker, while Neil Barrett made a welcome return to action for York following a recent knee injury.
And it was Barrett and Peter Till going close for the hosts before the interval and former Ghana Under-20 international Agyemang forcing a save from David Gonzalez after it.
The Minstermen fielded a different side for each half of the game, with David Knight, Danny Racchi, David McGurk, Greg Young, Chris Carruthers, Andre Boucaud, Will Hatfield, David McDermott, Leon Constantine and Jamie Reed introduced after the break.
Former York coach Neil Refearn, who is now reserve team manager at Elland Road, said afterwards that he would be prepared to send more Leeds youngsters to gain experience with their Yorkshire neighbours.
“I still regard York City as a Football League club because they are still full-time, have a good fan base and are well run,” he told The Press. “I also saw yesterday that the new manager likes to play football so it`s a great place for kids to go and get experience.”
York recently acquired Leeds’ young midfielder Hatfield on loan whilst also permanently signing right-back Liam Darville following his release from the Championship club.