City check out Leicester duo

Published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City boss Billy McEwan ran the rule over Leicester City teenagers Andy King and Carl Pentney during last night's 5-0 friendly win at Sheffield FC.

Midfielder King played the first 45 minutes at last season's Northern Counties East League champions while goalkeeper Pentney was introduced as a half-time substitute for Tom Evans during a game in which Richard Brodie (2), Stuart Elliott, Onome Sodje and Manny Panther found the net.

King and Pentney were both members of Leicester's FA Premier League Group B' title-winning academy side last season.

King scored eight goals in 21 appearances for the young Foxes while Pentney enjoyed 20 outings and both players were rewarded with professional contracts, meaning manager Martin Allen is only likely to sanction a loan move to the Minstermen.

But City boss McEwan has not indicated that he will be making any decisions yet, simply saying: "We had a look at the two young boys from Leicester and they both did OK."

Fellow trialist Brian Dutton did not play in last night's game after a family bereavement but Carl Jones, currently playing for City on the same basis, started the game before picking up a knock and being substituted in the later stages.

Utility man Ross Greenwood filled in at centre-back for the last ten minutes having earlier been introduced on the left side of midfield.

Ben Purkiss also replaced David McGurk at half-time, giving the first hints that McEwan could consider the former Gainsborough Trinity right-back for a central defensive role when the Blue Square Premier season kicks off with a home game against Cambridge United a week on Saturday.

McEwan remained non-committal on that subject but was fulsome in his praise of ex-Manchester United trainee Greenwood, saying: "Ross is our Mr Versatile. He's a natural footballer and, if you ask him to do a job, he will do it.

"He has been doing well in the centre of midfield but he can play anywhere. He's a good type and that's why he's still at the club."

McEwan was also pleased that goalscorer Elliott completed his first 90 minutes since February and enjoyed an imposing midfield performance.

The City boss added: "Stuart is an experienced player who knows what it's all about. He's not played much competitive football since getting injured at Northwich early in the year but you can see his fitness and touch coming back.

"The game was a competitive match for us on a good surface. We played a lot of good football and created some good situations in the final third of the pitch."

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