Macclesfield Town bowed out of the Cheshire Cup on Tuesday night as a youthful Silkmen squad went down 4-1 to 1874 Northwich.
A brave performance from a squad made up from the clubs U2 team took part in the game and despite losing the game the young squad will have learnt a lot from the game.
The majority of the side were aged 16 or 17 and were more than a match for their opponents.
Martyn Irvine took charge of the Silkmen side and he spoke to mtfc.co.uk after the game with his thoughts on proceedings.
“It would’ve been nice to win but we’re about development this year.
“A lot of these lads are 16 and 17 and they play football the right way and even when we were three or four-one down we tried to play football the right way and that shows the character of the lads really.
“This was a different type of football in terms of standard and style of play, but I think they stood up to it for the majority of the game and I couldn’t be prouder really.”
“On another day we could’ve got three or four goals, but I can’t take anything away from the lads because they gave their all.”
Irvine also spoke of the mood in the dressing room after the game and how the performance can have a positive effect on the team moving forward.
“It was a good experience for the players and they’re down and they’re hurting because they believe that they were in that game.
“They’ll have learnt a lot, the average age of the back three was 16 and they’re up against lads who have loads of experience in the football pyramid and they contained them physically.
“I’m just gutted for the lads because they’ve given everything."
By Andrew Gate