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James Crawley

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Posted Tuesday, July 31st 2018

'You'd be hard pressed to find a midfielder with better passing range'

Luke Williams heaped praise on James Morton, after his display in City's cup win over Gloucester City.

The youngsters took the Tigers to penalties in the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup final on Monday night (July 30th) with the game poised at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

The spot kicks went to sudden death and after Tom Harrison converted to make it 7-6 in City's favour, keeper Alhaji Sesay saved to ensure Williams' side retained the historic trophy.

"Every one one of them has worked hard and to win this game has been excellent so I am happy," U23s coach Williams told bcfc.co.uk

"There was quick football, we showed aggression and they showed that they want to play hard for the club and for each other. I’m really pleased with that and particularly James Morton.

"You’d be hard pressed to see a midfielder with a range of passing that he has. He plays off both feet, with range and his passing completion rate is high.

"He is something special to watch. He’ll jump for every header, he pulls out of nothing and he is a young player on the right path.

"We’re also seeing Harvey Smith as captain of the team taking his job extremely seriously. He wins headers against the senior teams, wins so many tackles and it’s an interesting time for these young lads."

City U23's coach Luke Williams

He added: "The standard of the penalties was excellent. When we came in for the huddle beforehand I said that AJ [Sesay] will always save one, so if we score we win because it’s impossible that he won’t save a penalty and that’s exactly what he did!

"The players have developed well and are now starting to push to be in Lee Johnson's plans."

City U23's 2018/19 fixtures will be released in due course.