Lewis Young up for challenge of claiming regular Yeovil Town starting spot
Flying winger Lewis Young has revealed his frustrations at being restricted to cameo appearances but admits it is up to him to force his way into Yeovil Town’s first XI.
The 23-year-old has started just once since a summer switch from Northampton Town, returning from a four-month injury lay-off at the start of February.
Young – brother of Manchester United and England’s Ashley – was stretchered off just five minutes after his half time introduction against Portsmouth in October.
Although he has continued to impress coming from the bench and running at tiring defences since his comeback, the right-footer is hungry for more.
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He said: “It has been frustrating sitting on the bench but when the boys are doing so well you can’t expect anything else.
“We have just got to keep your head down on the training pitch, keep working hard and keep making it hard for the lads that are playing to keep in the manager’s thoughts.
“It felt like ages that I was out. It was a really long, hard slog getting fit, but the manager, coaching staff, physio and the boys were all behind me, coming to speak to me every morning. They could see how hard I was working.
“Hopefully now it is starting to pay dividends with five and ten minutes here and there and hopefully I get rewarded with more in the run in.”
And with the Glovers very much in the heart of a promotion fight in npower League One, Young said he was not the only player currently on the fringes aiming to impress Gary Johnson.
“We have got one of the youngest squads and hopefully we will have the legs until the end of the season,” he said.
“It’s really exciting this part of the season and I don’t know anyone who isn’t champing at the bit to get those final games under our belts and see where it takes us. There’s no reason why we can’t finish up there.”
After a disappointing goal-less draw at Hartlepool United on Saturday, Young was looking forward to returning to Huish Park for back-to-back home games against Crawley Town and promotion rivals Swindon Town.
He said: “If you look at our stats on the board we don’t draw a lot. Picking up a point is better than none but we feel we should beat anyone. We had so many chances but it just wouldn’t drop for us.
“But we have got another game on Tuesday. We have made Huish Park like a fortress and picked up so many points there.
“People have been surprised with our run but we have always seen it coming, we are doing really well and long may it continue until the end of the season.”