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FC United U19’s assistant coach Jack Doyle is pleased with how his team is progressing despite conceding an 89th minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Rochdale.

In a tight encounter low on chances, FC United looked set to take all three points through Max Lewens’ goal midway through the second half before a late barrage from Rochdale resulted in Tyler Smith’s header salvaging a point for the hosts.

With a symmetrical record of two wins, two defeats and two losses, FC United sit mid-table in Division J, but for Doyle it’s performances that take precedence over results: “We don’t really look at the table. We’re more concerned with the players playing well and hopefully progressing through to the first team.”

Defender Jan Palinkas has recently made the step up to the first team while Dillon Kirkman, Sam Harding, goalscorer Lewens and the Iwegbu twins, Sam and Xavier have all been training with the Under 21’s and are held in high esteem by the management teams.

Next up for FC United is a local derby with high-flying Salford City, who suffered their first defeat of the season last time out after a 4-2 loss to City of Liverpool. Doyle said: “We like to test ourselves and they’re one of the best teams in the league so it’s another challenge that we’re looking forward to.”

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