PLEASED though he was by the performance of the three teenagers in his side, Wrexham manager Denis Smith said their talent and enthusiasm was no substitute for experience.
Craig Morgan, Simon Spender (pictured above) and debutant Levi Mackin all played their part in earning the Dragons a point in the final away match of the season, but the Dragons boss believes the campaign would have been more productive if recent injuries and suspensions could have been avoided.
"It was a good hard-working performance considering we've got three lads playing who are basically YTS players," he said. "And Mackin didn't know he was playing until 1.30pm when Paul Barrett got off the coach and stated being sick.
"Levi (pictured below) did extremely well but we know he can play. We aren't going to get carried away with the youngsters, though, because they are there to fill the holes and, unfortunately we have too many of those at the moment.
"We haven't got Carlos Edwards on the wing, we had Brian Carey on the bench though he wasn't fit and we were without Jim Whitley, who anchors the whole thing together."
"But Dennis (Lawrence) has been tremendous again and people tend to forget that Craig Morgan, although he's a professional now, is only 18. Besides the mistake he made early on, he's had a super game."
Warming to his theme, the Racecourse boss added: "We have an extremely good youth policy and it's no good if you don't have it. If you put time and effort in it's got to come through and I think the three who played today proves it's working.
"We're hoping others will follow behind them but if you put a team full of youngsters out I can guarantee you'll possibly get relegated.
"I would like a bigger squad but I'm not likely to get it and Wycombe are having the same sort of problems as us as far as finances are concerned. We had a good chance of getting into the play-offs but we've dropped off. But we've punched well above our weight because we are a small club."