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City lose first game at new stadium to Fylde

By Dan Simmonite | 16th February 2021
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LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 16th Feb - 19:00

City didn't have the fairytale start to the new stadium that they'd hoped for tonight after suffering a 3-1 loss at the hands of AFC Fylde.

The game kicked off under the lights at the LNER Community Stadium with Steve Watson starting both new loan signings Gabby McGill and Jason Gilchrist up top for the occasion with Michael Duckworth also returning from injury and slotting in at right back.

Fylde had the first efforts on goal early in the game, with Nick Haughton shooting twice from outside the area only to be blocked by a red shirt.

City top scorer Sean Newton then had a set piece from an acute angle which was curled just over the crossbar five minutes in.

Steve Watson's men seemed prime candidates to grab the first goal after showing intent with Scott Barrow volleying at the back post and Paddy McLaughlin finding space on the edge to shoot - both efforts blocked by the Coasters defence.

However, the best chance of the first half fell to Gabby McGill on 28 minutes, the forward gambling on a mix-up between goalkeeper Chris Neal and his defender, grabbing the ball on the right of the box before firing over the crossbar.

Fylde then hit back with a chance of their own with Ben Tollitt cutting in from the right and striking inches wide of Pete Jameson's post.

It looked as though the teams were going into the second half level until a deflected corner landed to Alex Whitmore at the back post in the dying moments. The defender made no mistake and wrote himself into the history books with the first goal at the new stadium.

City came into the second half and made a change early on with Jake Cassidy coming on for Jason Gilchrist but Fylde added another before the attacker could make an impact. Haughton produced a sublime free kick which rattled the bar and rebounded back off Jameson and into the back of the net - the unfortunate play going down as an own goal for the City goalkeeper.

Steve Watson then threw caution to the wind with two more attacking changes, Olly Dyson and Jack Redshaw taking to the field.

Redshaw made an instant impact and injected life in the front line, winning a penalty on 63 minutes after dribbling inside the area.

Up stepped skipper Sean Newton to grab his seventh goal of the season, an incredible feat for the centre half who scored only four goals last campaign.

Roles then reversed with Newton providing a back post free kick drilled to the boot of Redshaw but the forward couldn't keep the ball under the crossbar from an acute angle.

Any hope of a comeback was diminished with 10 minutes to go from a spectacular 30-yard free kick by who else by Nick Haughton, catapulting the ball up and over the wall and leaving Jameson no chance.

Chances were few and far between after what seemed like the final nail in the coffin and City couldn't provide any last-minute heroics to salvage something from the game.

City now look towards Saturday's contest against Chorley with the team now 13 points off top spot with 5 games in hand.

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Tinkler (Dyson, 60), Brown, Newton, Barrow, Woods, McLaughlin, Bunn, McGill (Redshaw, 60), Gilchrist (Cassidy, 54).

Unused substitutes: Whitley, Kennedy.

Yellow cards: Bunn, Newton

AFC Fylde: Neal, Burke, Conlan, Pond, Whitmore, Tollitt, Philliskirk, Haughton (Hulme 86), Sampson, Perkins (Nolan 75), Osborne (Mondal 76).

Unused substitutes: Willoughby, Obi.

Yellow cards: Pond


Attendance: 4,529 peak Livestream viewers

Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match: Sean Newton

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