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Impressive City bounce back to winning ways

2nd December 2020
Match Result
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Blyth Spartans
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York City
Croft Park
Wednesday 2nd Dec - 19:45

Steve Watson’s men secured an emphatic 3-0 victory over struggling Spartans this evening.

After their first defeat of the season at the weekend against Leamington FC, Steve Watson’s men bounced back against bottom side Blyth Spartans.

On the day when some supporters were allowed back into stadiums, the fixture played in front of an empty ground, due to Northumberland being in the Tier 3 region.

The starting line-up showed 2 changes to the weekends defeat with Woods and Redshaw coming into the starting 11 replacing King and McLaughlin. King was not involved in Watson’s 16-man squad with McLaughlin dropping to the bench.

With the pandemic badly affecting York’s season, the Minstermen were looking for three points to ignite their campaign.

It started off brightly for City, who changed their tactics with Tinkler dropping into right-back to form a back four for Steve Watson’s side.

The first corner of the game was awarded to the home side but a quick counter from City and a strong run by Michael Woods allowed him to get to the ball before the keeper and score his second of the season for the Minstermen.

City had a chance to double their lead in the 18th minute after a great run by Redshaw found Woods, who drove inches above the crossbar.

Blyth were again fortunate not to be 2-0 down after Redshaw’s deflected shot fell to Harry Bunn, whose effort beat the keeper but hit the post and fell to safety.

York again came close just before the half an hour mark, when Wright had the ball in the back of the net, but the referee ruled it out due to a foul in the build-up.

Jameson made his first save of the game for York in the 29th minute, denying his former side the chance to equalise.

A defensive error from York almost allowed Blyth’s Connor Thompson to draw Blyth level but Jameson smothered the danger.

On the stroke of half time, a strong handball appeal from the City players was waved away by the referee and York went in at half-time with a deserved 1-0 lead.  

City made a change at half time, with Kennedy coming on for Tinkler. Shortly after, Bunn doubled York City’s lead.

Blyth Spartans had a good opportunity in the 58th minute when Griffiths was denied a goal by the woodwork.

City then had their second substitute of the evening with Potts coming on for Redshaw. Only minutes later, City made the game safe when Jake Cassidy scored with a header at the back post from an excellent cross from Olly Dyson.  

York could have increased their lead in the 80th minute after Bunn was brought down in the penalty area. Bunn picked himself to take the spot kick but fired over the bar.

There were 3 added minutes of the game, where City saw out the remainder of the match, securing a very comfortable and impressive victory.

York now look forward to Saturday’s upcoming fixture against Chester, potentially in front of crowd at Bootham Crescent for the first time since March. With a busy December schedule coming up, Watson’s side have started the month promisingly.

York City: Jameson, Barrow, Newton (c), Tinkler, (Kennedy, 45), Wright, Woods, Cassidy, (McLaughlin, 78), Redshaw, (Potts, 61), Bunn, Dyson, Brown

Subs not used: Flatters, Wollerton

Blyth Spartans: Young, Evans, Elsdon, Alex, Thompson, (Russell, 72), Cain, Heslop (c), Blackett, (Amanthci, 67), Guy, (Scott, 62), Griffiths, Nelson

Subs not used: Pearson, Mckeown


Report by Millie Frain.

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