The Minstermen exited the North Riding Senior Cup last night following a narrow 3-2 defeat at Guisborough Town.
Overseen by Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan, a starting eleven was named which featured a mixture of first-teamers and youth-teamers.
Maison Campbell, Thierry Latty-Fairweather, Mitch Hancox and Zanda Siziba all featured, whilst there was also a start at left back for Scott Barrow, who made his first appearance for the club since suffering an injury in the 2021/22 National League North playoff final seventeen months ago.
Six U19 players also started the fixture, which included Ben Tate, Roan Shirley, Leon Gibson-Booth, Bill Marshall, Alex Payne and Charlie Lumsden.
Campbell was called into action early on in the Minstermen goal, firstly being tested into a save from distance which was parried away, before making a quick-reaction save to deny a header from close-range in the twentieth minute.
City got on the front foot for a short spell shortly after as Latty-Fairweather was denied from a tight angle as he won his side a corner, before captain for the evening Hancox tried lobbing the goalkeeper after making a break through the middle, but his effort was easily saved by the Guisborough goalkeeper.
The hosts took the lead in the 37th minute with a tap-in at the far post through Sonny Coleman after a low cross played across the face of goal from the right.
But the Minstermen levelled the game six minutes after the break as Hancox scored a tap-in from a central position after good work down the right by Siziba.
And end-to-end spell then endured for both sides as Siziba made a brilliant run forward before having an effort deflect away for a throw, before Campbell was again called into action as he got down low to parry away a low shot from a tight angle.
Guisborough retook the lead in the 64th minute as substitute Ben Cummins pounced on a loose ball to score from close range as he put his side back into the lead.
But that lead didn’t last long as Siziba levelled the game with fifteen minutes to go. The winger hit the ball first time from distance and rolled the ball into the back of the net after the Guisborough goalkeeper didn’t put enough on a clearance.
As the game looked like it was going to head to penalties, the hosts went 3-2 ahead with only four minutes remaining. Defender Alex Nelson headed home from close range at the back post after a delivery into the area from the right.
City had one final chance to pull a way back into the game, but with the final chance of the game, Siziba drilled an effort narrowly over the bar from the tightest of angles.
York City: Campbell; Tate, Shirley, Gibson-Booth (Edenene 74’), Barrow; Payne, Marshall, Hancox (C); Lumsden (Nganga 59’), Siziba, Larry-Fearweather
Unused Subs: Taylor, Dijikingue, Wilson
Goals: Hancox (51’), Siziba (75’)
Referee: Matthew Dicicco