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City History

2017/18 Review

Who knows what 2017/8 will bring. Its a journey into the unknown.

The Season - Take 1

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The Season - Take2

The following is taken from Dave Flett's article.

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The Players

  1. NAME Appraisal Appearances: x (x); Goals: x; Rating: x/10

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  4. NAME Appraisal Appearances: x (x); Goals: x; Rating: x/10

Goals: Name1 n, Name2.

Assists:

Cards: Name1 n yellow cards; Name2 x yellow; Name3 x red, y yellow.

National League North Attendances 2017/8

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For all the details see European Football Statistics, a wonderful web site.

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Intermediates

The York City Under-18s compete in the Football League Youth Alliance League North East. Home matches kick off at 11.00am at the Wigginton Road Training Ground unless otherwise stated.

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FA Youth Cup

City won 3 ties before losing 1-0 at home to Salford City in Qualifying Round 3, the round before Round 1 when Division 1 and 2 clubs enter the competition.

  1. Tadcaster Albion (H) (06/Sep/17) (FA Youth Cup - Preliminary Round) W 4-0
    YORK City's youngsters breezed into the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup tonight thanks to a 4-0 victory over neighbours Tadcaster Albion. Striker Aaron Haswell, who has been on the first team bench for the last two games against Chorley and Spennymoor, scored twice before the break to set the side on course for victory. Albion defender Owen Marshall diverted a cross past his own goalkeeper for an own goal early in the second half and Josh Berry wrapped things up with 25 minutes to play. Haswell, who played in attack alongside Ryan Edmondson, had the first opportunity to break the deadlock but Albion goalkeeper Tom Cammish produced a good low save. Cammish was called upon again in the 12th minute when tipping over a 25 yard freekick from City fullback Zac Lawrence. City's pressure evenutally paid off in the 19th minute as Haswell showed his quality to open the scoring. Intercepting a pass from Albion fullback David Barber, Haswell advanced into the box virtually unchallenged before shooting low past Cammish. Referee Conor Ledgeway booked City winger Noah Jackson in the 28th minute for kicking the ball following a foul. Only moments earlier, City captain Josh Rogerson had been spoken to following a heavy challenge on Joe Allerton. Midfielder Harry Thompson neary doubled City's lead in the 33rd minute but his far post header fizzed inches wide of the net. Albion struggled to make chances against a well-organised City defence but winger Donald Chimalilo was always keen to take the ball forward. Chimalilo tested goalkeeper Ryan Whitley from the edge of the box after 39 minutes - ignoring the option to pass to an unmarked Max Tweddle. City increased their advantage three minutes before halftime courtesy of a deflected shot from the edge of the box by Haswell. Albion had only half cleared a corner and Haswell's low drive appeared to strike Joe Allerton on its way past Cammish. Defender Marshall diverted a low cross from Thompson past his own goalkeeper in the 54th minute as City moved into a comfortable 3-0 lead. Berry wrapped things up for City in the 65th minute when scoring from eight yards after Edmondson's header had been blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Cammish.
    City: Whitley; Kemp, Rogerson, Watson, Lawrence; Berry (McNaughton 80), Ward (Overton 80), Thompson, Jackson (Harrison 84); Edmondson, Haswell. Unused substitutes: Wilton, Jackson.
    Tadcaster Albion: Cammish; Sheppeard, Scrowston, Marshall, Barber; Anderson (Kilvington 73), Savage; Chimailo, Allerton (Vass 65), Tweddle (Davison 82); Hunter. Unused substitutes: Birley, Turbine.
    Bookings: Jackson (York City) 28mins (Dissent)
    Referee: Conor Ledgeway
    Attendance: 364
  2. Harrogate Town (H) (19/Sep/17) (FA Youth Cup - 1st Qualifying Round) W 5-0
    Ryan Edmondson and Aaron Haswell were both on the scoresheet as York City's Under-18s comprehensively defeated Harrogate Town 5-0 in their FA Youth Cup first qualifying round tie at Bootham Crescent. The Minstermites were in front on eleven minutes when Joe Kemp's searching ball allowed Haswell to cross for sixteen-year-old Edmondson to convert at close-range. Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley was though forced into routine action from distance by Sam Phoenix, who also headed over. Connor Weal similarly threatened for the visitors at the far post after goalscorer Edmondson had already been thwarted by keeper Jordan Myers. But City still advanced the scoreline around the half-hour mark as Haswell chased onto a through pass and slotted in from twelve-yards. Weal replied wide of the target following a misplaced pass, although it was left-back Zac Lawrence adding a third goal during first-half stoppage-time. Harry Thompson's deflected shot then found its way into the net after an early second-half corner, while Noah Jackson's angled strike was soon kept out by Myers. Skipper Josh Rogerson next headed Lawrence's free-kick onto the crossbar, with keeper Myers in the process suffering an injury and being replaced by Harry Stanley. But his error allowed fellow substitute Flynn McNaughton a simple fifth goal with just under twenty minutes remaining, thus surpassing the total scored against Tadcaster Albion in the previous round.
    City: Whitley, Kemp, Lawrence, Ward, Rogerson, Watson, Berry (Harrison 69), Thompson, Edmondson (McNaughton 62), Haswell, Jackson (Overton 75). Subs (unused): Wilton, Dyer.
    Harrogate Town: Myers (Stanley 63), Steele, Palmer, Barker, Gibson, Heselgrave, Richardson, Robinson, Phoenix, Verity, Weal (McNeil 46). Subs (unused): Nugent, Dolby, Clark
    Scorers: Goals: Edmondson (11), Haswell (32), Lawrence (45), Thompson (51), McNaughton (71)
    Referee: A. Luff
    Attendance: 184
  3. Harrogate Railway Athletic (H) (03/Oct/17) (FA Youth Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round) W 3-1
    Substitute Ryan McNaughton scored twice and made a third as York City's Under-18s overcame Harrogate Railway 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup second qualifying round at Bootham Crescent. The Minstermites had already scored a combined nine goals without reply while progressing through the opening couple of rounds of the competition. Home forward Aston Harrison had an early low attempt saved by Dan Dekanski while both Joe Kemp and Ryan Edmondson headed wide before Noah Jackson lifted over. Aaron Haswell also tried his luck from distance - but the ball was to once again clear the target, with fellow recent first-team squad member Edmondson subsequently dragging another opportunity wide of the far post. For their part Railway also struck a 25-yard effort narrowly beyond the top corner, while Jackson went down inside their area without reward and right-back Kemp saw a further header gathered by Dekanski. With the scoreline still remaining unchanged early in the second-half, the hosts introduced substitute McNaughton and his low strike soon again called the visiting keeper into action. And McNaughton was to supply the cross back-heeled into the net by striker Edmondson to make the breakthrough with the hour-mark of the contest approaching. However, Rail were suddenly back level just sixty seconds later as Lewis Barnard chased forward and his low shot beat Ryan Whitley. Both McNaughton and Zac Lawrence were then off-target with replies, although it was the former restoring the lead from the edge of the area with around fifteen minutes remaining. And McNaughton - who also scored off the bench in the previous round - was to make the tie safe inside the final five minutes courtesy of an angled finish.
    City: Whitley, Kemp, Lawrence, Ward, Rogerson, Watson, Berry (McNaughton 55), Haswell, Edmondson, Harrison, N. Jackson. Subs (unused): Dyer, Wilton, Overton, W. Jackson
    Scorers: Edmondson (58), McNaughton (75, 86)
    Harrogate Railway: Dekanski, Kirk, Barnard, Foley (Speight 78), Wright, Smithies, Whiteley, Bhogal, Firth, Baravelli, Merchant (Green 51). Subs (unused): Ickringill
    Scorers: Barnard (59)
    Attendance: 158
  4. Salford City (H) (17/Oct/17) (FA Youth Cup - 3rd Qualifying Round) L 0-1
    YORK City waved farewell to the FA Youth Cup tonight after a 1-0 defeat in the third qualifying round against Salford City at Bootham Crescent. A goal by Mani Ogunrinde five minutes before the interval settled the contest although both Ryan Edmondson and Zac Lawrence hit the woodwork for the Minstermen. City had progressed to this stage of the competition thanks to victories over a trio of Yorkshire neighbours – Tadcaster Albion, Harrogate Town, and Harrogate Railway Athletic. But Salford - who have also beaten Mossley, Daisy Hill, and Warrington Town - now go into the hat for the first round draw and await the possibility of a tie against League One or League Two opposition. City’s youth team manager Steve Torpey had expected a ‘positive reaction’ from his players after a disappointing weekend defeat in the league against Notts County. And his side nearly took the lead after just five minutes when Flynn McNaughton dragged a shot narrowly wide of the Salford far post. Striker Edmondson was desperately unlucky in the 16th minute when his close-range shot squeezed between the legs of Salford goalkeeper Marcel Wusciewicz and bounced to safety off the post. Despite controlling the game for long periods of the first half, City fell behind to a goal by Ogunrinde five minutes before the interval. The Salford winger seized on a slip by centreback Jake Watson and took the ball around goalkeeper Ryan Whitley before sliding home. City were unlucky not to equalise in the 62nd minute when Lawrence’s long range effort was scrambled against the post by goalkeeper Wusiewicz. The ball spun into the air and was just inches beyond the reach of the incoming Edmondson. With first team manager Martin Gray and sporting director Dave Penney both looking on from the stands, City worked hard in search of an equaliser. Edmondson’s header brought a finger-tip save from the Salford goalkeeper and, deep into stoppage time, McNaughton turned a corner over the crossbar. But it was not to be City's night and Salford duly gained some form of 'revenge' for their first team's defeat to the Minstermen in this season's FA Cup.
    Youth team manager Steve Torpey described his side's 1-0 defeat against Salford City in the FA Youth Cup as 'hard to take'. The Minstermen lost to a solitary goal by Salford winger Mani Ogunrinde after dominating Tuesday night's third qualifying round tie at Bootham Crescent. Ogunrinde had capitalized on a rare defensive slip-up just before halftime by the Minstermen who twice hit the woodwork and created far more goalscoring opportunities. "We didn't deserve to lose that game and the way we lost it was a little bit disappointing and a little hard to take," said Torpey. "We dominated the first half. I think they had a spell for 10-15 minutes in the second half where they had a bit of possession without really penetrating or hurting us. "I thought the goal was going to come. We kept on pressing and, in the second half, I don't think they got out of their half." Reflecting on his team's overall performance in the FA Youth Cup, Torpey said: "They have done brilliant all throughout the competition - but to lose the way we lost is hard to take."
    York City: Whitley, Kemp, Lawrence, Ward, Rogerson, Watson, Harrison, Haswell, Edmondson, McNaughton, N.Jackson. Unused substitutes: Dyer, Wilton, Berry, Overton, W.Jackson.

    Salford City: Wusiewicz, Doyle, Foster, Woodcock (Voss 70), Moncrieffe, Ogunrinde (Morris 77), Adetiloye, Foulds, Chukwu, Thompson-Edwards, Eadie. Unused substitutes: Barlow, Hatton, Burrows.
    Referee: Will Cavanagh
    Attendance: 157

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August 2017
Sat 05 - H BRADFORD CITY
Sat 12 - A Rotherham United
Sat 19 - H GRIMSBY TOWN
Sat 26 Cup Group Match 1
September
Sat 02 - H OLDHAM ATHLETIC (12pm)
Sat 09 - A Scunthorpe United
Sat 16 Cup Group Match 2
Sat 23 - H BURTON ALBION (12pm)
Sat 30 - A Lincoln City
October
Sat 07 Cup Group Match 3
Sat 14 - H NOTTS COUNTY (11.30am)
Sat 28 - A Mansfield Town
November
Sat 04 Cup Group Match 4
Sat 11 Free Week
Sat 18 - A Chesterfield
Sat 25 In Service
December
Sat 02 - H HARTLEPOOL UNITED
Sat 09 Cup Area Quarter-Final
Sat 16 - A Doncaster Rovers
January 2018
Sat 06 - H SCUNTHORPE UNITED
Sat 13 Cup Area Semi-Final
Sat 20 - A Oldham Athletic (12pm)
Sat 27 - H LINCOLN CITY
February
Sat 03 Cup Area Final
Fri 09 - A Burton Albion (2pm)
Sat 24 - H MANSFIELD TOWN
March
Sat 03 - A Notts County (11.30am)
Sat 17 - H CHESTERFIELD
Sat 24 Free Week
AprilSat 07 - H DONCASTER ROVERS
Sat 14 - A Hartlepool United
Sat 21 - A Bradford City
Sat 28 - H ROTHERHAM UNITED
May
Sat 05 - A Grimsby Town

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Reserves

Despite relegation, the reserve side is continued and plays in a re-structured Central League North, part of reforms to the structure of the EFL's reserve leagues.

As members of Group A, City play the other 4 Group A teams home and away and play each of the 5 Group B teams just once giving a 13 game league season and play off final for the group winners.

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Tue 31 October (13:00)

PORT VALE

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Tue 07 November (13:00)

MANSFIELD TOWN

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L 0-5

Wed 22 November (14:00)

Walsall

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L 1-7

Tue 28 November (13:00)

Rotherham United

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L 1-3

Tue 12 December (13:00) NOW Tue 13 February (13:00)

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

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Tue 09 January (13:00)

Grimsby Town

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Tue 23 January (13:00)

Mansfield Town

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Tue 06 February (13:00)

Morecambe

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League

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WLD n-n

Tue 20 February (13:00)

ROTHERHAM UNITED

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League

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WLD n-n

Tue 27 February (13:00)

DONCASTER ROVERS

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League

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WLD n-n

Tue 20 March (13:00)

BRADFORD CITY

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League

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WLD n-n

Tue 27 March (15:00)

Hartlepool United

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League

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WLD n-n

Tue 10 April (13:00)

GRIMSBY TOWN

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NB Home games are normally played at Wiggington Road. Away games generally not played at the opponents' home ground. Fixtures subject to change, so check before travelling.

  1. PORT VALE (League, 31/10/17) (H (Bootham Crescent)) L 1-3
    STRIKER Amari Morgan-Smith was on target as York City's reserves opened their Central League North campaign with a 3-1 defeat against Port Vale at Bootham Crescent. Morgan-Smith was one of four players in the side who had also been involved in last weekend's Vanarama National League North game against Tamworth. Defender Daniel Rowe and striker James Gray played to improve their match fitness and David Ferguson was included ahead of his one game suspension. City's starting line-up also included two unnamed trialists, a left back and a right winger (believed to be Tyler Walton) and two members of the youth team, midfielder Aaron Haswell and centreback Josh Rogerson.
    City lined-up in a 4-4-2 formation with Theo Wharton alongside Haswell in the centre of midfield and Jassem Sukar, wearing the captain's armband, alongside Rogerson in the centre of defence. Morgan-Smith and Gray led the attack while goalkeeper Jon Worsnop returned to action for the first time since taking on coaching responsibilities at the club.
    Vale, who have now won their opening four games in Central League North, took the lead midway through the first half when winger Jack Stobbs beat Worsnop with a low shot from the edge of the box. Striker Anton Forrester had missed a hat-trick of opportunities for Vale before the goal - with Worsnop pushing his shot wide, the trialist blocking his header on the line at a corner, and a third effort going over the bar from close range. Morgan-Smith, who had been on the bench against Tamworth, scored City's equaliser in the 34th minute, tapping in from close range after Vale failed to clear attempted shots from both Gray and the trialist winger.
    For the final 10 minutes of the first half, City were in full command but were unable to find the net. The on-trial winger had two shots blocked at the near post.
    City made three substitutions in the 62nd minute with Morgan-Smith, Gray, and Rowe replaced by youngsters Ryan Edmondson, Flynn McNaughton, and Jake Watson. Vale regained the lead with 15 minutes to play as Dan Turner beat Worsnop to a cross from Stobbs and headed the ball home. Turner wrapped things up with his second goal of the game just five minutes later. Again it was a cross from the left by Stobbs but this time Turner found space between defenders in the six yard box to head home.
    Youth team manager Steve Torpey had directed operations from the touchline, accompanied by striker Jon Parkin. Manager Martin Gray and sporting director Dave Penney looked on from the stands. Afterwards, Torpey said: "It was not the result we wanted but, in terms of performance and effort, I thought it was good. We passed it around and kept possession and the attitude from the professionals was spot on. They have all put a shift in and worked hard. I am a little disappointed with their goals but, in general terms, we have played some good stuff against a club from League Two. The youth team lads, Aaron and Josh, played the whole game and did really well and showed great energy. Jake, Ryan, and Flynn came on in the second half and looked lively. Both the trialists have also done well."
    CITY: Worsnop, Rowe (Watson 62), Trialist A, Sukar (C), Rogerson, Wharton, Ferguson, Haswell, Gray (McNaughton 62), Morgan-Smith ( Edmondson 62), Trialist B. Unused substitutes: Simpson, Lawrence.
    PORT VALE: Evitmov, Yates (Beeston 67), Walford, Calveley, Reeves, Dennis, Stobbs, Middleton, Forrester, Turner, Defreitas. Unused substitutes: Blight, Wilson, Johnson, Wakefield.
    Attendance: 85
  2. MANSFIELD (League, 07/11/17) (H (Bootham Crescent)) L 0-5
    With Youth team manager Steve Torpey, who will be looking after the reserve team on a regular basis, away on a Football Association coaching course at St George's Park, Academy manager Mark Spencer and senior goalkeeper Jon Worsnop took charge of the City team. Striker Jon Parkin, who had been scheduled to work alongside Worsnop, was absent due to illness. With Manager Martin Gray and sporting director Dave Penney observing from the stands, a YOUTHFUL York City's reserves line-up suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat to their Mansfield Town counterparts on a wintry afternoon.
    Only three senior players were included in the City side but Mansfield's line-up was packed with first team players in need of competitive action.
    Mansfield started incredibly quickly and were ahead within a minute. Skipper for the day Rhys Bennett played a magnificent cross-field ball with his left foot and found marauding right-back Hayden White. The former Peterborough United man drove into the box before firing past York stopper Simpson and into the bottom corner. The game evened out slightly after the first goal with both sides appearing to be equally matched in intensity and physicality. It was a slightly cagey affair with both teams unable to get any momentum or control of the game in the first quarter of an hour.
    The Stags' next effort came from some nice play down the flank from winger Alfie Potter who teed up striker Omari Sterling-James. He hit a decent strike but straight down the middle of the York City goal, which was dealt with comfortably by York 'keeper Simpson. Stags started to look more meaningful in possession and striker Jimmy Spencer was at the far post to knock down a cross for Alfie Potter who swivelled, made some space for himself, and fired a low effort into the arms of the York 'keeper.
    Encouraging play from the Stags saw another effort from Spencer saved after a Sterling-James knock down on the edge of the box fell nicely for Spencer to drill a low shot across the surface, only for Simpson to save again.
    York's first effort on target came in the 30th minute after midfielder Harry Thompson picked the ball up just inside his own half and released winger Aaron Haswell who beat Rhys Bennett for pace and struck a high effort towards Stags' ex City 'keeper Bobby Olejniks's near post, but Olejnik saved accordingly.
    Stags were starting to dominate and the next opportunity came when Jimmy Spencer won the ball back in the Mansfield half and showed some nice footwork to beat two men, opening up space in the centre of the park to run into. Spencer released the ball onto the right wing for Sterling-James to run onto who played a low squared ball across the York City box, only for it to be cleared by the York defence. Sterling James then saw a solo effort from just inside the York City box whistle past the wrong side of the York City post after taking a slight deflection from York defender Theo Wharton. The resulting corner then saw Potter play a short pass into Spencer on the edge of the box who drilled a shot towards the far post only for the York City defence to block on the line.
    The Stags doubled their lead, after continuous pressure, in the 40th minute. Sterling-James received the ball on the edge of the York City box and held it up well, before he was clipped by a defender. The referee played a good advantage as the ball rolled out to an onrushing White down the left flank. White clipped in an inch-perfect cross onto the lively Spencer's head who finished comfortably with an excellent effort, directed back across goal and beyond the reach of Simpson (0-2).
    The Stags' first notable effort of the second half came when midfielder Will Atkinson picked up the ball on the edge of the York box and weaved past two York defenders. His attempted pass to Potter took a deflection and ran nicely into the path of Sterling-James who was through on goal and dinked over the onrushing 'keeper but saw teenager full back Zak Lawrence head the shot off the line. Stags continued to look lively after the restart and a lovely scooped pass from Butcher beat two York defenders to put Alfie Potter through on goal, but the York 'keeper saw the danger early and came out to smother the attack.
    On 58 minutes, City had a rare opportunity on goal which saw midfielder Tyler Walton hit a fierce effort from 25 yards fizz just wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post. Stags had the majority of second half possession but were falling short of the mark with the final ball at times. City broke away on the counter with Walton picking up the ball in his half and playing in Haswell, only for Bennett to make a superb sliding challenge to deny prevent Haswell from getting a shot away. The resulting corner saw Stags 'keeper Olejnik collect the ball unchallenged and send his side quickly onto the counter. He found midfielder Butcher and the former Millwall man played the ball down the line for Sterling-James, who beat his man and squared it to Spencer on the penalty spot and he made no mistake as he side-footed past a helpless Simpson to make it 3-0 in the 73rd minute.
    Stags made it 4-0 in the 80th minute. Sterling-James attempted to beat the York defender and although he was tackled, the tricky frontman pressed him into a mistake. A back pass which was too short for York 'keeper Simpson was pounced upon by Calum Butcher and he nipped it round Simpson before rolling it into an empty net.
    The Stags made the scoreline even more comprehensive with three minutes left on the clock. Goalkeeper Olejnik bowled the ball out to striker Zayn Hakeem, on as a substitute for midfielder Jack Thomas, and the fleet-footed frontman raced down the right-hand side, beat his man and got a cross in from near the byline. The ball fell to the feet of Alfie Potter at the back post and after his effort was blocked, the ball fell to the feet of Butcher who side-footed it across the floor into the far corner, beating the York defenders on the line.
    CITY: Simpson (C), Kemp, Lawrence (Watson 70), Wharton, Rogerson, Sukar, Haswell, Walton, McNaughton, Thompson, Jackson (Harrison 77); Sub (Not Used): Wilton, Berry, Overton
    MANSFIELD: Olejnik; Hunt, White, Digby, Bennett (C), Thomas (Hakeem 82), Atkinson, Butcher, Porter, Spencer, Sterling-James; Sub (Not Used): Wilson, Wilder, Healey
    Refereee: Gareth Myers
    Attendance: TBC
  3. WALSALL (League, 22/11/17) (A (Ray Hall Lane)) L 1-7
    CANADIAN international and former Premier League striker Simeon Jackson hit a hat-trick as York City reserves crashed to a 7-1 Central League defeat at Walsall. Ex-Norwich forward Jackson was joined on the scoresheet by Will Shorrock (two), Jordon Sangha and Dan Vann, while City youth-team scholar Flynn McNaughton scored his side’s late consolation. The Minstermen included five players with first-team experience – Luke Simpson, Jassem Sukar, Theo Wharton, Tyler Walton and Sam Muggleton. Walsall featured nine in their starting line-up with senior appearances to their name this term for the League One side, including starts for Reece Flanagan, Daniel Agyei and Shaun Donnellan, all of whom made substitute appearances in the 4-2 League One win over Fleetwood Town less than 24 hours prior. The hosts, now operating three tiers above City, coached by former Bootham Crescent boss John Ward, made that gulf in class show. Walsall asserted themselves from the start with Simpson gathering a deflected Maz Kouyhar shot and centre-back Shaun Donnellan heading over from Shorrock’s left-wing cross. Former Rushden & Diamonds, Gillingham and Norwich City marksman Jackson, who has represented his country 49 times, also drove over from 25 yards before the Saddlers forged in front on 14 minutes. A Kouyhar pass picked out Shorrock’s charge into the penalty box and he gave Simpson no chance with his precise 15-yard low shot. Shorrock went on to double the lead just two minutes later with a simple finish after being teed up by Jackson following a poor clearance by Simpson. Moments later, powerful home striker Daniel Agyei curled narrowly wide from 20 yards, but it was 3-0 to the Midlanders before the half-hour mark. Impressive central-midfielder Reece Flanagan released Shorrock down the right. His cross was met by Jackson at the far post and, after his first attempt was blocked by City’s Josh Rogerson, the 30-year-old forward went on to beat Simpson from three yards. Wharton managed the Minstermen’s only goal attempt of the first half when he showed purpose to work his way to the edge of the box, but his low shot was safely gathered by Mark Gillespie.
    The hosts were then swiftly back on the front foot with Flanagan setting up Kouyhar for a curling 20-yard effort that he rattled against the bar. Kouhyar rattled the bar just past the half-hour mark before York keeper Luke Simpson made a string of important saves to keep the deficit down to three goals - twice denying Jackson first from a corner and then one-on-one as the forward was released in on goal by a stunning slide-rule pass from Flanagan. Jackson then released Agyei into the box, left-side, and the on-loan Burnley striker pulled an effort at goal but it ran wide of the far post. Walsall added two more goals within five minutes of the restart. First, Sangha swept home from 12 yards despite Zac Lawrence’s attempt to clear off the line after Donnellan had headed down a Flanagan corner. Then, from another Flanagan flag kick, Vann beat Simpson with a free header. At the other end, Gillespie was forced into his second save of the afternoon when Muggleton’s free kick caught the strong wind. Jackson would claim his hat-trick in the 66th minute, running across the ball and glancing a header from Shorrock’s neat centre into the bottom-left corner. For City, McNaughton shot well wide after cutting in from the left, before Jackson completed his hat-trick on 83 minutes, bursting through the right channel and holding off Sukar before firing across goal into the bottom corner. Young striker Flynn McNaughton did at least manage an emphatic reply two minutes later,he powered his way into the box before unleashing a fierce drive that beat Mark Gillespie and went in - but only after hitting both uprights.
    YORK City youth-team coach Steve Torpey promised to deliver his honest appraisal of a 7-1 reserve defeat at Walsall to Bootham Crescent chief Martin Gray. Torpey took charge of the Central League North away fixture that saw City’s second-string comprehensively beaten by the League One outfit. Youth-team forward Flynn McNaughton – one of three City players to come out of the game with credit according to Torpey – grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Highlighting the sole positives on a one-sided afternoon, Torpey said: “Tyler (Walton) did well and kept going. It was tough for Flynn up there on his own against powerful defenders, but he probably scored the best goal of the game when he took on both centre halves and produced a sublime finish in the top corner. I also felt Josh Rogerson did very well in the second half, so those three youngsters can take positives from the game because they dug in, but that wasn’t really the case for the rest of the team and I’ll be feeding back to the manager giving him an honest appraisal of what happened in the game in terms of attitude, application and all those elements.” Whilst acknowledging that there was a difference in class between the two teams, with Walsall currently operating three divisions above the National League North Minstermen, Torpey was still irritated by the nature of the goals the visitors shipped, pointing out: “Nobody likes to get beaten 7-1 and, while they were very strong with a lot of first teamers, I was still disappointed with the goals we conceded. The first one came from a mistake when we were in possession, the second one from a miskick by Luke (Simpson) and three in the second half were from corners.” City’s opening three reserve matches have now all ended in defeat with a 3-1 reverse to Port Vale, followed by a 5-0 mauling against Mansfield and this latest heavy loss, but Torpey still regards the fixtures as worthwhile exercises as the squad’s fringe players pit their wits against sides that are, for the most part, stronger than those the first team encounter in the country’s sixth tier. “I think our lads are learning all the time in these games against players who are quicker, stronger and faster and also have the right work ethic,” Torpey reasoned. “That’s what they need to try and aim for as young professional footballers. “Walsall’s starting XI from the match would be very strong in the National League and we probably got more out of the game in a funny way than they did in terms of me looking at our players and seeing whether they are strong enough, fit enough and physical enough to make that step up to the next level.
    CITY: Simpson, Thompson, Rogerson, Sukar, Lawrence (Berry, 63), Jackson, Wharton, Walton, Muggleton, Haswell (Kemp, 84), McNaughton; Sub (Not Used): Wilton, Watson
    Goals: McNaughton (86)
    Booked: Joe Kemp
    WALSALL: Gillespie, Tonks, Vann, Donnellan, Devlin (Oliver 75), Shorrock, Flanagan (Hayles-Docherty 63), Sangha (capt), Kouhyar (Peters 75), Agyei (Candlin 81), Jackson; Subs (Not Used): Ganley
    Goals: Shorrock (13, 14), Jackson (26, 47, 66, 83), Vann (50)
    Refereee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
    MATCH 4 ONWARDS
  4. ROTHERHAM (League, 28/11/17) (A (Roundwood)) L 1-3
    York City's reserves were eventually on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline against their Rotherham United counterparts in Central League North at Roundwood. Jerry Yates, 21, was the only Rotherham player with first-team appearances in League One to his name this term, although five others in the home squad have figured in the Checkatrade Trophy. City, meanwhile, boasted seven players with professional experience, including Dawson who, along with his goal, displayed good ball control and skills in possession.
    Alex Whittle (playing in an unfamiliar central-midfield role) soon called goalkeeper Laurence Bilboe into action at his near post after remaining an unused substitute for the first-team at the weekend, although Mason Warren replied by curling an eighteenth-minute expertly taken curling 25 yard free-kick into the top corner. Young striker Flynn McNaughton immediately missed a glorious chance to equalise for the visitors when blazing over after being released by Aaron Haswell's clever pass, while City's latest trialist, ex-Tranmere Rovers winger Adam Dawson, broke inside the area and challenged Bilboe with a teasing lob. Youth-team skipper Josh Rogerson next covered the threat of Jerry Yates, until the same player doubled the home advantage when turning and finding the corner with nine minutes of the opening half remaining. There had looked to be little danger when Yates picked the ball up with his back to goal in the area, but a sharp turn and shot saw him find the bottom corner of Luke Simpson’s goal with his effort crossing the line via a deflection off the post.
    Kuda Muskwe almost made it three shortly after the interval as he rose highest in the box to meet a cross from the right, but failed to generate enough power on his header to beat Simpson, who got down to make a smart save. City pulled a goal back through their trialist (Adam Dawson) direct from a 53rd minute free-kick, his set piece effort from 20 yards out was precisely measured, beating the Millers wall before evading the outstretched arm of Bilboe. Bilboe later denied Aidan Connolly at the second attempt - that in between Ben Wiles twice sending efforts wide at the other end. The Minstermen suddenly went close to an equaliser with twenty minutes remaining as youngster Haswell raced away and struck against an upright, while goalscorer Yates responded by dragging beyond the target. However, Whittle's angled drive was once again kept out by Bilboe, who continued to be threatened as he next turned Connolly's effort from distance onto the crossbar - although the hosts were still to restore their two-goal advantage with just seven minutes remaining. Earlier marksman Warren despatched a free-kick initially saved by Luke Simpson before substitute Joshua Kayode headed the rebound onto a post - with the referee's assistant signalling the ball had subsequently crossed the line.
    City chief Martin Gray was at the game and youth-team manager Steve Torpey, who was in charge for the fixture, said: “We scored a sublime goal and I thought we were excellent. We played with a good tempo and played some good one and two-touch football. The few extra pros helped massively, but the attitude and application was also spot on. That couldn’t be questioned in this game and the players provided the manager with food for thought for this weekend and the future.” Left back Whittle, meanwhile, played in the centre of midfield at Gray’s request with Torpey adding: “The manager decided to play him in there and it was a different type of game for him because he had to play with his back to goal instead of having everything in front of him, but I thought he did well.” Smith has returned from his loan spell at Whitby and was employed at right back, while Theo Wharton played no part, having joined up with the Saint Kitts and Nevis squad on international duty, which will mean he is unavailable for City’s National League North clash at Boston this weekend. Centre-back Jassem Sukar did not feature either, with Torpey pointing out: “I don’t know what the situation is with Sukur. I was just told the team that would be playing.
    CITY: Simpson, Smith, Rogerson, Watson, Muggleton, Trialist, Walton (Thompson, 90), Whittle, Connolly, Haswell (Jackson, 84), McNaughton; Unused subs: Lawrence, Wilton. NB Trialist was Adam Dawson
    Goals: Trialist (53)
    ROTHERHAM: Bilboe, Atherton, Onariase, Trialist (McGinley 46), Hinds, (Murr 46), Maguire (Osborne 67), Warren, Wiles, Trialist (Kayode 75), Yates, Muskwe; Subs (unused): McMahon
    Goals: Warren (18), Yates (36), Kayode (83)
    Refereee: TBC
    Attendance: 45
    MATCH 5 ONWARDS
  5. MANSFIELD (League, 07/11/17) (H (Bootham Crescent) WDL n-n
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    CITY Line Up; Sub (Not Used) Names
    OPPONENTS Line Up; Sub (Not Used) Names
    Refereee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
    MATCH 6 ONWARDS
  6. MANSFIELD (League, 07/11/17) (H (Bootham Crescent) WDL n-n
    Report x
    CITY Line Up; Sub (Not Used) Names
    OPPONENTS Line Up; Sub (Not Used) Names
    Refereee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
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