Issue 370. December 28, 2020.
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York City 1
Guiseley 0

Dominant York City beat Guiseley 1-0

By Joe Richardson

YORK City went some way to making amends for their Boxing Day defeat by earning three points in a totally dominant display at home to Guiseley.

Josh King got the only goal just before the half-hour mark as the Minstermen triumphed 1-0 over their West Yorkshire visitors.

With the caveat that this was far from a brilliant spectacle, and Guiseley hardly at the races - the 90 minutes were almost up before they made any telling advances on the York area - City were excellent across the board in their attitude and pressing. Finishing was a different matter, but it was enough on the day.

The win lifted York back up to fourth in National League North.

After returning from injury at Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day, Michael Duckworth missed out on Monday. Josh King - another who has recently been on the treatment table - was brought into the starting 11.

Harry Bunn and Akil Wright also came into the line-up. Both were used substitutes at the Horsfall, coming on at half-time for Paddy McLaughlin and Olly Dyson. The former remained on the bench for Guiseley while Dyson was restored to the starting 11. Michael Woods dropped among the substitutes.

King started on the right of the back three with Scott Barrow and Robbie Tinkler the wing-backs. Wright acted as the deep-lying midfielder shielding the defence, with Bunn and Dyson playing in behind Jack Redshaw and Jake Cassidy.

For Guiseley, goalscorer in the 2-2 draw against Farsley Celtic, Nathan Newall, dropped to the bench as one of four changes for the Lions.

Former Minsterman Hamza Bencherif came in to captain the visiting side while Brad Nicholson, Mark Howarth and Gabriel Johnson went into the starting 11 after beginning the Farsley draw on the bench.

Striker Kaine Felix, who got the winner in this fixture last season, is in a good vein of form, scoring in three of his last four outings, including against Farsley. The one game he did not score in was the only one away from home.

The pace and pressure from York in the opening exchanges was an antidote to the Boxing Day defeat. The stop-start first 15 minutes saw a few errors from Guiseley and good anticipation from City’s rearguard, with Matty Brown storming out for a couple of clearing headers and Wright playing smartly in his role between the midfield and defence.

A scramble on the Lions’ goalline from a York corner was eventually cleared after King got a head to the cross and a sublime piece of control from Redshaw almost set up Cassidy for an effort but his marker was covering well.

Cassidy did well in the 25th minute to keep play moving as he nodded a forward ball along the front line to Dyson, who beat Gabriel Johnson down the right and crossed into a dangerous area for Cassidy but the striker was pulled up for a push as he swung his foot at the ball.

King got the deserved opening goal for York. Sean Newton whipped a right-sided free kick towards goal and King darted across the defensive line for a deft volley beyond keeper Brad Wade.

With five minutes to go before the break Newton picked up the game’s first caution, sliding in with needless zeal on the halfway line and catching Jonathan Wafula late.

Throughout the first half, Guiseley posed precious little attacking threat, getting the closest to goal through long throws into the area. This was as much a result of Guiseley’s deficiencies as it was King’s no-nonsense clearances, the towering defending of Newton and Brown and good pressure across the pitch from City.

The second half began in much the same way as the first ended. It was the hosts who made the first foray into the opposition area, when King looped a cross over for Cassidy who – despite being under pressure – might have hoped to do better than drift his header over.

By the 57th minute, Guiseley were down to 10 men. Mere minutes after picking up a yellow for thundering into Barrow on the touchline, Isaac Currie was shown red after taking down Wright.

However much Cassidy might have rued his miss, the feeling would be worse for Dyson. Not long after the hour mark, Redshaw did superbly to beat his man down the right and play into the area, where Dyson was waiting unmarked – but could only loft it well over the bar.

Cassiday’s 73rd-minute effort definitely should have been the second. The Guiseley defender misread the ball through, leaving Cassidy one-on-one with Wade. He cut his shot back across the keeper but put it beyond the far post as well.

Redshaw followed this up with a couple of decent efforts from tight angles but Wade came out on top in both.

As Guiseley looked to break late through Brad Nicholson, the left-back stormed up the pitch and got past Wright but the midfielder put a perfect tackle in from behind to dispossess him. The tackle was deemed legal though Nicholson did limp off afterwards.

Pete Jameson had had nothing to do all game but came alive to make a vital intervention in the 89th minute and tip a close-range header over, before York survived a late desperate flurry of Guiseley activity.

York: Jameson 8, Tinkler 7, King 7, Brown 8, Newton 8, Barrow 7, Wright 8, Dyson 7 (McLaughlin 85), Bunn 7 (Woods 87), Cassidy 7, Redshaw 8. Subs not used: Flatters, Kennedy, Guilfoyle.

Star man: Akil Wright. Was absolutely fantastic in protecting the back three, breaking up play and put in a few perfectly-timed challenges.

York City have set standards in Guiseley win, believes Steve Watson

By Joe Richardson  

A BAR has been set for York City's tempo and energy, manager Steve Watson has said following his side's 1-0 win over Guiseley.

Josh King got the only goal of the game to see the Minstermen to a deserved victory, in which they controlled proceedings right the way up until a nervy few minutes at the end.

That was the only time Pete Jameson's goal was threatened and, in truth, it was a very poor Guiseley display, but York's performance still gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

York worked well off the ball, and created some good chances, which they will be disappointed not to have put away.

"I thought they were excellent," Watson said. "The way they started was the way we've set our stall out now. That's what we're capable of.

"They kept the tempo up all through the first half, got the breather at half-time, started quickly again and created goodness knows how many chances.

"The only downside to today, really, the fact that at 1-0 - whether they're down to 10 men or not - against a team that works a lot on set plays, it's ironic that the only save Pete had to make was a few minutes from the end.

"By then, the game should have been dead and buried.

"It doesn't seem like anything's particularly easy at the moment.

"As I said to them in the dressing room, 'You've set your standards there with the speed of play, chances created, a solid clean sheet and excellent defensive decision-making'.

"But it was harder than it should have been near the end.

"Akil Wright - he was just immense today. Akky was probably the only midfielder I hadn't rotated so he was fresh coming into today and he was outstanding, but there were a lot of good performances today.

"There wasn't a bad performance out there. Unfortunately, the way football is, we're talking about a nervous five minutes at the end but really it was total domination and a fantastic performance.

"I think if we perform like that at that tempo with that energy, we'll beat most teams."

Michael Duckworth was left out as a precaution while Harry Bunn went off after being caught on the heel.

Full match replay

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Match replay: York City 1, Guiseley 0. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

Matchday experience

Bootham Crescent - the stadium that refuses to die quietly. Video produced by Tom Poole. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

What's happened in the National League (North) today?

By Sam Elliott

National League North leaders Gloucester City stumbled - ending the year with defeat at Brackley Town.

Shane Bryne hit a late winner as Kevin Wilkin’s team secured a big three points with a 3-2 win, but the Tigers remain seven points ahead.

Chester missed the chance to close the gap - in-form Chorley won 2-1 with Connor Hall’s penalty the decisive moment.

York knew they had to beat Guiseley and they did that with Josh King the match winner.

Rob Ramshaw, pictured, turned on the style for Spennymoor as his double got one over Gateshead as they left the International Stadium with a 3-1 win and three points.

Boston United are getting better each week - Joe Leesley is showing his class and his brace inspired a 4-0 win at Farsley Celtic.

Darlington destroyed Blyth Spartans, it ended 6-0 to take the Quakers out of the bottom two.

Curzon Ashton eased past Bradford PA while it was a 3-3 thriller between Alfreton and Kettering Town.

Team details

York City: Jameson, Tinkler, King, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Dyson (McLaughlin 85'), Bunn (Woods 87'), Cassidy, Redshaw. Subs not used: Flatters, Kennedy, Guilfoyle.

Goal: King (28)

Yellow card: Newton

Guiseley: Wade, Lufudu, Nicholson (Parsons 83'), Currie, Bencherif, Cantrill, Felix, Jones, Wafula, Howarth (Newall 59'), Johnson (Mbeka 72'). Subs not used: Gillam, Okafor.

Yellow card: Currie

Red card: Currie

Attendance: 627

Referee: Richard Holmes

Match stats for York/Guiseley
Shots (on target): 13 (7) / 1 (1)
Corners: 5 / 2
Offsides: 3 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 10
Yellow cards: 1 / 1
Red cards: 0 / 1

Monday's results

AFC Fylde P-P Southport
Alfreton Town 3-3 Kettering Town
Brackley Town 3-2 Gloucester City
Chester 1-2 Chorley
Curzon Ashton 3-0 Bradford Park Avenue
Darlington 6-0 Bylth Spartans
Farsley Celtic 0-4 Boston United
Gateshead 1-3 Spennymoor Town
Kidderminster Harriers P-P AFC Telford United
Leamington 0-0 Hereford
York City 1-0 Guiseley

League table

York City's latest result leaves the club in 4th position on the 22-team Vanarama National League (North) table. Clubs in positions 2-7 at the end of the regular season will qualify for the promotion play-offs while the first-placed club is automatically promoted. The bottom three clubs are automatically relegated. An updated table is available here.

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Malcolm Clarke (Midlands)

Apart from the inevitable 10 minutes “squeaky bum” time at the end, and the failure to take the chances to put the game to bed long before that, I thought that was a good and encouraging performance by City.

It was great to see some fans back in the stadium, albeit I felt a little “jel”.

The stream was fine, particularly after the floodlights were fully on, and it was comforting to hear Robert Havercroft’s familiar tones announcing the teams, subs etc.

Is this team better than last season’s? I’m not sure. It always seemed a bit odd to finish top ( or 2nd on PPG) and then replace the large majority of the squad.

But I saw enough today to encourage me to believe that we can go one better than last season. Then again, I didn’t see the Bradford game!
Dave King (Corby, Northants)


The manager looked shocked as if he’d been hit by a train. He’s acting like a rabbit in the headlights at moment.

No ideas or answers. I hope it’s a hiccup, but other clubs around us are 
finding form.

We don’t need excuses, Steve, we want results.

I getting tired of his rehearsed interviews, with his now 
standard 'we need to do better and owe a big performance.'

Right, Steve! 

So not the next game, all the remaining season. Big time!

I’m also fed up with reading about our ex-players who are suddenly performing for their clubs but we threw them out being rubbish, or players who have not scored for years until guess what,

They get a hat full playing us and become man of the match.

So squeaky bum time over. Steve put out, shut up, or get out.

Give us a chance to get promoted now. Starting today 4-0.
Please. Oh, it’s not negative, ok.

I’m bleeding red and blue.
Brian Howcroft (York)

I totally agree with Gordon Gildener (TOOAB Issue 369), City have been truly awful recently.

Time to pick our best fullbacks (left footers at left back/ right footers at right back and on each post at corners) and deploy Sean Newton just outside the opponent’s box where he can pick up knock backs from Cassidy with instructions to shoot at every opportunity, whilst still dropping back to help our defence at set pieces.

Redshaw and Guillfoyle in the box to pick up second balls and ricochets.

Watch Leeds United videos on player movement (including the Burnley game) where they failed to press quickly enough and as a result were poor and lucky to win.

Come on, Steve Watson, be brave!
Chris Forth (Harrow)

Like Patrick Blundy and Alan Hudson, I noted the anomalies in the nominees for City's best ever team, including players nominated in unusual positions, the proliferation of recent players and the absence of Barry Swallow.  Regardless of his post-playing career, as the only captain to lead City to 2 promotions, he is worthy of a nomination.

Any such debate is always influenced by time, that is something the current issue of new frontiers fanzine touched upon in the "Maradona v Walwyn" page.  

In City's case, the relative merits of non league v Championship, FA Trophy v FA Cup Semi Final should help to arrive at a reasoned judgement.  new frontiers is still available as a free download on

In City's case, during the first lockdown, the York City South web site ran a feature which pitted 16 of City's best ever sides against each other in a knockout cup.  

The votes cast determined the results of each game.  Our 1984 side was the most recent side to reach the final 4.  See
For the current City's Best Ever Bootham Crescent XI, I give you the following, assembled from players who didn't make the official long list, a side I'm sure would give the winners a good game.  

David Stockdale, Ernie Phillips, Alan Stewart, Barry Swallow, Ernie Howe; Graeme Murty, Gordon Brown, Ron Spence, Jon Greening; Ted MacDougall, Phil Boyer.  Sub: Richard Cresswell.

Anyone care to name a greatest XI of opposition to have graced Bootham Crescent?

Happy New Year.

Please check the club's official website before planning travel.
Pre-season friendlies

Sat 5 Newcastle United U-23 1, York City 4 (Trialist, Olly Dyson, Rob Guilfoyle (2))
Tue 8 South Shields 3, York City 0 
Sat 12 Whitby Town 2, York City 0
Sat 19 York City 0, Stockport County 1
Sat 26 Notts County 0, York City 3 (Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton)

2020-21 season

York City joined the FA Cup in the 2nd qualifying round and will join the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Please note: No replays for FA Cup ties in the 2020-21 season.

Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 York City 3, Chorley 1 (McLaughlin, Barrow, Woods)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

Sat 6 Buildbase FA Trophy 5R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy QF (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy SF (winners receive £15,000, losers receive £5,000)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

Fri 2 AFC Fylde (a)
Mon 5 Leamington (h)
Sat 10 Spennymoor Town (a)
Tue 13 Blyth Spartans (h)
Sat 17 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Buildbase FA Trophy Final (Winners receive £60,000, losers receive £30,000)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

Promotion play-off series
Sat 5/Sun 6 NLN play-offs 1R
Sat 12/Sun 13 NLN play-offs semi-final
Sat 19/Sun 20 NLN play-off final
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