Issue 293. October 17, 2020.
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York City 0
Brackley Town 0

Keeper Jameson secures York City a 0-0 draw with Brackley

By Jacob Kilbride

A BRILLIANT solo display from Peter Jameson earned York City a point in a 0-0 draw at home to Brackley Town.

The York goalkeeper made a series of wonderful stops, particularly in the second-half as Brackley took control of the game, to keep City unbeaten in the Vanarama National League North this season.

The Minstermen will certainly have been the happier of the two sides by the finish having just about seen off the mounting pressure on their goal a Brackley side, it must be said, who have finished in the play-offs in each of the past three seasons.

There were a couple of openings for the hosts, particularly through striker Jake Cassidy who hit the bar and had a one-on-one saved. But York were outplayed for large periods and will be looking for plenty of improvements soon.

York made several changes to the side which were beaten at Chorley in the FA Cup in mid-week as expected following injuries to Matty Brown and Michael Duckworth.

Rather unforeseen though was Akil Wright’s absence, presumingly owing to injury also.

Josh King kept his place in the defence having come on as a substitute at Chorley while Harry Bunn came in for his York start. Robbie Tinkler returned from injury and went straight into starting 11.

York and Brackley were the two sides to have conceded the least amount of goals when last season was suspended, so a tight and cagey start was not entirely unexpected.

18 minutes were played at the point in which Brackley created the game’s first meaningful chance as Matt Lowe dragged wide a left-footed effort having cut inside.

Suddenly though, the visitors found their feet, creating a couple of great chances.

Brackley could easily have found themselves in front when a through ball put James Armson up against Jameson, who he rounded a long way out from his goal, though King was in place to block the shot and City dealt with the follow-up.

At the other end, Paddy McLaughlin was close to reaching Scott Barrow’s low cross at the front post.

But Brackley remained the side looking most likely to break the early deadlock as Ethan Coleman headed straight at Jameson from point-blank range.

York’s forward have yet to get off the mark this season and Jake Cassidy was given a perfect chance to end that run on 29 minutes when Michael Woods headed the ball down to give him a one-against-one. Goalkeeper Danny Lewis stood up well and saved his half-volley, though the chance should really have been buried.

Then yet another injury struck for City, having lost Duckworth, Brown and presumably Wright this week. Only 34 minutes into his first start of the season, King hobbled off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Reon Potts who went straight up front, forcing another defensive reshuffle.

Potts almost made a decisive impact before half-time when he flicked the ball over to the onrushing Woods who could only launch his shot high into the stand from the bouncing pass.

It remained goalless however as the two sides went into the break.

After half-time, things didn't change too much immediately as the Saints continued to look threatening in the air as Lee Ndlovu headed wide a free header from a wide left-flank cross.

Brackley then had an even better chances on 52 minutes when Wes York played through Lowe who returned the pass to the former City forward in a great position in the box.

Jameson rushed off his line and did tremendously to cut off the space and make a fantastic save.

Again Brackley came forward as Lowe this time took fire but it was a far easier stop for Jameson on that occasion. The York shot-stopper was also well placed to catch a Shane Byrne header from a long thrown-in before the hour mark.

By this point, it was one-way traffic upon York's goal as Brackley marksman Ndlovu hit a low shot which Jameson put wide with his feet.

Yet another Brackley chance went begging as Byrne turned in the box and looked certain to find the back of the net, only for a York body in the box to send it out for a corner.

With half an hour remaining, a Brackley opener looked like an inevitability.

On 68 minutes, York finally managed to produce a second-half chance.

Paddy McLaughlin and Olly Dyson exchanged passes before McLaughlin laid off the ball to Woods in a good position inside the area, with his shot going over the bar.

Shortly afterwards, Cassidy again very nearly opened his City account, striking the crossbar from a flicked header from Dyson's perfectly-weighted right-wing cross.

As the game entered its final ten minutes, Brackley continued to push for a winner, this time through substitute Ashley Chambers, a member of York's 2012 'Wembley Twice' team.

The powerful forward kept hold of the ball under some pressure down the left flank before turning inside and bending a shot a few inches wide of goal, though Jameson needed a dive to cover it.

Then, Jameson was required to tip Byrne's accurate shot out for a corner. Byrne floated in the corner to which Jameson met it with a decisive punch, encapsulating his point-saving display.

Hearts were again in mouths as an acrobatic effort from Ndlovu was somehow palmed out by Jameson. Yet again it was agonising viewing when Mitford's shot went straight across the face of goal from a tight angle.

There remained time for Sean Newton to hit a rocket of a shot that was blocked wide but in the end City will have been very relieved to have heard the final whistle having not conceded.

York: Jameson 8, Dyson 6, Kennedy 5, King 6 (Potts 5, 35'), Newton 6, Barrow 6, Tinkler 5, Woods 6, McLaughlin 5, Bunn 5 (Guilfoyle 84'), Cassidy 5. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Gamble.

Star man: Peter Jameson. Numerous saves from the York keeper ensured City a clean sheet.

'We need to be more confident' says York City boss Watson

By Jacob Kilbride

STEVE WATSON has said that his York City side "need to be more confident" after the goalless draw with Brackley Town.

York withstood large amounts of Brackley pressure in the second-half, particularly through goalkeeper Peter Jameson's many saves, to come away from Bootham Crescent with a 0-0 draw.

Having been beat 1-0 at Chorley in mid-week, it's the second consecutive game that City have failed to score in, with their forwards still to get off the mark this season.

Watson believes that confidence in possession is an issue currently for his new-look squad.

"They've been up and around the play-offs in the past three or four seasons, so they're no mugs and they've got a good set of players there," reflected the York manager of the opposition.

"We created one or two clear cut opportunities without hitting the target and the one that we did hit the target with was a fantastic save by there keeper.

"Pete got called into action two or three times as well and he made some great saves. I suppose on the balance of it, you look at the game and think that a draw is a fair result.

"But we're under no illusions that we need to be better, we need to be creating more (and) we need to be more confident.

"It's so early in the season with a new set of lads. But the confidence shouldn't be an issue.

"Confidence to get on the ball and stay on the ball was just lacking a little bit in the second half I thought.

"I don't know (why that is). That's the question that I've just asked (to the players). We're obviously disappointed that we've gone out of the (FA) Cup.

"We're three games into a league campaign unbeaten and of course we want to be putting more points on the board than one point at home.

"There really is no reason for it. It's something that we've going to need to get to the bottom of and all we can do is work hard this week. We see slightly different players on the training pitch and I explained to them that this is where you get judged and this where you earn your money, on a Saturday or on a Tuesday night out on the pitch. We just need a little bit more."

Steve Watson interview

York City manager Steve Watson interviewed after the 0-0 draw with Brackley Town.
York City manager Steve Watson interviewed after the 0-0 draw with Brackley Town. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

Team details

York City: Jameson, Dyson, Kennedy, King (Potts, 35'), Newton, Barrow, Tinkler, Woods, McLaughlin, Bunn (Guilfoyle 84'), Cassidy. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Gamble.

Yellow cards: Cassidy.

Brackley: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Coleman, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, York (Mitford 72'), Armson (Chambers 70'). Subs not used: Flowers, Rolt, Noon.

Weekend results

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

League table

York City's latest result leaves the club in 6th 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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Peter Gildener (Truro, Cornwall)

As my daughter texted me “That’s 90 minutes of my life I will never get back”. So true.

A really dreadful team who are slow, ponderous and don’t even have a Plan A. The club now has to use some of the Godfrey money to sign a top-class coach and probably even an expensive clear out.

As for the streaming, ruined by a quite dreadful, irritating alleged commentator rarely mentionIng what was happening on the field (admittedly not much) exacerbated by the bellowing from the pitchside mike.

No contributions from me until there are changes.

2020/21 kit launched and available to purchase

The club are proud to officially launch the 2020/21 kit which is set to be worn for the first time by Steve Watson’s men in this afternoon’s clash against Brackley Town at Bootham Crescent. 

All kits, which can be ordered on the club’s Online Store, include the iconic City ‘Y’ implemented into the collar, with the home shirt featuring a red-to-navy gradient, navy shorts, and navy socks.  

The away kit has been produced with a nod to the club’s heritage using traditional colours white and maroon, which were used from 1922-1937 and in the 1970s. The alternate kit design features a blue-to-white gradient design with white shorts and white socks. 

The club launched its exciting new range at Grays Court, situated in the heart of the Minster Quarter. The hotel and restaurant, in the shadow of York Minster, is the only privately-owned building in York with direct access to the city walls was recently crowned Visit England’s Best Small Hotel. 

The new kit is available exclusively from the Online Store and at the Club Shop at Bootham Crescent, with adult replica shirts priced at £39.99 and junior shirts priced at £29.99.

Orders for replica kits will be fulfilled throughout next week, and the club will review the club shop opening hours to offer alternative dates for in-store purchases and collections. 

The club is still awaiting delivery of junior home shirts and socks from our supplier – if you have any order-specific queries, please get in touch with the team at the Club Shop. 
New kit launch. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

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
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Sat 12 Spennymoor Town (h)
Sat 19 Buildbase FA Trophy 3R (winners receive £6,000, losers receive £1,750)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue (a)
Mon 28 Guiseley (h)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
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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