Issue 012. January 11, 2021.
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AFC Fylde game postponed

York City Football Club can confirm that all backroom staff and players will self-isolate after confirmed Covid-19 cases in the squad.

The game against AFC Fylde on Tuesday at Bootham Crescent is postponed with the fixture the following week against Gateshead in doubt.

We are awaiting National League guidance on the isolation period and will update once we have confirmation.

We wish all the players, staff and their families well during this time.

AFC Fylde's players praised for their efforts in keeping clear of coronavirus

By Andy Moore

Nick Chadwick has praised his AFC Fylde players for observing guidelines to keep Mill Farm Covid-free.

Although the Coasters have seen several National League North fixtures postponed this season because their opponents have been forced to self-isolate, Fylde themselves have so far avoided any sort of outbreak.

It’s quite an achievement at a time when the pandemic is ravaging all levels of the game.

Neighbours Blackpool reported more positive tests on Thursday, while Fleetwood Town have been unable to train all week as their players and staff isolate.

Deputy manager Chadwick says his club has taken plenty of precautions but gave most credit to the players.

He told The Gazette: “The players need a lot of praise for the way they have followed the protocols to keep the club Covid-free so far.

“We’ve managed it well and had some good fortune but the discipline of the players around the Covid precautions has been key.

“We put our precautions in place at the very start and we’ve all worked together. The players have stayed out of the building and it seems to have worked, so we hope to continue in the same vein.

“It could be just around the corner for us, though, so we have to keep working at it.”

Fylde will also be working to continue their improved form at AFC Telford United this afternoon on a day two of the three teams above them – leaders Gloucester City and Kidderminster Harriers – face each other.

Last Saturday’s 4-0 win over derby rivals Chorley saw Chadwick’s side put a disappointing December behind them, though Fylde have claimed only two points from their last five away games.
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Tuesday fixtures
AFC Telford United P-P Hereford
Chorley v Leamington
Curzon Ashton P-P Southport
Farsley Celtic v Darlington
York City P-P AFC Fylde

AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United have signed forward Kole Hall and midfielder Simon Lenighan. Hall joins on a one-month loan from Radcliffe Borouygh while Lenighan, who has also been with Radcliffe this season, has agreed on non-contract terms.

Boston United

The Pilgrims have asked Eastleigh if they'll extend their loan of defender Pierce Bird (21). The player is in his second spell at Boston, having been loaned to the club last season by Notts County. Boston manager Craig Elliott says he's hoping to keep Bird in his squad going forward.


Guiseley have signed defender Reece Kendall (21) on a month's loan from Matlock Town while his parent club are unable to play due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to 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) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Sat 9 Boston United (a) - postponed
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) - postponed
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 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
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 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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