Issue 282. October 7, 2020.
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Michael Stockdale (Birmingham)

Fantastic result last night. It is great the team has started well with the signs that they have a tough winning mentality and potential to become a very good team. 

The defence looks committed in every block and covering defence, we have a midfield for the first time in years who were still sprinting at full time and in Cassidy we have a physical striker who is good at holding the ball up as well as the dirty side mixing it against defenders.

The bench also has game changers and we saw that when Bunn came on last night. 

I was delighted to receive my program in the post and well worth the subscription let’s hope we can beat the break even figure required. 

Well done to City on the Facebook stream, I’ve been told today quite a few clubs struggled to stream via YouTube so perhaps not a localised problem.
John Uttley (Howden)

Well done to City for the 3 points against Chorley.

Well done to City for edging Warrington Rylands out of the FA Cup..

Well done to City for putting the sell-on clause into Ben Godfrey's contract and well done to City for providing a Match Programme for every City home game this season.

All positive in my opinion. 

All this, when we have a national pandemic affecting everyone. 

Not so well done to those who choose to slate the club at every single opportunity. Yes, you pay your money (but not in this case) to moan and groan etc, but the amount that slated the club off because of the technical issues that prevented the Chorley game to be streamed via YouTube was embarrassing.

Just read the 175 plus comments on the YCFC Facebook page. 

The club had even offered an apology and promised to try and get it streamed via Facebook (which they successfully did) in order for fans to watch. 

Most of the comments made by so-called fans on the YCFC Facebook page are unwarranted 

The club staff have worked hard throughout the pandemic and like a lot of folk have been furloughed at times. 

To criticise the staff is unnecessary and this is their livelihood. The game was free to watch on Facebook and initially YouTube. The staff will have been working very hard to make certain the streaming went ahead. 

We are all disappointed we cannot attend live City games at present. It's not the end of the world as people's health comes first. 

It was my intention to watch the game like everyone else, but instead, I went to watch some local live football and followed City via Facebook and Twitter once I knew the streaming wouldn't go ahead as planned. 

I just find the criticism towards the club a little unjust. Human error happens. 

And before people think "here he goes again defending the club". Yes, the club doesn't get everything right but do the staff deserve this? 
Ray Taylor (Warrington)

Frustrating time last night. Having discovered that YouTube was not a new toothpaste on the market, I ventured on to the site.  

Impressed myself by bringing up the City website and clicked on for the coverage of the match. Nothing. Fannied about for almost 15 minutes.  Phoned my son who told me he had seen on Twitter that there was a technical problem. Twitter? Surely that is what birds do.  

Then found out this morning that some fans watched it on Facebook! No idea what that is.  

Clearly, the modern world is passing me by.  

Fortnite? Two Weeks. Spotify? Can only assume it is a mild form of measles.  

Then someone suggested they send me a What's Up message or something, and to cap it all I was informed that I had a problem with my Dongle. Don't even go there!

After all that I had to listen to the commentary on Radio York, so the evening ended on a high.

Looking forward to an interesting technical evening when City next play at home!
Chris Crowcroft (Ludlow)

Good to see old favourite McLaughlin on the scoresheet; also Barrow, prominent on Saturday including a 50 yard run on goal plus Woods with his radar functioning this time. F

arsley away next but the two league games following at home, wherever.

Be good at the end of the month to be sitting high.
Graham Burchell (Cyprus)

Two hard-fought victories which is good news but let's hope that the victories become a little easier as the new team "gels".

Come on City!
Keith Gough (Driffield)

Full marks to York City for a wonderful start. 

No marks for the streaming service, I could not get into it. 

I clicked unto the YouTube screen entitled York v Chorley and was surprised when instead of getting the live stream I got “Funlogoon. Net” asking for my card detail but saying they would not make a charge. 

Wanting to watch the match I complied with their request, then I was told that I would be sent an email that I would need to confirm to get the benefits of their website. I never received that e-mail so I could not make that confirmation. 

Yes, I have doubled checked I did give them the correct e-mail. It is on the receipt for £0,0 which is on their website page 

I had to rely on the good old BBC Radio York for the second half. I missed the first trying to get into the live stream. 

I tried two other live streams entitled York v Chorley and got unrelated football videos. 

York City, can you tell me what’s going on here?

Football round-up - FC Halifax Town, Doncaster Rovers and Farsley Celtic lose, but wins for York City, Guiseley and Harrogate Town

By Tom Scargill

A fabulous strike by substitute Adam Thomas sealed a 2-1 Natonal Premier League win for Stockport County, despite a valiant effort from FC Halifax Town.

The Shaymen had gone in front through an own goal by goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe, which was cancelled out by Mark Kitching before half-time.

Both teams created chances in a gruelling tussle, but Stockport won it with Thomas’s wonderful shot with 10 minutes remaining.

Despite the result, Town can take a lot of encouragement from the performance, which was full of the effort and endeavour that was missing on their last appearance at Edgeley Park.

Town took the lead with a bizarre goal when Jack Earing raced to keep the ball in play by the goal-line – which Stockport argued he didn’t – drilled it towards Hinchliffe, and the ball inexplicably ricocheted off his heel and in.

It was no surprise when Kitching latched onto a clever pass by Connor Jennings and equalised, finishing calmly past Sam Johnson near the angle of the six-yard box.

Luke Summerfield came close to his second goal in as many games when his shot cracked off the bar.

The second-half slowed down a little in intensity, with both sides having caught their breath and now finding the other more difficult to penetrate.

But there was no stopping Thomas’s thunderbolt when he cut in off the right and smashed a sensational left-footed strike into the top right corner.

York City kicked off their National League North campaign with a 3-1 win over Chorley at Bootham Crescent.

The hosts went in front after 12 minutes, when Paddy McLaughlin netted.

Scott Barrow doubled the advantage on 49 minutes, before Michael Woods (83) added a third goal.

Lewis Riley scored a stoppage-time penalty for Chorley.

Farsley Celtic suffered a 2-1 defeat at Spennymoor Town, but Guiseley enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Blyth Spartans.

Goals from Jon Stead, Dan Jones and Brendan Kiernan helped Harrogate Town to a 3-1victory over Leicester City Under-21’s in their EFL Trophy Northern Group H match at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster Rovers suffered a 2-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic, after second-half goals from Danny Rowe and Zach Dearnley.

Chris Hughton has been appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest last night after the club sacked Sabri Lamouchi.

'That's the type of football we've brought lads in to play' says Steve Watson of York City's second-half showing against Chorley

By Joe Richardson

STEVE WATSON has said some of York City's second-half play against Chorley is the type of football he had in mind for this rebuilt team.

Fielding a drastically different side from that which opened last season with victory at Altrincham, the Minstermen replicated the scoreline by beating Chorley 3-1 at Bootham Crescent.

The visiting Magpies looked the stronger side in the first half, with City struggling at times without the ball, and a Chorley goal would not have been undeserved. Lewis Reilly - who scored the late penalty to deny Pete Jameson his clean sheet - hit the woodwork following intricate play.

Instead, the sole goal of the first half went to City. Jake Cassidy was set free down the right to cross in low and hard, and Paddy McLaughlin smashed home.

But rather than seizing the momentum to turn the tide, York only saw out the remaining half-hour - but they came out in the second half a changed side. Scott Barrow curled in just after the restart to give the hosts a cushion, and they pretty much dominated from there, barring a few flurries on Jameson's goal.

The skilful Harry Bunn brought flair to the attack, and Michael Woods sealed the three points with five minutes to go, driving in from inside the area after good work again from Cassidy and a lay-off from Michael Duckworth.

"I wasn't disappointed with the first half but I was a bit frustrated that we allowed ourselves to be pegged back," admitted Watson.

"(Chorley) are very good at what they do, they're very effective. I do think they'll be up and around it at the end of the season.

"Unlike the second half, we didn't play at all first half and we looked panicky with the clearances. That's all we said at half-time - if we calm ourselves down on the ball, we'll find we have time to play.

"Second half we saw that in abundance at times.

"That's the type of football we've brought lads in to play.

"We do know that in the winter months, teams like (Chorley) and probably Farsley will be a tough nut to crack and we've got to soak up a certain amount of pressure at times and defend a certain amount of balls into the box, as we did tonight.

"When we get the chances to play and the game calms down a bit, we've got the players to score goals.

"I thought some of the football, certainly the last 20 minutes, was the type of football I've brought these lads in to play."

City start season in winning ways

By Dan Simmonite 

Summer signings Scott Barrow and Michael Woods were on the scoresheet last night in a 3-1 victory over Chorley.

Steve Watson named eight of his summer signings in the starting eleven, all of whom impressed in the first game of the National League North season.

The game kicked-off under the lights at Bootham Crescent and it was City who drew first blood with a low cross in by Jake Cassidy not dealt with by the Chorley defence which allowed Paddy McLaughlin to get in the box and smash the ball home from close range.

After, City grew in confidence and went on the attack with a cross by Barrow acrobatically hit wide by Dyson and a close-range header nodded over the crossbar in a crowded area.

Jameson was called into action just after 20 minutes, gathering a long-range effort before tipping a shot onto the post and out for a corner to keep City in the lead.

Matty Brown then fancied his chances, firing a shot just over the crossbar after receiving a clearance on the edge of the box.

Barrow started the second half in spectacular fashion, dribbling through the Lancashire defence and curling one from his weaker foot into the bottom corner to open his account for York.

Back to back Chorley efforts were blocked by City on 55 minutes just before Harry Bunn came on for his home debut, replacing Olly Dyson.

The game opened up with the pace and creativity of Bunn, notably a cross in from behind then hit by Michael Duckworth on the spin which forced Urwin to get down low to save.

Chorley cleared off the line on 67 minutes following a well-placed header by Brown. Calls for handball were scuppered by the referee.

The Magpies went the other end and forced Jameson into a great save after Elliott Newby wriggled through in the box and hit towards the top corner.

Akil Wright was a bright spark in the later stages, heading a cross into the box just wide and firing a thunderbolt goalbound before a white shirt managed to block.

Wright continued his purple patch in the game, racing down the wing after latching onto a one-two and playing into Cassidy near the front post who crossed to the other side where Duckworth put it on a plate for Michael Woods to slot high into the net.

Bunn nearly added a fourth goal on 87 minutes after latching onto a loose ball in the area, only for Urwin to block his effort on goal.

City missed out on a clean sheet in the dying minutes of the game, a harsh handball allowing Lewis Riley to get one back through his spot kick.

The whistle went immediately after the penalty and City finished with a comfortable three points to put them into fifth place with one game played.

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Tinkler, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Woods, McLaughlin, Dyson (Bunn 61), Cassidy.

Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Kennedy, Potts.

Chorley: Urwin, Smith, Halls, Leather, Baines, Miller (Walker 32), Calveley, Cardwell (Rodwell-Grant 67), Reilly, Newby, Shenton (Birch 76).

Subs not used: Dutton, Baxter.

Attendance: 119 cardboard cutouts

Referee: Dean Watson
Steve Watson's post-match interview. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.
Goalscorer Michael Woods post-match interview. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

Round-up: former York City players and staff who are in the news

Former Minsterman Morgan-Smith issues apology over red card

Kidderminster Harriers’ Amari Morgan-Smith has issued a public apology after his red card against Chester for foul and abusive language.

Harriers have said they have fined the forward, with non-executive director Monica Shafaq commenting: “Our supporters will be well aware of the club’s position and stance on these matters, so can be assured when we say we have, as a board and a management team, quickly assessed the facts of the incident thoroughly.

“We absolutely condemn the use of foul and abusive language at any time and have reminded Amari of his responsibilities, not only as a Kidderminster Harriers player but as a role model for others.

“His actions will not be tolerated, and in line with FA Rules, he will be suspended from playing and fined accordingly, and as a club, we consider the matter closed.”

Morgan-Smith has also issued an apology: “The club is very close to my heart so I am extremely upset that my actions may have caused offence to anyone at the club, or anyone anywhere else.”

* Amari Morgan-Smith played 46 games for York City, scoring eight times, between 2017 and 2018.
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 (a)
Tue 13 Chorley (a) - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (winners receive £5,625 while losing club receives £1,875)
Sat 17 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 24 Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Emirates FA Cup 1R
Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Sat 28 Emirates FA Cup 2R
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 Emirates FA Cup 3R
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 Emirates FA Cup 4R
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)
Wed 10 Emirates FA Cup 5R
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)
Sat 20 Emirates FA Cup QF
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 Emirates FA Cup SF
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 Emirates FA Cup Final
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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