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By Joe Richardson
SCOTT BARROW scored his first goal in York City colours to help his new employers to a 3-1 victory over Chorley and a winning start to the National League North season.
Paddy McLaughlin opened the scoring in a first half dominated by Chorley, who will rue their missed chances from the opening 45.
But Barrow's strike just a few minutes after the break proved the precursor to a much-improved second half and Michael Woods put the result beyond doubt with just over five minutes remaining.
Lewis Reilly pulled one back for Chorley from the penalty spot after McLaughlin was ruled to have blocked a shot with his hands.
With Boston United, Guiseley and Telford winning by greater margins, York end the evening in fourth, but that is of little concern this early in the season.
Steve Watson made just one change to the side that won 1-0 at Warrington Rylands at the weekend, with Matty Brown - York's most recent signing - coming in for Kieran Kennedy, who dropped to the bench.
The subs bench also took on a similar look. Only Alex Wollerton was not included for Chorley's visit.
Of the players who started in the last meeting between these sides at Bootham Crescent - in January 2019 - only Paddy McLaughlin featured in the October 2020 starting 11. Tuesday's captain, Sean Newton, was an unused substitute that day.
Chorley had almost as many changes from the last meeting, with Jamie Vermiglio fielding three from the Magpies' 4-1 win.
Goalscorers against Gateshead in the Cup on Saturday Harry Cardwell and Lewis Reilly both had starting berths. The two summer signings bring League 2 experience to the side, with Cardwell arriving from Grimsby Town and Reilly making eight appearances at Crewe Alexandra.
Midfielder Sam Walker, who arrived on Tuesday as Chorley's 15th signing ahead of this season, started on the bench.
Chorley were looking to make a quick impression on the game and the towering Brown’s first real involvement was a good one inside the first four minutes to cut out a lofted ball destined for Cardwell.
When a scuffed shot landed at Reilly’s feet in the six-yard box, Pete Jameson did well to shepherd the striker away from goal until defender arrived in numbers to clear.
Good, quick interplay through the middle gave Sean Miller a clear sight of Jameson’s goal but his shot was blocked behind.
McLaughlin put York ahead in the 13th minute. Andy Halls’ poor throw-in went straight to Olly Dyson in the middle of the park and, following a patient nine-pass move – involving McLaughlin – at the edge of York’s defensive third, Jake Cassidy was sent haring down the right wing.
His low cross was not dealt with and McLaughlin gleefully smashed home from five yards.
But after the goal, Chorley seemed to regain control and looked the more driven of the sides. York were chasing shadows to a degree and, 10 minutes after McLaughlin’s opener, Reilly struck the outside of Jameson’s right-hand post having latched onto a defence-splitting lay-off into the area.
There was a brief hiatus in play when Sean Miller went down uncomfortably – eventually going off for Walker – as McLaughlin wriggled away from him near the halfway line and won a corner.
Scott Barrow had an effort deflected for a second corner, from which Robbie Tinkler blazed over. Neither was an easy chance.
Chorley were still enjoying the majority of pressure but had yet to make a tangible impression as the first 45 minutes ticked away.
This was partly thanks to good last-ditch defence – Brown and Tinkler making notable contributions – and partly thanks to poor finishing.
Mike Calveley had a good headed chance, in the clear in the area, but put it wide, while Harvey Smith drilled straight at Jameson from range.
The last actions of the first half came following a rash Michael Duckworth challenge right on the edge of the area. The right-back picked up a caution but will have been pleased to see Chorley unable to make it count, York’s red wall of defence keeping them out until the whistle.
Barrow made it 2-0 four minutes after the restart. Cutting in from the left, he collected the loose ball from a challenge on Michael Woods and he curled right-footed into Matt Urwin’s bottom-left corner.
A Chorley corner just before the hour looked promising for the visitors but Tinkler did well to clear the initial set piece before taking a driven effort to the solar plexus to keep Jameson untroubled.
The introduction of Harry Bunn injected some dynamism into York’s attack and within five minutes of him coming on for Olly Dyson, Duckworth had a shot on the turn parried away and Brown had a header superbly blocked on the line by Reilly.
Chorley attacks were becoming rarer as York gained the upper hand in the midfield battle, though Jameson had to produce a fantastic save in the 79th minute to deny Elliot Newby, palming away at full stretch from his top-left corner.
Woods made the result secure in the 84th minute, slamming home unmarked inside the area after Duckworth cut back the tireless Cassidy's chipped cross.
York: Jameson 7, Duckworth 6, Tinkler 7, Brown 7, Newton 7, Barrow 6, Wright 6, Woods 6, McLaughlin 7, Dyson 5 (Bunn 7, 61), Cassidy 6. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Kennedy, Potts.
Star man: Matty Brown. Constantly issued commands from the back, won headers, and, importantly, hardly put a foot wrong at the back.
What's happened in the National League (North) today?
By Sam Elliott
Most National League clubs were back in action as the National League North and South sides got their seasons underway.
There are a number of teams who have perfect records - and they will be wanting that to continue.
Hartlepool United are loving their start to the new campaign. Ryan Johnson was the hero as Dave Challinor’s team beat to make it six points from six.
Eastleigh had Ben House to thank again - Ben Strevens’ team winning again and they remain top of the fledgling table.
Woking are also 100 per cent - they won 1-0 at Weymouth. Slavi Spasov converted Josh Casey’s free-kick to make it a great trip home.
Sutton United have started superbly and their 2-1 victory at Aldershot Town under-lined their improvement under Matt Gray.
Stockport County and Solihull Moors both slipped up on the opening day.
But things look a look better now, County winning 2-1 at home to FC Halifax, while Moors 1-0 success at home to Wrexham paints a better picture.
King’s Lynn will be nobody’s fools this season, it seems.
They showed incredible spirit to comeback at Maidenhead United and even pinched all the points in a 3-2 win after Aaron Jones’ late, late winner.
Bromley started with an emphatic 4-1 win against Dover as Micheal Cheek was at the double.
Dagenham have had a start of forget as Barnet bounced back from their opening day humbling by winning 2-1 late on in East London.
Wealdstone showed the spirit they will need - they refused to roll over at die at Yeovil, taking a point home to the delight of manager Dean Brennan.
Many fancy both AFC Fylde and York City to challenge this term in the National League South - and they didn’t disappoint.
York best Chorley 3-1 with Michael Woods putting the seal on a great first day for the Minstermen.
Fylde, relegated from the National League North last term, started with a sturdy 1-0 victory over Darlington.
Two sides, though, fired first day warnings.
Boston United eased to victory over at Leamington. Green, Shiels, Garner and Thewlis all found the target.
Guiseley were also delighted - a thumping 4-0 victory over Blyth Spartans is just the start the Lions wanted.
York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Tinkler, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Woods, McLaughlin, Dyson (Bunn 61), Cassidy. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Kennedy, Potts.
Goals: McLaughlin (13), Barrow (49), Woods (84)
Yellow cards: Duckworth
Chorley: Urwin, Smith, Halls, Leather, Baines, Miller (Walker 32), Calveley, Cardwell (Rodwell-Grant 67), Reilly, Newby, Shenton (Birch 76). Subs not used: Dutton, Baxter.
Goals: Reilly (90+4 pen)
Yellow cards: Halls
Bradford (Park Avenue) 1-2 Gateshead
Curzon Ashton 1- 1 Alfreton Town
AFC Fylde 1-0 Darlington
AFC Telford United 3- 0 Brackley Town
Gloucester City 3-1 Kettering Town
Guiseley 4-0 Blyth Spartans
Kidderminster Harriers 1-2 Chester
Leamington 0-4 Boston United
Southport 0-0 Hereford
Spennymoor Town 2-1 Farsley Celtic
York City 3-1 Chorley
York City's latest result leaves the club in 5tht 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)
A pity that the last-ditch penalty denied City the clean sheet which would have meant a near-perfect evening.
Well done to the club for getting the Facebook stream going at short notice, and for my match programme arriving in time. E
ven though I suspect Chorley might be nearer the bottom than the top at the end of the season, it was a good start by City with some good football in the 2nd half in particular.
It's a sobering reminder of my age to see Michael Woods playing for City. Back in the distant day, his grandfather was one of my favourite players.
Please check the club's official website before planning travel.
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)
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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