Issue 368. December 26, 2020.
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Bradford Park Avenue 4
York City 2

York City sunk at Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day

By Joe Richardson

LONG-AWAITED league goals for Jack Redshaw and youngster Rob Guilfoyle were not enough to prevent York City from sinking to a 4-2 Boxing Day defeat at Bradford Park Avenue.

There were decent patches from the Minstermen but they did not do enough with their possession, nor did they make it hard enough for Bradford to punish them.

And punish York they did. Lewis Knight got the first of his brace inside five minutes and Regan Booty added a second 15 minutes later - both from long balls over the top.

The hosts contained City pretty comfortably, barring a frenetic few minutes around the half-hour mark when Sean Newton and Robbie Tinkler went close.

Redshaw struck a good goal just after the break but Knight was again on hand to bury a simple finish as a near-immediate response.

Guilfoyle's strike was also a neat one - though, sadly for the heralded 18-year-old, did not allow City the last word as Harry Boyes netted a fantastic 25-yard strike inside the final 10 minutes.

York drop to fifth and 12 points off the National League North summit with the defeat.

Michael Duckworth and Scott Barrow returned to the York starting 11 as two of three changes from the FA Trophy defeat a week and a half ago. Paddy McLaughlin was restored to the line-up.

Owen Gamble dropped out after picking up a hamstring injury at Ashton United and midfielder Akil Wright began the day on the bench, as did Harry Spratt.

Harry Bunn returned to the matchday squad after having sat out the Trophy tie with an injury picked up against Spennymoor Town.

Bradford came into the game winless in three in National League North and having exited the FA Trophy at the hands of Chester.

They made four changes from the 3-1 defeat. Substitutes on the night, keeper Dan Atkinson and Nicky Clee came back into the starting line-up, while Adam Nowakowski had been rested for the Trophy.

The Avenue also handed a debut to their new signing from Doncaster Rovers, 22-year-old Will Longbottom. The striker has first-team experience in Leagues One and Two, as well as National League North with Kidderminster Harriers.

Bradford took the lead in the fifth minute through Lewis Knight, the man who got the late consolation at Chester. From Atkinson’s goal kick, Longbottom nodded down and Knight held off the City defence before finishing low and across into Pete Jameson’s bottom right-hand corner.

City responded with a trio of corners, the latter resulting in two neatly worked, though inconsequential, passages of play around the area.

At the other end, York defenders had been caught backing off Bradford’s marauding, often lone, attackers and Brad Dockerty made it into the area before Robbie Tinkler nicked the ball with a perfectly timed challenge.

Knight was making a nuisance of himself as the target of balls over the top and had a chance to double his tally from similar range to his first effort but he scuffed wide.

A curling first-time ball from McLaughlin almost set Jack Redshaw away as the striker got in behind the Avenue defence but Atkinson made a good intervention.

Defender Regan Booty doubled Bradford’s lead in the 20th minute. He latched onto another ball over the top, trundled forward, and a slip in the middle of York’s defence gave him the time to pick his spot low to Jameson’s left.

As the half-hour mark approached, York had offered little in an otherwise decent contest. The visitors’ five corners were testament to their intent and good play in midfield – but that the set pieces yielded so few viable efforts highlighted the hard time they were having breaking Bradford down.

In the five minutes either side of the half-hour, York established some dominance in possession and doubled their shot count from the preceding 25 minutes. Sean Newton flashed a header across goal from a corner and Michael Woods put a very tricky volley over, though Tinkler’s drive from range remained the Minstermen’s sole effort on target.

Seemingly largely content to sit back and frustrate York, Bradford’s punts forward to the isolated Knight were also proving largely effective. He was laid off into the area in acres of space as the clock hit 45 minutes, was able to round Jameson and was only denied by an outstretched foot from a prone Matty Brown. The header from Nicky Clee’s corner went inches wide.

Redshaw carved out York’s first chance of the second half, chesting a ball down for Michael Woods and receiving the return pass. He cut back on himself twice before his left-footed strike was saved with relative ease by Atkinson.

He flashed a header wide not long after – then got York back into it in the 56th minute with a low shot from outside the area. It hit both posts but crossed the line somewhere in between.

City’s relief was short-lived though, as just a minute later, Knight had his second. From a shot that rebounded out off the far post, the in-form striker had an easy finish.

With the wind behind them, Bradford’s punts forward became less effective as the ball carried well beyond its intended target. Goalmouth action was scarcer following the hosts’ third though York remained the better side on the ball. Still, Bradford would not bend.

But second-half substitute Rob Guilfoyle snatched another for City in the 70th minute with a smart shot on the turn from outside the area, leaving Atkinson rooted as it arrowed into the shot-stopper’s bottom-right corner.

Harry Boyes restored Bradford’s two-goal advantage with eight minutes remaining. From 25 yards, it was a clean left-footed strike which swerved inexorably into Jameson’s top-right corner.

York: Jameson 5, Duckworth 5, Brown 5, Newton 5, Barrow 6, Tinkler 6 (Guilfoyle 5, 60), Woods 5, McLaughlin 5 (Wright 5, HT), Dyson 5 (Bunn 5, HT), Cassidy 5, Redshaw 6. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt.

Star man: Jack Redshaw. Showed good work rate in the second half and took his goal well.

York City have been 'too easy to score against' says Steve Watson after 4-2 loss at Bradford Park Avenue

By Joe Richardson

IT has been too easy to score against York City these last two games, Steve Watson has conceded - but the manager insists that his experienced side must keep looking ahead.

A Lewis Knight double with goals from Regan Booty and Harry Boyes combined to sink York 4-2 at Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day, 11 days after letting in three at Ashton United.

Second-half goals at the Horsfall Stadium from Jack Redshaw and Rob Guilfoyle made it, at the time, 2-1 and 3-2 respectively, before Boyes curled in the outstanding finishing blow.

Boyes' long-range stunner aside, though, the manner of the goals conceded was disappointing to Watson, who spent much of his top-tier playing career at right-back.

But there is not much time to ruminate, as York host Guiseley in just two days' time.

Watson said: "The way I try and set teams up and the way I want to be as a manager is to be hard to break down and be hard to beat, as well as having a lot of talented, forward-thinking players.

"But we stand here tonight on the back of seven goals (conceded) in two games. Bitterly disappointing with an experienced group of players, very uncharacteristic. There were a lot of harsh words said in there afterwards.

"At the same time, there are so many games coming up, so many twists and turns in this league, that we've just got to win the next one.

"We didn't deal with the first ball twice - again, really disappointing," he continued. "Probably too deep, allowed the ball to bounce for the second goal.

"In the first half, we had a lot of possession and chances. They scored with two of their chances and had a good chance with a header just before half-time.

"It sounds crazy because we've just been beaten but there was a lot of good stuff and a lot of positives. Jack Redshaw's getting better and better and Rob Guilfoyle had a fantastic finish. We know he's capable of that.

"We did create a hell of a lot of chances but we looked far too open today.

"It's easy for the lads to hold their hands up and say that but it's actions that count. We need to react to that.

"Too easy to score against us in the last two games, quite simply. We've got a lot of experience on that pitch. They know that and they know they need to do better. 

"All we can do is work on it. You can always win the next one and that's got to be the mindset."

Mark Bower glad Bradford never stopped during York City win

By Rowan Newman

MARK Bower had no doubt his Bradford (Park Avenue) side could see out the three points in their end-to-end 4-2 victory over York City.

The visitors halved the deficit on two occasions but goals from Lewis Knight (2), Regan Booty and Harry Boyes ensured Bradford gained Yorkshire bragging rights.

For a team which had seven first team players sidelined, Bower was pleased with the fight they showed to upset the odds.

"I am really proud of the players," he said.

"For a patched up team, we haven’t been able to work on much.

"It was not a tactical masterplan. We just picked a shape to go with the bodies we had and tried to exploit one or two weaknesses in their team.

"The lads have gone out and given us such a shift. A performance and, quality at times, that we can all be very proud of.

"Your gut reaction at 2-1 was not we are going to get beat now, in the past you would have done, but I had confidence in the team that we carried a threat.

"Getting the two goals pretty much straight after they scored gave us that cushion which forced them onto us so we could go pick them off."

Knight, who is now into double figures for the season, was a crucial cog in Avenue's plans to dismantle the league favourites.

"We have scored four goals and we could have had a couple more.

"We wanted to play against the wind first half because that would draw them up the pitch and help us exploit the space in behind.

"The breezy conditions worked an absolute treat to how we wanted to go.

"We knew how we could hurt them and the execution of balls in behind from Nicky Clee and Regan Booty was really good. It gave Lewis the opportunities which he got.

On his star man, Bower added: "Lewis carries a threat.

"He misses chances but because he makes good runs, he gets himself opportunities. You would rather have a striker that misses three chances and scores two than one who doesn’t get in those positions.

"Lewis has got scope to improve his game. He has been a really asset for us. He looked a lot stronger with the ball in the final third which we have been talking to him about."

Steve Watson interview

York City manager Steve Watson interviewed after the loss at Bradford Park Avenue:
York City manager Steve Watson: "You can't get anywhere defending like we did." Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

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

By Sam Elliott

Gloucester City strengthen their grip on the National League North leadership.

Lewis Brunt’s first-half goal secures a big three points at home to Leamington.

Many of the chasers again dropped points on another good day for the pacesetters, who move seven points clear.

Hereford stunned second place Kidderminster Harriers 3-1, while Chorley kept AFC Fylde’s poor recent run going by winning by the same scoreline.

York City were humbled 4-2 at Bradford PA as two-goal Lewis Knight didn’t stay silent at the Horsfall Stadium.

Chester are third now and they came from being to win at AFC Telford - Anthony Dudley completing the turn-round.

Elsewhere, Joe Leesley and Tom Platt gave Boston United a 2-0 win at their new stadium against Alfreton Town.

Team details

Bradford Park Avenue: Atkinson, Ross, Boyes, Booty, L Lyons, Windass, Longbottom, Nowakowski, Dockerty, Knight, Clee (Sanyang, 90'). Subs not used: J Lyons, Fawcett, Hussain, Downing.

Goals: Knight (5, 57), Booty (20), Boyes (82)

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Tinkler (Guilfoyle, 60'), Woods, McLaughlin (Wright, 46'), Dyson (Bunn, 46'), Cassidy, Redshaw. Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt.

Goals: Redshaw (56), Guilfoyle (70)

Yellow cards: Wright

Referee: Tom Kirk

Stats for Bradford Park Avenue/York City
Shots (on target): 11 (5) / 18 (7)
Corners: 3 / 7
Offsides: 0 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 6
Yellow cards: 0 / 1

Boxing Day results

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

Next fixtures - Monday December 28

AFC Fylde v Southport
Alfreton Town v Kettering Town
Brackley Town v Gloucester City
Chester v Chorley
Curzon Ashton v Bradford Park Avenue
Darlington v Bylth Spartans
Farsley Celtic v Boston United
Gateshead v Spennymoor Town
Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford United
Leamington v Hereford
York City v Guiseley

League table

York City's latest result leaves the club in 5th 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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Clive Parker (Glasgow)

Well, the Bradford Park Avenue match was certainly a good one for the neutrals, as they say.

Six goals and plenty of chances. Most of York's shots were either wide or over the top. 

Some of the 6 goals were real crackers.

I watched the live streaming - when it suddenly burst into life after six minutes - with the sound muted, and had BBC Radio York commentary on too. They were well synchronised, unlike York's defence.

Only one yellow card, no off-sides, no VAR, a referee not afraid to tell BPA's manager to "put a sock in it".

York had what seemed like thousands of corners (slight exaggeration).

Looking forward to the game against Guiseley. Come on the Reds.

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 Guiseley (h)

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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