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2019/20 Review

Who knew what 2019/20 would bring. ............

The Season - Take 1

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The Season - Take 2

The following is taken from an article in the Yorkpress on dd mmm 2020.

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Record unbeaten start to the season

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The Players

  1. Name xxxxx. Appearances: nn (nn); Goals: nn Rating: nn/10
  2. Name xxxxx. Appearances: nn (nn); Goals: nn Rating: nn/10
  3. Name xxxxx. Appearances: nn (nn); Goals: nn Rating: nn/10

Goals: nnnnn nn, nnnnnnn nn, Newton 6, Kempster 5, Wright 5, York 4, Bencherif 3, McLaughlin 3, Moke 3, Parkin 3, Ferguson 2, Harris 2, Tait 2, Bray 1, Burgess 1, Griffiths 1, Hawkins 1, Heslop 1

Assists: Burrow 12, Langstaff 8, Harris 7, Parkin 5, Ferguson 4, Law 4, Wright 4, Bray 3, Griffiths 3, McLaughlin 3, York 3, Bartlett 2, Burgess 2, Kempster 2, Agnew 1, Allan 1, Bencherif 1, Digie 1, Dyer 1, Hawkins 1, Heslop 1, Moke 1, Newton 1, Tait 1

Cards: Moke one red card, eight yellow; Newton, Wright both eight yellow; Heslop seven yellow; Bencherif, Griffiths both five yellow; Tait one red, two yellow; Davis, Ferguson three yellow; Penn one red, one yellow; Langstaff, Law, York two yellow; Bray one red; Allan, Burgess, Hawkins, Kempster, McAughtrie, McLaughlin one yellow

National League North Attendances 2019/20

TO UPDATE Across non league, the crowds came out in force during the 2018/9 season, but a lot like the title race, Stockport County topped the table with a home average attendance of 4,002, on 2 occasions, topping 6,000. Second were City.

  1. Stockport County 4,002
  2. York City 2,500
  3. Hereford 2,367
  4. FC United of Manchester 1,943
  5. Chester 1,838
  6. Chorley 1,650
  7. Kidderminster Harriers 1,602
  8. Darlington 1,391
  9. AFC Telford United 1,352
  10. Altrincham 1,244
  11. Boston United 1,105
  12. Southport 1,071
  13. Spennymoor Town 859
  14. Blyth Spartans 801
  15. Nuneaton Borough 799
  16. Guiseley 794
  17. Leamington 666
  18. Brackley Town 645
  19. Alfreton Town 534
  20. Bradford (Park Avenue) 525
  21. Curzon Ashton 449
  22. Ashton United 362

In NL South, champions Torquay topped the averages with 2,551. Woking (2,057) were the only other club with a 2,000+ average.

In National League, 6 clubs had a home average of over 2,000.

  1. Leyton Orient 5,444
  2. Wrexham 5,145
  3. Chesterfield 4,504
  4. Hartlepool United 3,124
  5. Salford City 2,509
  6. Maidstone United 2,178

For all the details see Football Web Pages, a wonderful web site.

2019/20 Under 19s

For the 2019/20 season, City competed in the northern section of the newly constituted National League Under-19 Alliance alongside 9 other National League and National League North teams. 12 teams competed in the Southern section. The 22 teams benefitted from the National League Academy Licence programme which seeks to protect teams and young players at Steps 1 and 2 from League sides' advances. It is hoped the scheme will also encourage development of players and coaching staff, as well as being able to offer a certified academy structure that could, in turn, attract a higher calibre of young talents. Steve Watson said: "The scheme is to protect clubs like us at this level, or should be, so we're not building players up for somebody to just come and cherry-pick. That has to be good news for clubs like us."

Being designated for Under 19s, sides can contain "first season professionals", those one season beyond their academy days (Nathan Dyer, Jake Watson, Reiss Harrison and possibly Josh King included) alongside academy players.

The side, one of 546, also competed in the FA Youth Cup, entering at the earliest possible stage. Note, the FA Youth Cup is restricted to Under 18 players (i.e. first season professionals excluded).

Home league fixtures are generally played at City's Wiggington Road training ground (YO32 2RB) on a Wednesday afternoon with an early kick off to finish in daylight. Home FA Youth Cup games are played under the lights at Bootham Crescent.

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Further Reading: National League Under-19 Alliance website.

YCFC Academy / York St John University Strengthen Links

On 17 December 2019, York City announced that York St John University are to become the club's new Academy partner. The partnership should to add to the collaboration between the organisations where SJ provide the use of facilities to the club and their students work with players on periodic fitness tests and performance analysis, sports science and physiotherapy support.

The University's logo will appear on Academy shirts. All university students will have access to discounted match tickets while the university and its sport subsidiary, Yorkshire Academy of Sport, will be involved with both football club and Academy operations.

For York, the link-up signals another stage in the Academy's resurgence which no boasts National League Academy Licence status and has UEFA 'A' or 'B' qualified coaches at all age groups.

York City's head of youth development Dan Wilson said: "There is a huge sense of pride among the Academy lads knowing that they're being supported by such a fantastic organisation. We have an excellent youth setup here and this partnership will only improve the support we can provide to the aspiring young footballers in our ranks. It's fantastic that the club can also support York St John students as they gain experience within a professional environment. It's fantastic that the Club can also support York St John students as they gain experience within a professional environment. Last season, Robbie Hurworth joined us as a sports science and physiotherapy intern and now works for the club as academy physiotherapist four days a week. As well as providing a pathway for young players it's great that this partnership allows us to support people like Robbie who want to progress into a career in the sport."

Rob Hickey, Chief Operating Officer of York St John University said: "We are passionate about sport and its scope as a vehicle for positive social change, so working with York City Football Club is a perfect fit for us. It cements the University's commitment to the economic, educational and cultural life of our city and the region. As a major provider of sporting facilities in the city, we are proud to support the next generation of players."

Yorkshire Academy of Sport coordinator Jamie Salter said: "Establishing formal links with the football club is a sign of the progress we are making as an institution, particularly through the Yorkshire Academy of Sport. We are keen to offer support, expertise and resources to our community partners whilst integrating students in real-world scenarios to help boost their future employability opportunities. The proximity of the University to the football club provides the ideal opportunity for sharing practice and experience and we hope that this is the start of bigger things."

York City Football Club's Commercial Manager, Chris Pegg, said: "Having a close relationship with a high-quality university is a magic combination, both our institutions play a major role within the city. York St John University is essential in driving aspects of the economy and community, alongside the partnership we're proud to actively encourage increases in participation rates in higher education."

Date

Opponents

Competition

Venue

Result

Wed 04 September

PONTEFRACT COLLERIES

FAYC - QR1

H

W 3-1

Wed 11 September

CHESTER

NLAU19 (N)

H

L 1-2

Wed 18 September

AFC Silsden

FAYC - QR1

A

W 5-0

Wed 25 September

Alfreton

NLAU19 (N)

A

W 6-1

Wed 2 October

GUISELEY

FAYC - QR2

H

L 2-3

Wed 23 October

AFC FYLDE

NLAU19 (N)

H

W 2-0

Wed 30 October

Boston

NLAU19 (N)

A

W 3-1

Wed 6 November

Mansfield

NLAU19-LC2

A

W 6-1

Thur 14 November

CHESTERFIELD

National Cup R1

H

W 1-1 (P 3-2)

Wed 4 December

Carlisle PV

NLAU19-LC3

H

W 2-2 (P 4-2)

Fri 6 December

SOLIHULL MOORS

NLAU19 (N)

H

W 4-0

Wed 8 January

FC HALIFAX

NLAU19 (N)

H

W 5-2

Wed 15 January

FC Halifax

NLAU19-LC4

A

P - Waterlogged Pitch

Wed 22 January

ALFRETON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 29 January

AFC Fylde

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 5 February

BOSTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 12 February

Hartlepool

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 19 Feb (NB new date)

HARTLEPOOL

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 26 February

DARLINGTON

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Wed 4 March (Was 27/Nov and 18/12)

GUISELEY

NLAU19 (N)

H

WDL n-n

Fri 6 March (Was 11/Dec)

FC Halifax

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 11 March

Solihull Moors

NLAU19 (N)

A

WDL n-n

Wed 1 Apr (Was 20 Nov)

Darlington

NLAU19 (N)

A

P - Waterlogged Pitch

Wed 15 January (TBC)

Chester

NLAU19 (N)

A

P - Cup Clash

  1. PONTEFRACT COLLERIES (H) (04/Sep/19) (FA Youth Cup, Preliminary Round) W 3-0
    The Young Minstermen had a comfortable win in the FA Youth Cup at Bootham Crescent and progressed to the next round where they will play Silsden AFC away from home.
    Charlie Jebson-King noted, "Very good performance by the boys, happy to get a goal and 2 assists".
    City: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  2. CHESTER (H) (11/Sep/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) L 1-2
    City's youth team kicked off their National League Football Academy season with a 2-1 defeat to Chester.
    The visitors opened the scoring at Wigginton Road through Tom Ruffer before Nathan Dyer equalised with a half-volley into the bottom corner 53 minutes. Steve Watson watched on as the young right-back connected with an Alfie Evans cross from the byline to fire home into the bottom corner on the half-volley. Despite an improved second-half showing, City were left to rue their missed chances as Chester capitalised on City's defensive mishaps. Regan Rubin capitalised on a defensive mix-up to give Chester the points.
    Charlie Jebson-King - who made a handful of appearances in pre-season - was among those on the cusp of the senior team making an appearance, alongside Kiari Ventura and Reiss Harrison. They joined right-back and regular first-team substitute Dyer in the starting 11.
    Youth Team manager Tim Ryan said: "It was a good game, we knew it was going to be tough, we played them last season in the National Cup and we managed to beat them 2-1 that time but they've got the better of us today. There are loads of positives to take, some good performances from individuals but at the same time, half the team can come out of credit. Both of their goals were errors in my opinion, and this means we're left having to work our socks off to get back into the game and scrape a goal out of nothing. The balls that are being put in by Charlie (Jebson-King) and Nathan are of real quality, but nobody is getting on the end of them. At the opposite end, balls are bouncing on the six-yard line in our box and the opposition are poking in goals against us."
    Ryan was keen to commend the assured performances of Dyer and Jebson-King, both of whom proved a constant threat to the Chester backline despite the result. He said: "Nathan is chomping at the bit to get in to the first team and he's a great lad. When he steps back down to youth level, his attitude, drive and endeavor to do well for this team is brilliant and he's a pleasure to have here. In terms of getting on the scoresheet too, he's done very well. Charlie is one of those lads who is maturing week in, week out, he's training with the first-team and I know that the manager holds him in high regard. He's a local boy, who we'd love to see on that pitch at Bootham Crescent in a first-team shirt. He knows he's still got work to do to get to where David Ferguson is for example, but his attitude and his application to do that is definitely there. The fact that young players are able to be amongst the first-team is fantastic for the whole youth set up within York City. To have Steve and Micky who really engage with us is brilliant for the players and when they see youngsters within the senior environment, they should be striving for that, to make it possible for themselves to do the same."
    City: Teale, Cawthorn, Jebson-King, Whitfield, Watson, Drury, Dyer, Evans, Ventura, Harrison, Jones; Subs: de Gruchy, Binsley W.Jackson, Jordan, Wright
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  3. AFC SILSDEN (A) (18/Sep/19) (FA Youth Cup - Qualifying Round 1) W 5-0
    Goals from Will Jackson (2), Brandon Finn, Blake Drury and Jack Cawthorne saw City progress.
    City: Teale, Wright, Whitfield, Cawthorn (Jordan), Drury, Jebson-King (c), Harrison (de Gruchy), Evans, Jackson (Jones), Finn, Ventura; Unused Subs: De Gruchy, Jordan, Binsley, Jones, Chamberlain.
    Opponents: Fairlie, Waite, J. Lawrence, G. Lawrence, Parsons, Forsdyke, Cunningham, Gregory, Milner, Hardisty-Blackwell (c), Procter; Subs: Gledhill, Starkie, Bridge, Tetteroo-Smith
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: 137
  4. ALFRETON (A) (25/Sep/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 6-1
    Goals from Reiss Harrison (2), Luke Jones (2), Blake Drury and Charlie Jebson-King saw City run out worthy 6-1 winners at Alfreton.
    City: Teale, Binsley, Jackson (W), Whitfield, Watson, Drury, Harrison, Jebson-King, Finn, Evans, Jones. Subs: Cawthorn, De Gruchy, Dixon, Jordan, Kemp
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  5. GUISELEY (A) (02/Oct/19) (FA Youth Cup - Qualifying Round 2) L 2-3
    City hosted Guiseley, the team who pipped theem to last season's league title in the FA Youth Cup.
    Guiseley took an 18th minute lead when Nathan Newell's free kick took a huge deflection off Guiseley's Robbie Fox and looped over keeper Jake Teale and into the net. Guiseley dominated the majority of the first half after going one up. Jake Teale kept out Robbie Fox with a smart save and then Carlos Nunes had his goal bound shot blocked. Just before half time, City should have equalised when Guiseley's keeper Hagie Demba kicked the ball straight to Luke Jones but with an open net to aim at 20 yards out, he put it wide.
    Straight after the restart, Guiseley's Adam Haw struck the bar from just outside the area. After 62 minutes, City equalised when Luke Jones capitalised on a mistake at the back from Guiseley to level the scores. It was short lived as Nathan Newell, at the back post, headed home from close range after 71 minutes. In a frenetic finish, Charlie Jebson-King, once from 40 yards, twice went close for City before City were caught on the break and conceded a third on 90 minutes to Daniel Watson. Straight from the kick off, Reiss Harrison pulled a goal back. A final City free kick was of no avail as City bowed out 2-3.
    Youth Team Manager, Tim Ryan said, "We were always in the game, but I thought they came here and did a job on us. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game. We've improved dramatically over the last two or three months and I hoped our players could get on top of their players, unfortunately that didn't happen. I'm disappointed for the lads, it was a great chance for them to progress a bit further in the Youth Cup and get into the stages where the club is striving to get. I'm gutted we're out and the lads are gutted as well. It's time to now concentrate on the league and get as high as we can but we also want to progress players. The manager (Steve Watson) was there tonight and that was brilliant for us. We want to push as many players as we can towards the first team."
    City: Teale, Binsley (Wright 46), Jebson-King, Whitfield, Cawthorn, Drury, Harrison, Evans (De Gruchy 48), Finn, Jackson, Jones; Subs: Jordan, Kemp, Dixon, Martin.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: 103
  6. AFC FYLDE (H) (23/Oct/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 2-0
    York City Academy are level on points with the league leaders after sealing a 2-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wigginton Road. Goals from Brandon Finn and Reiss Harrison proved to be the difference for York as they took three points in the National League Academy North D.
    City are now one of four sides that sit on six points alongside Guiseley, Fylde and Chester. York are second with a goal difference of +6, bettered only by Guiseley on +10.
    Charlie Jebson-King, who appeared for York's first-team earlier in the season in the FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Irlam, captained the team. Fellow first-team squad members Reiss Harrison and Jake Watson also started for the Minstermen.
    After just seven minutes, York took the lead as Reiss Harrison headed home from close range after a failed clearance by the Fylde goalkeeper.
    With 18 minutes left, City doubled their lead after a Jebson-King corner dropped to the feet of Brandon Finn who struck a low shot into the bottom corner.
    First year striker, Luke Jones had a goal ruled out for offside (22 minutes) and thrice failed with one on ones (18 (flagged offside), 64 (saved) and 76 (saved) minutes).
    Youth team manager Tim Ryan said after the game, "That was the best performance of the season from the lads. We mixed the side up slightly today and I was really pleased with the whole squad. The two strikers today missed a few chances but it would be more of a problem if they weren't getting into those areas. I'll keep encouraging them to get into those goal scoring positions and eventually they'll both get a flood of goals. Fylde have scored a lot of goals in their last few fixtures. To keep them out is brilliant. The back three as well as the keeper were really dominant and really enthusiastic to defend". Rarely was keeper Jake Teale troubled, although he pulled off a smart save near the end of the game to keep his clean sheet intact.
    City: Teale, Wright, Jebson-King (c), Whitfield, Watson, Drury, Harrison, De Gruchy (Evans, 65), Finn, Jackson (Jordan, 79) , Jones. Unused Subs: Cawthorn, Dixon, Binsley.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (Lanccister, Stanley, Yakov, Shorrock, Ahon, Sutton, Lych, Wright, Hollywood, Brown, Grindrod. Subs: Mcarphy, Poole, Wood.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  7. BOSTON (A) (30/Oct/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 3-1
    City's Under 19 side beat Boston 3-1 to complete a 24 hour York double over Boston.
    Luke Jones gave City an interval lead. Afer Boston equalised, goals from Will Jackson and Brandon Finn gave City a 3-1 win.
    City: Team Line Up Teale, Wright, Whitfield, Cawthorn, Drury, Jebson-King, Harrison, De Gruchy, Jackson, Finn, Jones. Subs: Binsley, Evans; Unused Subs: Martin, Chamberlain
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
  8. MANSFIELD (A) (06/Nov/19) (National League Youth Alliance League Cup - Round 2) W 6-1 Venue: Brooksby Melton College
    Witha bye in Round 1, Charlie Jebson-King scored twice to help York City Academy overcome their Mansfield Town counterparts 6-1 and progress to Round 3.
    Brandon Finn, Luke Jones, Will Jackson and Jake Watson were also on target.
    City: Teale, Wright, Dixon Whitfield, Watson, Drury, Harrison, De Gruchy, Finn, Evans, Jones. Subs: Jebson-King, Jackson (W), Binsley, Jordan, Kemp (first2 named subs played, unsure if a third played).
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
  9. CHESTERFIELD (H) (14/Nov/19) (National Cup R1) W 0-0 (3-2 (penalties))
    Jake Teale was the star for City against Chesterfield, saving three out of five penalties, as City won the penalty shoot out 3-2 after a 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent. City were largely on top.
    City enjoyed the best of the opening stages and on 17 minutes, Luke Jones capitalised on a mistake at the back and tried to place his shot into the corner, only for it to come back into play off the post. City continued to get the better of the first half with Harrison, Jackson, Finn and Jones all prominent.
    Chesterfield started the second half strongly and had a couple of chances before Finn had a glorious chance for City as he rounded the keeper only for his attempt to go into the side netting after 54 minutes. City continued to dominate although it took a brilliant save from Teale diving away to his left keeps the scores level with ten minutes remaining. With three minutes to go, Will Jackson picked up the ball on the edge of the box, beat one player and calmly placed a left footed shot into the corner of the net! Within 2 minutes, Chesterfield were level when a Callum Brook header looped over Teale. Chesterfield pressed for a late winner and it took a great goal line block from City to keep the scores level after 90 minutes and to take the game straight to a penalty shoot out.
    A great Teale save from Fuertado gave City an immediate advantage only for Jackson to miss City's first penalty. Chesterfield then scored only for Luke Jones equalise before Teale saved again by diving to his right and getting two hands to it. Again, City couldn't take advantage as De Gruchy put his penalty over the bar. After another save from Teale, this time down low, Harrison gave City a 2-1 lead. Chesterfield scored their final penalty before Archie Whitfield coolly stepped up and placed the ball into his bottom left hand corner as the keeper went the other way to give City a well deserved 3-2 penalty shoot out win.
    Youth team manager Tim Ryan said, "We had six injuries going to the game and the eleven who played the full 90 minutes were absolutely outstanding. We knew they'd come and be a good team, which they were. We more than matched them for effort and enthusiasm. The lads who came into play midfield were exceptional and having Will (Jackson) out on the wing gave us a great outlet and at times he showed real good quality high up the pitch. We usually only practise penalties at the end as a light cool down session. Some of the saves from Jake Teale were absolutely outstanding. The lads will enjoy this win because it is a good scalp for us. We've got six injuries so at this moment in time we are a light squad. We'll have a cool down session tomorrow and then start looking ahead to our next game against Hartlepool".
    Described as a cup game, it wasn't the same cup as City had beaten Chesterfield a week earlier.
    City: Teale, Wright, Jackson, Whitfield, Watson, Drury, Harrison, De Gruchy, Finn, Jordan, Jones. Unused Subs: Binsley, Kemp, Martin
    Opponents: Wharton, Brook, Gibson, Geeves, Render, Sharman, Tansley, Fuertado, Hutchinson, Turner, Smith. Subs: Wild, Hargreaves, Clogg, Garwood
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
  10. CARLISLE PV (H) (04/Dec/19) (National League Youth Alliance League Cup - Round 3) W 2-2 (4-2 penalties)
    A 4-2 penalty shoot out win saw City progress into Round 4 (last 16).

    City had the better of the early exchanges. The referee waved play on when Charlie Jebson-King went down on the edge of the box and a Jack Wright effort went just went wide. On 10 minutes, after a great ball in from the left from Charlie Jebson-King won City a corner. The corner went in, the keeper missed it and Jack Wright headed home into the empty net. 2 minutes later, Charlie Jebson-King went down and after lengthy treatment was unable to continue, being replaced by Jack De Gruchy. City continued to press with shots from Reiss Harrrison and Kiari Ventura, in between Ventura picked up a yellow card and the referee told Carlisle's number 11 to remove his earring. On 31 minutes, Carlisle equalised against the run of play when Malone put the ball into an empty net after Teale parried a shot. Carlisle continued to press towards half time.
    After 48 minutes, Giles fired the visitors into the lead. City pressed with a Jack De Gruchy header and Luke Jones shot, neither really troubled the keeper before a great block prevented City going further behind. On 68 minutes, a good Oli Jordan shot was well saved and was quickly followed by a City equaliser when Luke Jones headed home a free kick. A spate of bookings followed with City's Cawthorn and Harrison going into the book alongside Carlisle's number 15 (McKeown). As both teams pressed for a winner in 90 minutes, before the game went to penalties, Jake Teale made a couple of saves, first with his feet and then a great save in injury time whilst for City debutant Jonnny Shepard (details of who he replaced tbc) headed straight at the Carlisle keeper's hands and a Will Jackson cross went over everyone's heads.
    At 90 minutes, the game went straight to penalites. Luke Jones smashed home the first penalty to give City the lead. Carlisle's number 11 made it 1-1 before Jack Cawthorn restored City's lead. Jake Teale saved the next penalty with a brilliant save down low! Shepard's penalty is saved, but once again Teale made a great low save. With 2 penalties left per side, Reiss Harrison made it 3-1, Carlise made it 3-2 before Archie Whitfield confidently scored the decisive penalty,sending the keeper the wrong way.
    Once again, keeper City keeper Jake Teale was outstanding in the shootout.
    Tim Ryan, City's youth team manager said, "I'm absolutely delighted. Jake Teale yet again was superb, he saved another two penalties today and the lads were all over him, but it's a whole team performance that get all the accolades. It was a brilliant performance and I'm well chuffed for everybody. With the way that Charlie (Jebson-King) has been playing then anyone would miss him. We had to rejig a bit and get a substitute on. I thought Will (Jackson) coped OK and filled that void when Charlie came off. We have spoke to one or two people who have played Carlisle this season and a lot of their lads have had a dip into men's football. That was the most pleasing thing for me today, that all the lads stood up to the physical challenge and battled man to man, and stood up to them who were a massively physical opponent. Jake Wright is getting better every week. Each day he comes in with a smile on his face and he's willing to listen and improve. If he keeps putting in performances like that he's got a hell of a chance in the future. I didn't see much of their second goal, I'd only just got back out there. We didn't clear our lines in our final third. It was a different start to how we had finished the first half. From then on in we are chasing the game. The last 40 minutes we had good fitness levels, we had more chances and showed more endeavour to win. We had them rocking on the back foot. It became end to end, cup football as they say. None of us could break the deadlock but as soon as it went to penalties I said to Dan (Wilson) I'm confident here with Jake in net. We are going to need everybody included in our squad now. There were still five lads injured today. There's also one or two who are itching for game time. We’ve got Solihull here in a couple of days so we'll assess where we are with injuries. There's a days rest now so we'll regroup and go again on Friday".
    YCFC Academy twitter account referred to opponents as "Carlisle PV", a Carlisle United partnership with Durham based Park View Academy of Sport.
    Subs and cards tbc.
    City: Teale, Wright, Jebson-King (De Gruchy (15)), Whitfield (c), Cawthorn, Drury, Harrison, Jordan, Ventura, Jackson (W), Jones. Subs: Binsley, De Gruchy, Finn, Shepard (came on, for who tbc), Martin (confirmation that at least 2 subs played, unsure if third played).
    Opponents: Anderson, McHarg, Hutchinson, Walker, Fawcett, Milburn, Malone, Hakmoalii, Giles, Ward (McKeown (45), Ramsey. Subs: Paul, Brown, Dippenaar.
    Bookings: Ventura, Drury, Cawthorn, Harrison TBC; Carlisle: Ramsey, 15 (McKeown?).
    Sent Off: None
    Referee: TBC
  11. SOLIHULL MOORS (H) (06/Dec/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 4-0
    City's Under 19 side beat Solihull Moors by 4-0 in a game delayed 48 hours due to the team's cup exploits.
    Luke Jones (2) and Jack Cawthorne gave City a 3-0 lead at the break. Brandon Finn added a fourth.
    City's Jack Wright (2 yellow cards) and Moors' Michael Hickey were sent off.
    City: Teale, Wright, Whitfield, Cawthorn, Drury, Jordan, Harrison, De Gruchy, Jackson, Ventura, Jones. Used Subs (for who tbc): Binsley, Finn, Shepherd; Unused Subs: Chamberlain, Kemp
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
  12. FC HALIFAX (H) (08/Jan/20) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 5-2
    York City Academy maintained their challenge at the top of National League Under-19 Alliance with a 5-2 win over Halifax Town.
    City gave a debut to Lucas Martin in goal and a first appearance of the season to Ethan Henderson, last season's top scorer. Brandon Finn scored a brace, and there were goals for Kiari Ventura, Reiss Harrison and Ethan Henderson as well as York raced into a 5 goal lead.
    Ventura burst clear down the left to net the opener after just 7 minutes with a clinical finish from 10 yards. Finn bagged his first 6 minutes later from the penalty spot, firing low into the corner of the net, after he was brought down. Finn netted the third in the 20th minute after the keeper dithered. Harrison got the young Minstermen's fourth in first half stoppage time after he surged forward and drove his shot into the top left via a deflection.
    It took Henderson just a minute after the restart to make it 5-0 to City with a thumping header from a terrific Jebson-King free-kick. Towards the end, the visitors pressed forward more. Jean-Jacques Kirongozi's deflected effort looped in in the 72nd minute to deny York a clean sheet. Patrick Grooms added an excellent second for the visitors in the 92nd minute, slaloming his way past a number of City defenders to score a brilliant solo goal.
    It was a good 5-2 win for City with the sides meeting again next week in the National League U19 Alliance League Cup (Round 4). The result lifts York second in the table, four points behind leaders Fylde with two games in hand.
    Youth team manager Ryan was pleased with how his side started the game. "I thought the lads started really, really well after a little bit of a break over the Christmas period and came back chomping at the bit. (I was) really baffled a bit to be honest how our performance went, although we did go on to get another couple of goals. We were second best in big departments and big areas of the pitch against a side with a lot of younger lads in it. Once you're 3-0 up after ten, 15 minutes its hard to maintain standards and that's the hard thing they've got to learn. We did make a lot of changes but that's part of getting people game time and filtering people in and resting people for next week. It disjoints the team a little bit but people went into positions they know so it was a frustrating second half. We've got games in hand to close the points gap. We've only lost one and the teams at the top have only lost one. When we play them time will tell - the points on the board at the end of the season don't lie".
    City: Martin, Wright, Jebson-King, Whitfield (c), Watson (Cawthorn, 54), Drury (Binsley, 75), Harrison (Kemp, 46), Jackson (Jordan, 46), Finn, De Gruchy, Ventura (Henderson, 46). Unused Subs: Twitter feed noted 5 used..
    Opponents: Halifax Town Starting XI: Taylor, Crossley, Ciccarelli, Aliyu, Crane, Grooms, Da Costa (Kirongozi, 42), Harrison, Rowson, Submani, Di Santis; Used Subs: Butcher (for who tbc); Unused Subs: Owen, Caan.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  13. FC HALIFAX (A) (15/Jan/20) (National League Youth Alliance League Cup - Round 4 (Last 16)) WDL n-n
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    City: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  14. XXXXX (A) (27/Nov/19) (National League Youth Alliance League (North) WDL n-n
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    City: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: TBC
    Sent Off: TBC
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC

2019/20 North Riding Senior Cup

  1. PICKERING TOWN (H) (19/Nov/19) (NRSC - Round 1) W 5-0
    A City featuring squad players (all professionals with first team experience) beat Pickering Town 5-0 playing a changed 3-4-3 formation. Although not at their best, with 2 tiers' between the teams, City dominated and Pickering did not have a meaningful effort on goal until the 90th minute.
    City lead 2-0 at half time through a smart Macaulay Langstaff finish and a long-range strike by Nathan Dyer. Langstaff, Maguire and Harrison added goals after the break.
    Early chances went begging when Macaulay Langstaff flashed a dangerous early ball across goal after good link-up play with Dan Maguire while the pacey Dyer got on the end of a cross field Green ball to play into the area. Moke had a non threatening effort from distance saved by Foulkes whilst City had a goal from a corner disallowed for offside. Durrell and McLaughlin each exhibited some neat passing in the opening quarter of the game, but York were also guilty of some frustratingly sloppy play, both Moke and Jebson-King giving the ball away unnecessarily.
    When the opening goal did come, it was a nicely worked one. Maguire capitalised on Turnbull's mistake at the back and nipped onto the ball and passed wide to the overlapping McLaughlin, who cut it back for Langstaff. His one-touch side-footed finish into the bottom corner left Foulkes standing. Dyer doubled York's advantage in the 36th minute with a superb strike to Foulkes' bottom-left corner. McLaughlin rolled the ball into his path 25 yards out and the right-back struck it sweetly first time with his right. Green came close to adding a third before the break, punting a side footed free kick from just outside the area over the wall and towards the bottom left corner, but Foulkes got across and down smartly.
    Five minutes into the second half, it was three. Maguire received a ball through a populated penalty area and fired across to the back post where Langstaff was waiting to force it home. The goal aside, Pickering had started the second half with good intent, half time substitute Jackson Jowett threatening to bundle through York's defence before firing off target, while Holmes drove an effort from distance straight into Whitley's gloves. Maguire made it four on the hour. Durrell skipped through the Pikes' midfield and laid off to McLaughlin, whose effort was palmed into the path of Maguire and he calmly dinked into the roof of the net. With some distance between them and their struggling visitors, City could afford to play with a bit more freedom. Durrell looked very sharp in close control and Langstaff had the Pickering defence well beaten for pace. It was therefore no great surprise that City's fifth came from a Harrison backheel after the ball was played back into a crowded area from a corner.
    The final 20 minutes were a comfortable procession. When called on in the 90th minute, Whitley made a good save down to his left.
    Star man: Macaulay Langstaff. Was busy throughout as he made a case for inclusion in York's next league outing, and was duly rewarded with two goals.
    City: Whitley, Dyer, King, Spratt, Jebson-King, McLaughlin (Whitfield), Green (c), Moke (Jackson), Durrell, Langstaff, Maguire (Harrison). Unused Subs: Teale, Drury.
    Pickering Town: Foulkes, Thompson, Taylor, Best, Turnbull, Tilsley (c), Heeley, Davison (Jowett), Cable (Simpson), Holmes, McNaughton (Nichols-Holness). Unused Subs: Cooper, Knox.
    Bookings: TBC
    Referee: Matthew East
    Attendance: 256
  2. OPPONENTS (A) (dd/mmm/19) (NRSC - Round n) WDL n-n
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    City: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Opponents: Team Line Up (11 names, plus used subs). Unused Subs: Names.
    Bookings: Moore (Handsworth)
    Referee: Paul Matthewman
    Attendance: TBC
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