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2021/2

As a minimum, let's hope we have a full season and celebrate our centenary in a fitting manner in April 2022

2021/2 Season Preview

... *** THIS PAGE IS WORK IN PROGRESS THROUGHTOUT THE WHOLE OF THE 2021/2 SEASON *** ... *** THE FINAL ISSUE WILL BE SUMMER 2022. UNTIL THEN, SOME SECTIONS REFERENCE PREVIOUS SEASONS *** ...

2021/2 sees City start a 5th successive season in National League North. In our entire history, the quickest we've been promoted after relegation is 5 seasons, so that must give us hope.

The squad gives further hope. Despite a big summer clear out and talk of a reduced budget, we go into the new season with 24 professionals, just one less than we started last season.

With Kurt Willougby, Clayton Donaldson, Jason Gilchrist and Mark Beck, we have an array of proven goalscorers , they provide different options up front will hopefully address last season's biggest bugbear, the lack of goals.

If recent seasons are anything to go by, Steve Watson's biggest challenge might be how to fit all 4 into a side in which he previously favoured a lone central striker.

Behind them, if Olly Dyson and newcomer Mackenzie Heaney can show their pedigree, we could be in for exciting times.

At City's level, most (if not all) the team will be on one year contracts which greatly restricts our ability to sell them on for big fees.

Many were surprised when Reon Potts was offered a pre season trial, he'd failed to impress in limited opportunities last season and with the newcomers it seems difficult to know where he’ll fit in.

That conundrum was solved when he and Archie Whitfield joined Northern Premier League side Ossett United on loan until January, as did Ryan Whitley at Scarborough. Hopefully all 3 will get several months of "man's football" and return ready to fight for a first team place at City. Some felt Ryan Whitley's assured pre season performances put him ahead of Peter Jameson.

But once again, it is a challenge for any youngster to make the grade with no reserve team football.

Defence looks fairly sorted, maybe slightly lacking in numbers whilst the true test of our midfield will be when the "real stuff" starts and the tackles are flying in.

Monks Cross, The LNER Community Stadium, to be more precise was still a big unknown. Despite an 1,100 open day and 3 sold out 2,000 capacity friendlies, the season started with a capped (2,128) capacity. Those figures exceed the test events (both in terms of events and people) that CoYC had announced in early 2020 for the pre covid test events. Quite how York City Knight had been playing in front of fans since June 6th yet the Council couldn't grant a full certificate remained a mystery. Meanwhile, The Supporters Club arranged Huntington WMC as a pre match watering hole whilst City sold over 700 hospitality packages for the 3 pre season friendlies but given the CoYC / covid restrictions, there was no beer in the fanzone for te first game, surely an own goal.

Off The Pitch. Season ticket sales were robust. Announced at short notice (and with no early bird discount) on Monday June 28 City were delighted to confirm that over 850 season tickets had been sold in the first week (w/c June 21), it meant that 71% of the previous total (2019/20) had already been achieved. On July 29, City announced over 1,200 season tickets sold, "as of today, the club has sold over 1,200 season tickets for the upcoming season which is more than our previous total with over 2 weeks to go until the start of the season", although a caption accompanying article stated 1,180. On August 11, City announced over 1,300 season tickets sold (the August 14 programme (page 9)) noted "up from 1,150 in 2019/20" and the August 28 matchday programme (page 9) noted "over 1,350 season ticket sales".

The big hopes must be that the season is played to completion without disruption, Monks Cross is positively embraced and we finish the season promoted.

Footnote: The Newcastle friendly saw Clayton Donaldson mamed on the team sheet as "Don Trialist" following an objection by his former club, Bradford City. A standard contract clause is that when a player's contract expires, he is due one month's "redundancy" pay from the club he is leaving. Donaldson's signing for City was announced in June with the agreement of Bradford City but after Donaldson was named and played against Whitby (July 10), Bradford's CEO, Ryan Sparks wrongly argued that City should pay his June / July wages due from Bradford City, hence "Don Trialist". This situation of released players dropping down the leagues must occur many times every summer, Steve McNulty was in a similar situation a year earlier, but only Bradford City sought to try to pass the redundancy pay situation onto a player's next club.

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Key Dates

  • Pre Season Training Starts: Thursday 1st July 2021
  • Fixtures Announced: Wednesday 7th July: 1pm
  • Friendly: Whitby (a), Saturday 10th July: 3pm W 2-1 (Trialist B (McKenzie Heaney), Donaldson)
  • Open Training Session / Lookaround (LNER): Sunday 11th July: 10am - 1pm (free but ticket required)
  • Friendly: Newcastle United (h), (Newcastle also play Harrogate on the same day), Sunday 18th July: 2pm
  • Friendly: Sunderland (h), Wednesday 21st July: 7pm
  • Friendly: Middlesbrough (h), Tuesday 27th July: 7pm
  • Friendly: Ossett Town (a), Tuesday 3rd August: 7pm
  • Friendly: Notts Co (a), Saturday 7th August: 3pm
  • League Season Start Date: Saturday 14th August 2021
  • League Season End Date: Saturday 7th May 2022
  • Play-Offs: Wednesday 11th May 2022 to Sunday 22nd May 2022 (Dates TBC)

Xmas / New Year Fixtures (3 match days)

  • Sunday 26th December 2021
  • Tuesday 28th December 2021 (Bank Holiday)
  • Sunday 2nd January 2022 - Clubs have the ability to move fixtures to Saturday 1st January 2022 or Monday 3rd January 2022 (both Bank Holidays)

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Pre Season Friendlies

  • WHITBY (A) (10/Jul/21) D 1-1
    Ex City loanee Bradley Fewster gave Whitby a first half lead before goals from MacKenzie Heaney (who played as Trialist G) and Clayton Donaldson (who was named as a player) gave City a 2-1 win. Always posing a threat, Heaney, an attacking left sided attacking midfield was brought down just outside area and scored direct from resulting free kick. Returning Sam Fielding (Defensive Midfield) also played as "Trialist B". A day later it was announced that Heaney had signed a contract with City.
    CITY (First Half): Jameson, Trialist A (right back), Newton (DC), Brown (DC), Haase (left back), Trialist B (good reviews as holding midfielder in front of back 4), Trialist C, Trialist D, Degruchy (left midfield), Dyson, Gilchrist
    CITY (First Half): Jameson, Duckworth, King, Trialist E, Barrow, Wright, Trialist F, McLaughlin, Trialist G, Jones, Donaldson
    WHITBY: TBC
    Goals: CITY: Trialist 'G' (aka Heaney) (76), Donaldson (87): TBC. WHITBY: Fewster (44)
  • NEWCASTLE (H) (18/Jul/21) W 1-0
    With 87 minutes on the clock, after determined work from an attacking midfield trialist, Michael Duckworth looped a header over Langley from left back Scott Barrow's cross and watched it nestle in the back of the net to give City a well earned win. Bradford City Clayton Donaldson wasnot named in City 's line up so the PA and team sheet listed him as "Don Trialist" despite being prominently featured in the matchday programme.
    CITY: Whitley, Duckworth, King, Newton (Brown 45), Barrow, Dyson (Trialist A 74), Wright (Woods 59), McLaughlin, Heaney (Trialist D 59), Don Trialist (Trialist C 79), Willoughby (Gilchrist 59). Unused Subs: Trialist B (Keeper), Degruchy, Whitfield, Jones
    NEWCASTLE: Langley, Murphy, Fernandez (Dummett 69), Lascelles (Lewis 45), Watts, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick (S Longstaff 60), Fraser (M Longstaff 60), Joelinton (Gayle 18, Muto 79), Wilson (Saint-Maximin 45). Unused Subs: Thompson, Clark.
    Goals: CITY: Duckworth.

    Referee: Rebecca Welch (first female referee at LNER)
    Attendance: 2,000 (and 20,000+ peak virtual views on YouTube)
    Man of the Match (chosen by Reel Production Group): Patrick McLaughlin
  • SUNDERLAND (H) (21/Jul/21) D 1-1
    A young trialist, who played the first half at Whitby and the final stages of Sunday, started in holding midfield in place of Akil Wright while Michael Woods replaced Paddy McLaughlin in the centre of the park. Jason Gilchrist displaced Kurt Willoughby as the only change among the attackers. Sunderland had the better of the first half but City found themselves on a more even keel in the second half, with the addition of the deeper lying Willoughby giving more options to relieve the Sunderland pressure, and add some of their own. The visitors still posed a threat and, after York had shifted to a 3-5-2 (Paddy McLaughlin and Jack Degruchy out wide with Michael Duckworth and Scott Barrow flanking Matty Brown). Jameson was twice called on to make some fine saves. Midfield trialists were Hooper ('C') and Fielding ('A').
    Due to the easing of restrictions which allows for an increased capacity in hospitality, YCFC Hospitality & Events offered a bar only hospitality experience, which included match ticket, executive padded seat, matchday programme, and teamsheet for just 17 pounds.
    CITY: Whitley (Jameson 46), Duckworth, King (Degruchy 63), Newton (Wright 46), Barrow, Trialist A (young, holding midfield) (McLaughlin 46), Woods (Brown 46), Dyson (Trialist C 63), Heaney, Trialist B (Donaldson), Gilchrist (Willoughby 46). Subs not used: Jones.
    SUNDERLAND: Burge; Younger, Flanagan, Doyle (Richardson, 61), Dyce (Newall, 79); Evans (Hawkes, 61), Neil, Embleton; Gooch (Diamond, 26), McGeady (Kimpioka, 79), Stewart (O'Brien, 61).. Unused Subs: -.
    Goals: CITY: Willoughby (51); SUNDERLAND: Neil (29)

    Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland)
    Attendance: 2,000 (14,231 peak live viewers on YouTube)
    Man of the Match: Scott Barrow
  • SCARBOROUGH (H) (24/Jul/21) W 4-1
    City beat Scarborough 4-1 behind closed doors at our training ground according to social media reports.
    Goals: CITY: Willoughby, Heaney, Gilchrist, Dyson; SCARBOROUGH: tbc
  • MIDDLESBROUGH (H) (27/Jul/21) W 2-1
    After conceding an early goal, City had the better of play against, according to many, a poor Boro side.
    CITY: Jameson, Duckworth, Barrow (Degruchy 71), Trialist 'A' (CD, Fielding (#17)), Brown, McLaughlin, Dyson (Trialist 'B' 67), Wright, Heaney (Willoughby 61), Donaldson, Beck (Woods 61). Unused Subs: Trialist 'C', Whitley, Jones.
    MIDDLESBROUGH: Middlesbrough: Lumley (Stojanovic 64), Dijksteel (Wood 64), Hall (Peltier 64), Fry (Bamba 64), McNair (Robinson 64), Howson (Hackney 64), Crooks (Malley 64), Morsy (Coburn 64), Spence, Paterson (Jones HT), Ikpeazu (Akpom 61). Unused Subs: -.
    Goals: CITY: Heaney (25), Beck (40): MIDDLESBROUGH: Fry (6).

    Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland)
    Attendance: 2,014 (and 9,059 peak viewers on YouTube Livestream)
    Man of the Match: 'Trialist A' (Sam Fielding, played DC but had earlier played as a DM)
  • OSSETT UNITED (A) (03/Aug/21) W 1-0
    A Kurt Willoughby goal gave City a 1-0 win. City fielded a trialist right back (possibly Henry Nash) who is too old for youth team, but him and Paddy apart, Steve Watson noted that the finishing side was the Under 19 2021/2 youth side.
    Ossett fielded City loanees Archie Whitfield and Reon Potts plus former youth team players keeper Jake Teale and the impressive wide man Aaron Haswell.
    CITY: Whitley (Campbell 62), Woods (Dale 73), Fielding (Owen 73), Duckworth (Sheppard HT ((Sheppard noted twice, this one believed to be Haase)), Hopper (Lancaster 73), Heaney (Degruchy 62), Willoughby (Sheppard 62), Knowles (McLaughlin HT), Trialist 'A', Trialist 'B' (Trialist 'C' 73), Beck (Jones 62). Unused Subs: -.
    OSSETT U: Teale, Trialist 'A', Hardaker, Hogg, Killock, McGiven, Connelly, Whitfield, Potts, Haswell, Chipamaunga. Subs: Trialist 'F', Clark, Trialist 'D', Trialist 'E', Hussain, Levi-Lewis.
    Goals: CITY: Willoughby (53).

    Referee: Gareth Thomas
    Attendance: 502
    Man of the Match: Sam Fielding
  • NOTTS COUNTY (A) (07/Aug/21) D 1-1
    KURT WILLOUGHBY scored a brace as City rounded off their pre-season preparations in ideal style with a 3-2 win at National League outfit Notts County. It was a second season in a row that the Minstermen came away from Meadow Lane with a confidence boosting victory in thoroughly entertaining circumstances.
    Missing Scott Barrow, Josh King and Matty Brown, York were maybe two players shy of what might be considered their strongest side ahead of the big kick off. Consequently, the defence featured Sam Fielding (centre back) and Paddy McLaughlin (left back). County fielded former City loanee Kyle Cameron.
    Willoughby got the ball rolling with the opener for City, who went into the break 2-1 down, before Beck levelled following good work from Paddy McLaughlin. City tired towards the end but found the strength to dig out one more defining chance through Willoughby, while Pete Jameson pulled off some mighty saves.
    Willoughby put City ahead in the 18th minute. After his good work down the left, Beck had a close-range shot clawed away on the line before McLaughlin's effort was blocked. When keeper Sam Slocombe came out to claim, the determined Willoughby forced him to mishandle and nutmegged him from five yards out. Home fans were unhappy Willoughby had the chance to shoot, believing Slocombe had the ball in his hands.
    On 28 minutes, County equalised through Cal Roberts' curling left footer which bounced down off the cross bar and was adjudged to have crossed the line. There were chances for both sides before Joel Taylor put County ahead on 37 minutes when his cross took a significant deflection catching Jameson out and looping into the keeper’s bottom left corner.
    Roberts might have added a third before the break were it not for the intervention of one of his own players. Wright was pulled up for a heavy, albeit clumsy, tackle on the edge of the area and Roberts thundered the free kick towards goal and straight into a Magpies man.
    On 49 minutes, City were level through Beck. McLaughlin delivered a fantastic cross from the dead-ball line and Beck had the simplest chance from the far post to nod beyond the scrambling Slocombe.
    County's Taylor picked up the first yellow card seen in any York game of this pre-season after pursuing rather too doggedly Dyson before bringing him down when the tricky midfielder evaded his attentions. Roberts came alarmingly close to restoring County's lead. His effort trickled inches wide of Jameson’s right-hand post, but, more worryingly, he had set himself up by jinking his way through a packed York box without anyone getting a toe to the ball. Jameson did very well midway through the second period to stand up to substitute Connell Rawlinson, whose powerful effort from a tight angle the City stopper blocked confidently.
    Under increasing home pressure with just over a quarter of an hour remaining, City's only chance for 20 minutes, when substitute Woods found plenty of space but only curled into Slocombe's gloves was Beck lobbed feebly wide after spotting Slocombe off his line. With City fading, a draw looked to be the best outcome they could hope for, but Willoughby had other ideas. He perfectly killed Beck's headed flick-on at his feet and ran through on goal. His powerful low effort squirmed under Slocombe.
    CITY: Jameson, Duckworth (Hopper 72), Fielding, Newton, McLaughlin; Wright, Heaney, Dyson; Donaldson (Woods 56), Willoughby, Beck. Unused Subs: Campbell, Haase, Trialist 'A', Jones, Degruchy, Knowles.
    NOTTS COUNTY: Slocombe, Chicksen (Rawlinson HT), Cameron, Brindley, Taylor, Kelly-Evans (Nemane 61), Francis, Palmer, Roberts (O’Brien 75), Wootton, Mitchell (Sam 61). Unused Subs: Brooks, McGregor.
    Goals: CITY: Willoughby (18, 83), Beck (49). COUNTY: Roberts (28), Taylor (37).

    Referee: Martyn Fryer
    Attendance: 2,095 (167 York fans)
    Man of the Match: x
    Match Stats (County / City): Shots (on target): 17 (6) / 10 (8); Corners: 8 / 3; Offsides: 1 / 4; Fouls: 8 / 4; Yellow cards: 1 (Taylor) / 0; Red cards: 0 /0.
  • Footnote: The 3 home games were live streamed on youtube attracting over 44,000 viewers across over 50 countries (UK, Ireland, Australia, Indonesia, United States and Brazil included) raising £4,415 for City. As covid restrictions lifted, City’s matchday hospitality offerings expanded across the 3 games. Over 800 hospitality guests were welcomed to the new look matchday experiences. Ex City striker Iain Dunn hosted the Lounge Experience and the Jorvik Bar alongside special guest appearances from Andy Leaning and ex-Premier League referee Jeff Winter, while all six Executive Boxes and a number of Matchday Sponsorships were quickly snapped up within days of going on-sale in June.

2021/2 Season Review

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To work in:

  1. High season ticket sales despite many previous reservations re MX
  2. Day 1 - capped crowd, nationwide post covid crowd increases
  3. Early season struggles with SMG / capacity
  4. 210821 City 1 Brackley 2. Good first half but worringy according to Steve Watson, the players didn't do what he asked in the second half, from being well on top, they sat back and let Brackley score 2 late goals (on a luckly deflection) late on
  5. 210830 Spennymoor 1 YCFC 3 (att 2635, 35 shy of club record) and compare to 210828 v Brackley
  6. August defensive injuries (Barrow per season - 3m +, Newton (late Aug - 6 weeks), King (Aug (injury / covid isolation)), Duckworth (late drop out v Spennymoor)
  7. 210911 v Hereford, postponed (night before) "due to a potential Covid 19 incident at Hereford FC" as one player provides a positive lateral flow test and 3 more show covid symptoms on the day before the game. The scare didn't prevent Herefeord's Under 18 game from going ahead. By Monday, all 4 had provided negative PCR tests. By the time of the re-arranged game, 17 days later, Hereford's injury ravaged and centre back lacking squad had ben boosted by at least 3 new signings (Levi Andoh (CB), Krystian Pearce (CB) and Ollie Hulbert (striker)).
  8. 210916 YCST EGM (Burton Stone Lane WMC). The motion, "We move that the Supporter's Trust board makes a public declaration of no confidence in the boards of York City Football Club Ltd and its subsidiary companies" was paased by a majority of 282 (91.3%) and against the motion just 27, giving a turnout of turnout of 29.42%. The total valid votes cast were 309 of which 282 were in favour of the motion and 27 against. This represents a 91% majority in favour and passes the two-thirds majority required to give formal instruction to the Trust board. The voting turnout was 29.4% of the 1,050 membership, which is roughly consistent with previous SGMs held in 2018 and 2006. Reports put the attendance on the night at around 50. A day earlier (TOOAB 15/Sep/2021), it was noted The Trust was currently made up of 1,045 members, 150 of whom joined since the announcement of the SGM on August 31. After July 1, 451 members had joined (or renewed) on an annual basis, adding to 594 life members.
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2022 Retained List

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2021/2 Under 19s

Once again, for the 2021/2 season, City competed in the National League Under 19 Alliance League North alongside other National League and National League North teams. 12 teams (AFC Fylde, Blyth Spartans, Boston United, Chester, Chesterfield FC, Darlington, FC Halifax Town, Guiseley AFC, Notts County, Solihull Moors and Stockport County alongside City) competed in the northern section. 12 teams (Aldershot Town, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Maidenhead United, Oxford City, Welling United, Weston Super Mare and Woking) competed in the southern section.

TBC City's Under 19 squad consists of around 14 scholars (say 5 second year scholars and say 9 first year (fresh out of school) scholars). It can be supplemented by the 6 youngest first team squad professionals (Maison Campbell, Lewis Cunningham, Jack Degruchy, Jonny Haase, Luke Jones and Henry Nash) for Under 19 league games, but being a year younger, of those, only Haase is eligible for the FA Youth Cup. Throughout the season, expect the match day squad to be topped up with some of City's Under 16 players.

TBC: The side, with around 500 others, also competed in the FA Youth Cup, entering at the earliest possible stage.

Home league fixtures are played at City's Wiggington Road training ground (YO32 2RB) on a Wednesday afternoon with an early kick off (usually 2pm (or earlier if required)) to finish in daylight. Home FA Youth Cup and National League Alliance cup games are played at the LNER Community Stadium (or another designated home ground).

End Of Season Review: TBC

Further Reading: National League Under-19 Alliance website.

2021/2 National League Youth Alliance

Date

Opponents

Competition

Venue

Result

Scorers (and notes)

Wed 08 September

Stockport

NLAU19N

A

D 1-1

Cunningham

Wed 15 September

Farsley Celtic

FAYC Q1

A

W 3-0

Knowles, Clayton, Sheperd

Wed 22 September

FC Halifax Town

NLAU19N

A

W 3-0

Knowles (2), Lancaster

Wed 29 September

Bradford PA

FAYC Q2

A

W 1-0

Sheperd

Wed 06 October

Notts Co

NLAU19N

A

W 4-0

Clayton (2), Jones, OG

Thur 14 October

South Shields

FAYC Q3

A

L 1-1 (4-5 penalties)

Sheperd

Wed 27 October

SOLIHULL MOORS

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 03 November

Boston

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 10 November

DARLINGTON

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 17 November

CHESTERFIELD

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 01 December

Blyth Spartans

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 08 December

AFC Fylde

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 15 December

GUISELEY

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 05 January

BOSTON

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 19 January

Guiseley

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 26 January

Chesterfield

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 09 February

STOCKPORT

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 23 February

BLYTH

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 02 March

Chester

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 16 March

NOTTS CO

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 23 March

Solihull Moors

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 30 March

AFC FYLDE

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 20 April

Darlington

NLAU19N

A

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 27 April

FC HALIFAX

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

TBC

Wed 13 October

CHESTER

NLAU19N

H

WDL n-n

To be re-arranged (FAYC clash)

  1. STOCKPORT (A) (08/Sep/21) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) D 1-1
    The Young Minstermen kicked off their National League U19 Alliance League North campaign this afternoon with a 1-1 draw away at Stockport County. Lewis Cunningham scored his first goal for the U19's, as City replied seven minutes after Stockport had broken the deadlock at the Stockport Sports Village. Tim Ryan selected a strong squad ahead of kick off, a team which featured first year pros Lewis Cunningham, Maison Campbell, Jonny Haase and Luke Jones.
    The home side dominated possession within the opening ten minutes, going close on a couple of occasions. Oliver McFadyen curled a free kick from the edge of the area inches wide of Campbell's left-hand post, before Toby Green fired over the bar after a promising break from midfield. After not taking chances in the opening ten, the home side finally went on to break the deadlock after 13 minutes through Scott Holding, who tapped home from six yards out, after a cross in from the left from a short corner.
    York didn't have to wait long to find their equaliser, as centre back Lewis Cunningham rose highest to head home from an in-swinging Jonny Haase free-kick from the right-hand side five minutes later. Just after the half-hour mark, City were awarded a penalty by the referee after a late tackle on Kyle Lancaster, after a brilliant break into the penalty area by the winger. After a late consultation with his linesman however, the referee overturned his decision, giving the home side a free kick.
    The Minstermen went close in the early exchanges of the second half, as they went in search of their second goal. Max Ezard had an effort fumbled away by Stockport goalkeeper Dan Harrison, before Lancaster headed narrowly over from a Haase corner. Jones had a chance on the hour mark to find that second goal the away side. He started a brilliant counter-attack picking out Lancaster on the right, but the cross in from the winger fizzled out of Jones' reach, as he attempted to tap home at the far post. Both sides kept battling in what was very warm conditions, as Stockport went close themselves after 68 minutes to re-take the lead. Substitute Jai Baisley found himself unmarked in the penalty area from a corner, but he headed just wide of Campbell's right-hand post. Baisley went close again for the home side in the final ten minutes of the game. He drove forward from midfield into the City penalty area, before firing narrowly wide of Campbell's left-hand post.
    Both sides battled out a tight encounter, as City got off to a start in the league with a point. They turn their attentions next Wednesday, when they travel to the Citadel to take on Farsley Celtic in the FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round (7pm kick off).
    CITY: Campbell, McLaughlin, Owen, Cunningham, Haase ( c ), Lancaster, Gordan, Algar, Clayton, Jones, Ezard (Heaton 79'). Unused Subs: Dale, Pickles, Hogan
    OPPONENTS: Harrison, Jair Da Silva, Edwards (Baisley 63'), Tanswell, Sharples, Holding, Barugh, Al-Akkad, Walsh (Moruyi 46'), Green (Banda 72'), McFadyen. Unused Subs: Johnson, Johnstone
    Goals: Cunningham (20): Opponents: Holding (13)
    Bookings: City: Heaton. Opponents: -
    Sent Off: City: None. Opponents: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  2. FARSLEY CELTIC (A) (15/Sep/21) (FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round) W 3-0
    York City Under 18s are through to the FA Youth Cup second round qualifying after a comfortable 3-0 win over Farsley Celtic having had a bye in the Preliminary Round when opponents Rossington Main withdrew.
    Josh Knowles, Kieran Clayton and Jonny Sheperd all scored to secure the young Minstermen's safe passage past the Citadel.
    It was an impressive result for Tim Ryan's side, which included three U16 players as well as Jonny Haase, who is pushing for the first team.
    City had the better of the chances in a goalless first half before Knowles broke the deadlock in the 56th minute, slotting into an empty net at the back post following a good passing move down the left. Clayton added the second just seven minutes later after Billy Gordan beat his man on the edge of the area before delivering a pin-point cross onto the head of Clayton, who made no mistake. Sheperd rounded off the scoring five minutes on when he guided home Kyle Lancaster's ball to the near post after the latter's good work down the right.
    In the next round, City will travel to either Bradford (Park Avenue) or Emley during the week beginning Monday, September 27. The two West Yorkshire sides play on Friday Sptember 17 (7.45pm) at Avenue to decide who has the honour.
    CITY: Hogan, McLoughlin, Haase, Algar, Owen, Dale, Lancaster, Gordan, Knowles, Ezard, Clayton. Subs: Sheperd, Heaton, Magwere, Pickles, Payne, Dawson, Burland (details on subs playing unknown).
    OPPONENTS: TBC
    Goals: City: Knowles, Clayton, Sheperd. Opponents: -
    Bookings: City: -. Opponents: -
    Sent Off: City: -. Opponents: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  3. FC HALIFAX TOWN (A) (22/Sep/21) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 3-0
    The Under 19's earned their first win of the National League U19 Alliance Academy North campaign with a 3-0 win over FC Halifax Town this afternoon. A brace from Josh Knowles and a goal from Kyle Lancaster earned the Young Minstermen all three points in West Yorkshire at Old Earth.
    Tim Ryan's side went into the game off the back of a successful start to the new campaign, after earning a 1-1 draw away at Stockport County a fortnight ago, before recording a 3-0 win over Farsley Celtic last week in the FA Youth Cup. The host's had also enjoyed a strong start to their new campaign, starting off the season with a 7-2 victory over Blyth Spartans in the National League U19 Alliance Academy North two weeks ago.
    It was the away side who got out of the blocks straight away, with Jack Degruchy going close inside the first minute for City. He found a gap in-behind the Halifax defence, before narrowly firing wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post. Josh Knowles gave the visitors the lead after seven minutes when he did brilliantly to sweep the ball under the goalkeeper from a central position, after Degruchy picked out the winger with a pull back from the right flank. York doubled their lead five minutes later when Jonny Haase sent in a low cross on the left after a bursting run, where Kyle Lancaster was on-hand to tap home at the far post to extend City's lead in a matter of minutes. The home side struggled to threaten the York defence in the first half, but they nearly found a way back into the game when a sequence of headers in the penalty box nearly landed into the back of the net, but Maison Campbell was on hand to calmly punch away to safety.
    Two minutes into the second half, Halifax were reduced to ten men when the referee sent off their forward for violent conduct for an off-the-ball incident. It would prove to be a mountain to climb for the home side as York used their man advantage to claim their third of the afternoon after 78 minutes. Josh Knowles beat the offside trap to lob the goalkeeper from the edge of the area, earning his second goal of the afternoon. The referee awarded Halifax a penalty in the final ten minutes of the game, but Campbell was on hand to keep it out, diving to his left at full stretch. The Minstermen held out for all three points in West Yorkshire and remain unbeaten so far this campaign.
    Speaking after the game, Youth Team Manager Tim Ryan said: "I thought it was a scrappy game, the conditions were difficult at times for both teams, but credit to Halifax I thought they looked like the better side for an hour. We did hit them early and we did score two in the first twelve minutes which is obviously good for us and it gives us a front foot in the game, but I don't really think after that we took the game to them. We took our foot off the pedal and allowed them to try and get back into the game. Even at ten men, you couldn't really tell it because we let our foot off it and we didn't really take charge of the game. We're happy we've come away with three points and a 3-0 win but it was a fairly even game in my eyes. From the warm up, we like to get our mind's right and we always set up to come out the traps fast. Sometimes you can catch teams off guard but sometimes you can't. It was nice to get the early goals, but it was fairly even for a good hour".
    The Youth Team will now look forward to the FA Youth Cup next week, as an U18's side travel to West Yorkshire to take on Bradford (Park Avenue) in the Second Qualifying Round at the Horsfall Stadium next week.
    CITY: Campbell, McLoughlin (Pickles), Owen, Cunningham, Haase ( C ) (Dale), Lancaster, Gordan (Ezard), Algar (Heaton), Knowles, Degruchy, Jones (Magwere). Unused Subs: -
    OPPONENTS: TBC
    Goals: Knowles (7, 78), Lancaster (12): Opponents: -
    Bookings: City: Haase (17), Degruchy (60). Opponents: -
    Sent Off: City: -. Opponents: One (name tbc)
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  4. BRADFORD PA (A) (29/Sep/21) (FA Youth Cup Second Qualifying Round) W 1-0
    YORK City Academy continued their FA Youth Cup journey with a 1-0 second round qualifying win at Bradford (Park Avenue). City, featuring the threatening stand-out right winger Kyle Lancaster, had much the better of the chances. In the end, it was a thrilling couple of minutes that ensured it was the young Minstermen's night at the Horsfall Stadium, where first-team boss Steve Watson was in attendance.
    BPA almost netted a headed own goal (12 minutes) before Ben Dale rattled the outside of the post (23 minutes) and captain Jonny Haase curled a free kick just over the bar (25 minutes). City kept up the pressure as Billy Gordan tested the goalkeeper with a curling effort from the edge of the area (31 minutes).
    The game continued in the same vein after the break. The best chance of the game fell to Josh Knowles whose shot drifted inches wide of the keeper's left post (47 minutes).
    Tom Algar, Knowles and Maz Ezard all had shots saved by the keeper before Jonny Sheperd broke the deadlock on 66 minutes when the winger turned inside from the right onto his left foot and finished beyond the keeper (Liam Hall) into the bottom left corner to give City the lead.
    BPA had a chance to equalise a minute later but diminutive keeper Michael Hogan dived low to his right to keep out a tame penalty effort from the BPA Number 7 (shades of the night before - Ed).
    City held out for a deserved 1-0 win, the last 5 minutes saw BPA's centre half move into goal when their stopper had to leave the pitch following a collision with Knowles.
    Speaking on the progression in the competition, Manager Tim Ryan was pleased with his side's performances so far. He said, "The boys have given a really good account for themselves again and they are getting the rewards from the full time training. There was nine first years who came to play against Farsley (previous round) which is really pleasing for the future. In recent years, clubs at City's level have progressed in the U18s competition towards the ultimate goal of drawing a Football League side who enter in the First Round, notably AFC Fylde playing Chelsea after reaching the Fourth Round last season. We do not want to set targets for winning cups or winning leagues, what we want to do is be really competitive. I believe that if we have a successful side that is in and around and competing every game then it gives each individual player the best chance to progress at York City. You never know, the Youth Cup is regionalised up to the first round and over the past two or three years we have bumped into the likes of Chester and Guiseley who are really strong and are on a par with us. We will enjoy it as we go. We do not put a target on things and take each game as it comes. If we can go a bit further, like some of the clubs at our level have done previously, it would be great and some of our lads are thinking them sort of heights". Youth teamer Josh Knowles played for the first team in pre-season against Ossett United and made the bench last month against Hebburn Town in the Emirates FA Cup which was pleasing for his U19s Manager. Ryan added: "Our focal point is Josh Knowles up front, he has been in and around the first team training and played in pre-season against Ossett. His performances, desire and endeavour to really lead the line, on his own at times as well, was really stand out and he is a second year looking to get his first year pro [next season] so it's a great start to a new season for him and obviously he has to maintain those sort of standards now, along with the rest of the squad, if they do that then we can all be successful together. The gaffer has asked for one or two of the first years to go into training and the more you go up from under 16s to under 19s and then first team level the change in speed of the game is massive and what that does is it helps your vision, ball contact and first touch so speeding up player development like that is brilliant. Every time players go and train with the first team they come back and really set the standard and it improves our game." Steve Watson has offered three youngsters pro contracts this summer, and Ryan is looking to do something similar with promoting players to his U19s side, with three U16 players already utilised on the bench against Farsley in the previous round of the FA Youth Cup. Ryan explained: "Myself and Dan [Wilson, Head of Youth] do it each year, we carry a squad and this year have a lot of older lads for the league because it's an under 19s competition. With the FA Youth Cup, we did it last year and the year before, we bedded one or two of the under 16s in just to get into the environment of the changing room and really get a feel for it. Some of those lads in the under 16s are doing really well so we are hoping maybe in the next round they can get some game time."
    The young Minstermen will travel to either South Shields or Stockton Town in the next round of the FA Youth Cup which is due to be played the week commencing 11th October 2021.
    CITY: Hogan, McLoughlin, Haase, Algar, Owen, Dale, Lancaster, Gordan, Knowles, Ezard, Sheperd (Burland, 79). Unused Subs: Heaton, Magwere, Pickles, Bunkle.
    OPPONENTS: TBC
    Goals: Sheperd: Opponents: -
    Bookings: City: x. Opponents: x
    Sent Off: x. Opponents: x
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  5. NOTTS CO (A) (06/Oct/21) (National League Youth Alliance League (North)) W 4-0
    York City Academy came away from Notts County with a 4-0 win in National League Under-19 Alliance north division. Kieran Clayton scored a second half double and first team hopeful Luke Jones sealed the win after an own goal had put City ahead. The win maintains City's unbeaten start to the season and lifts them to third in the three-game-old season. The game was played at Keyworth United Community Football Club's stadium.
    City set the pace with early chances for Lancaster, Ezard and Jones. City took the lead on 24 minutes with an own goal after County failed to clear a Haase free kick and Knowles drilled the ball towards goal only for a County defender to deflect the ball into his own net. As half time approached, at the other end, Campbell was quick to reach when a dangerous ball was played over the top whilst a County free kick in a dangerous position was allowed to roll out for a goal kick.
    As the second half started, City remained on the front foot. On 52 minutes, Kieran Clayton swept the ball home at the far post after being picked out by a low cross from Lancaster. 9 minutes later, Luke Jones flicked on a Billy Gordan cross into the bottom right corner after a good ball in from McLoughlin. On 72 minutes, Kieran Clayton rose highest to head home a Jonny Haase corner.
    Late on, City hit the woodwork twice with a long range Algar shot (66 minutes) which rattled the crossbar whilst a charging down the right run from Lancaster saw him strike the post from a tight angle (86 minutes) as City ran out comprehensive winners.
    Kyle Lancaster was nominated man of the match for a second successive game.
    Tim Ryan expressed his pleasure in side's second half performance after the full-time whistle in Nottinghamshire. He said, "The first half was just a bitty game, both teams didn't really get to grips with the game. We scored one which gave us a bit of a cushion, but we tweaked it a little bit at the break and the lads performed much better within the second half. We started doing some of the things that we do day in and day out at training and we ultimately got the rewards. Kyle (Lancaster) was absolutely fantastic, the stand out player on the pitch today by a country mile, especially in the second half. From a starting base as well, the back five involving Maison (Campbell) in goal gave us a really good foundation within that second half to help us get on the front foot and get them three extra goals". So far this season, Lancaster is one of three youth team scholars, alongside Josh Knowles and Elliot Owen, to appear for the first team within a matchday squad which was very pleasing for Ryan. He added, "Me and Steve (Watson) are both from the same era and you say you get what you deserve. People don't get on the bench if they don't deserve it, but they have done because they are willing to put in the work. Going back to Kyle (Lancaster), last year was a stop start season for him and the lads, but his attitude was fantastic and second to none. This year he has matured a lot more and been in and around first team training, giving him the opportunity to learn from people within the squad. I think his maturity into a footballer is slowly but surely getting there and it's starting to show that what we do with the lads every day is working. What we do on a day to day basis is work on an end product with him, so it’s starting to come together where he is showing us what he can do on the pitch". Ryan will take an Under 18's (the league is Under 19) squad up to the North East next Thursday in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round Qualifying to take on South Shields, a game which he believes will be a brilliant opportunity in front of a decent crowd at the First Cloud Arena. Speaking on the game, Ryan said, We'll plan accordingly and go up there with confidence. We've played them a few times over the course of the last few years, we even had them in pre season and they were comfortably the better side that day (City lost 2-0 - Ed). We will build from today and take the confidence from the second half into next week's performance and use training to help us prepare to give people the best account of ourselves. They have had decent crowds of just under 400 in the previous couple of rounds, so if their locals turn out again and we take a couple from York, they may well end playing in front of anything up to 500 which will be a massive opportunity for the boys".
    CITY: Campbell, McLoughlin, Haase, Algar (Heaton, 76), Owen, Dale, Lancaster, Gordan, Jones, Ezard (Magwere, 67), Knowles (Clayton, 46). Unused Sub: Hogan (just 4 named subs).
    OPPONENTS: TBC
    Goals: Clayton (2), Jones, OG: Opponents: -
    Bookings: City: x. Opponents: x
    Sent Off: x. Opponents: x
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: TBC
  6. SOUTH SHIELDS (A) (14/Oct/21) (FA Youth Cup Third Qualifying Round) WL 1-1 (4-5 penalties)
    City went out of the FA Youth Cup going down 5-4 on sudden death penalties after the scores finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Having trailed 1-0 at the break, Tim Ryan’s side equalised in the second half through a Jonny Shepherd spot-kick, but the Young Minstermen narrowly came undone 5-4 on penalties as South Shields progressed to the First Round Proper of the competition. Teams enter the pitch at the 1st Cloud Arena.
    City had more of the early play as Haase, Lancaster, Haase again and Knowles spurned chances before Shields took the lead on 20 minutes through Oli Cresdee’s deflected strike.
    Ezard went close with a header and Knowles put the rebound into the side netting before another Knowles effort was deflected wide. Despite the pressure, City went into the break a goal down.
    The second half continued in a similar vein. City looked the side most likely to score as Max Ezard saw a close range header well saved before Tom Algar had a free kick palmed over. City continued to create chances, with Josh Knowles and Ben Dale both coming close.
    With 15 minutes remaining, the Minstermen were finally level as substitute Jonny Sheperd picked himself up after being fouled and dispatched the penalty. City pressed for a late winner with chances for Haase, Owen and Ezard.
    After 90 minutes, the game went into penalties, Tom Algar missed the first kick for City. 4-4 after 5 penalties for each side, Kyle Lancaster missed the first sudden death penalty before Shields’ Jack Watson struck the winner for the home side.
    Speaking after the game, Manager Tim Ryan said, "I thought we were absolutely fantastic, we lost the game and come away from it with a little bit of a bitter sweet taste, but we were the best team tonight by a mile. We created a numerous amount of chances and I think they went into our box only twice in the ninety minutes, but they've ultimately won the game on penalties. Despite the result, I'm really chuffed with the performance from the lads, I've been here three years now and this group of lads tonight have put on the best performance I have witnessed working with the club. I've told the lads just now that they should be proud and that we were the better team here this evening, we’ve had some good players come through the academy whilst I have been working here and that tonight was the proudest I have been. We had watched South Shields, we had analysed them and set up in training to combat what they had in attack. Credit to them, they are a very good side who are comfortable on the ball and try different formations. As I say it's a bitter sweet feeling knowing we worked hard to come from behind and get back into the game, but it sadly wasn't to be and I'm gutted. What I've just said to them is regardless of the result, I'm so proud of them and playing in front of a big crowd tonight is a learning curve for them. Whether you make a career for yourself for fifteen or twenty years, you'll have a lot more lows than real highs, so you take it on the chin and playing in front of a decent crowd will have given them a real lift this evening. I know that it gave me a real lift tonight and as I say, a lot of them will take tonight’s result on the chin and move on from it, which will help them improve in the long run."
    Read More: South Shields website match report
    CITY: Hogan, McLoughlin, Haase ( C ), Algar, Owen, Dale, Lancaster, Gordan, Knowles (Sheperd, 71), Ezard, Clayton (Heaton, 90+3). Unused Subs: Magwere, Pickles, Burland.
    OPPONENTS: Dobson, Watson, Taylor (Bell, 59), Marriott, Morgan, Smith, Walker, Fletcher (Duffy, 70), Waldon, McGeorge ( c ) (Kidd, 84), Cresdee. Unused Subs: Seymour, Johnstone, Scurfield, Thompson.
    Goals: Sheperd: Opponents: Cresdee.
    Bookings: City: x. Opponents: x
    Sent Off: -. Opponents: -
    Referee: TBC
    Attendance: 391
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