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City make comeback against Pickering

Wes York
By Dan Simmonite | 30th July 2019
Match Result
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Tuesday 30th Jul - 19:30

The Minstermen came from two goals down to beat Pickering Town 4-2 in their final pre-season friendly.

A team featuring mainly of trialists and youth team players lined up against the NPL Division One North West side on the famous slanted pitch at Mill Lane.

Wes York was one of the senior players in the first eleven and had a field day at times, dribbling in and out of the midfield – notably almost breaking through on 14 minutes only to be tackled last ditch.

Langstaff also threatened and nearly opened the scoring on 24 minutes; heading inches wide from a City free kick swung into the area.

But early rued chances ultimately led to Pickering grabbing the first goal, a misjudged high ball allowing Chris Pearson to score into an open goal with his first touch of the ball after coming on at 29 minutes.

After the goal it was on-trial forward James Caton who was eager to impress, twisting and turning on the edge, and creating space for a shot which in the end was an easy save for Pickering goalkeeper Callum Myers.

Disaster struck just before half time with the Pikes making it 2-0 through a Mikey Hollingsworth header which was powerfully put away following an in-swinging free kick, making it a seemingly uphill climb in the second half.

However, after some stern words at half time from Micky Cummins the Minstermen came out firing – Wes York reducing the gap to 2-1 just a minute after the break – turning in Nathan Dyer’s drive to the back post.

And City didn’t stop there, minutes later trialist Liam Smith smashed in a half volley on the edge for the equaliser followed by a surge on goal by the former Newcastle United youngster, rounding the goalkeeper, only for Macauley Langstaff to tap in his goal bound shot to make it 3-2.

City looked a different side in the second half after three goals in eleven minutes as they pushed for a fourth; Caton hitting the post from close range after a perfect cross to the back post on 62 minutes.

Lively teenage forward Kiari Ventura was introduced in the second half and caused havoc in the final third, nearly scoring on 65 minutes as he blasted a bouncing ball outside the box which forced the goal keeper to palm for a corner.

Ventura went one better on 71 minutes, side footing the ball onto the post from distance and the ricochet landing straight to Liam Smith who tapped the ball in with the goal gaping.

With the score 4-2 City were cruising and the young players grew with confidence, Will Jackson producing an inch perfect dinked ball to the back post which could have easily needed up in the back of the net and Charlie Jebson-King making some dangerous runs with the ball down the left wing.

The whistle blew after 90 minutes in what was City’s sixth straight pre-season victory - a great achievement going into Saturday’s opener against Altrincham.

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