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City start season in winning ways

By Dan Simmonite | 7th October 2020
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
3
Chorley Logo
Chorley
1
Bootham Crescent
Tuesday 6th Oct - 19:45

Summer signings Scott Barrow and Michael Woods were on the scoresheet last night in a 3-1 victory over Chorley.

Steve Watson named eight of his summer signings in the starting eleven, all of whom impressed in the first game of the National League North season.

The game kicked-off under the lights at Bootham Crescent and it was City who drew first blood with a low cross in by Jake Cassidy not dealt with by the Chorley defence which allowed Paddy McLaughlin to get in the box and smash the ball home from close range.

After, City grew in confidence and went on the attack with a cross by Barrow acrobatically hit wide by Dyson and a close-range header nodded over the crossbar in a crowded area.

Jameson was called into action just after 20 minutes, gathering a long-range effort before tipping a shot onto the post and out for a corner to keep City in the lead.

Matty Brown then fancied his chances, firing a shot just over the crossbar after receiving a clearance on the edge of the box.

Barrow started the second half in spectacular fashion, dribbling through the Lancashire defence and curling one from his weaker foot into the bottom corner to open his account for York.

Back to back Chorley efforts were blocked by City on 55 minutes just before Harry Bunn came on for his home debut, replacing Olly Dyson.

The game opened up with the pace and creativity of Bunn, notably a cross in from behind then hit by Michael Duckworth on the spin which forced Urwin to get down low to save.

Chorley cleared off the line on 67 minutes following a well-placed header by Brown. Calls for handball were scuppered by the referee.

The Magpies went the other end and forced Jameson into a great save after Elliott Newby wriggled through in the box and hit towards the top corner.

Akil Wright was a bright spark in the later stages, heading a cross into the box just wide and firing a thunderbolt goalbound before a white shirt managed to block.

Wright continued his purple patch in the game, racing down the wing after latching onto a one-two and playing into Cassidy near the front post who crossed to the other side where Duckworth put it on a plate for Michael Woods to slot high into the net.

Bunn nearly added a fourth goal on 87 minutes after latching onto a loose ball in the area, only for Urwin to block his effort on goal.

City missed out on a clean sheet in the dying minutes of the game, a harsh handball allowing Lewis Riley to get one back through his spot kick.

The whistle went immediately after the penalty and City finished with a comfortable three points to put them into fifth place with one game played.

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Tinkler, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Woods, McLaughlin, Dyson (Bunn 61), Cassidy.

Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Kennedy, Potts.

Chorley: Urwin, Smith, Halls, Leather, Baines, Miller (Walker 32), Calveley, Cardwell (Rodwell-Grant 67), Reilly, Newby, Shenton (Birch 76).

Subs not used: Dutton, Baxter.

Attendance: 119 cardboard cutouts

Referee: Dean Watson

Waitrose & Partners MOTM: Matty Brown

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