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City win opener against Altrincham

Burrow
By Dan Simmonite | 3rd August 2019
Match Result
Altrincham Logo
Altrincham
1
York City Logo
York City
3
Moss Lane
Saturday 3rd Aug - 15:00

The Minstermen beat Altrincham 3-1 in their opening National League North game; a goal before half time and two in the second half securing the victory.

York had won the six previous pre-season fixtures and going into the game the pressure was on in a mouth-watering opening day for the neutral.

John Johnston for Altrincham looked a real threat in the opening minutes, racing through the middle and winning multiple corners for the Greater Manchester side.

Alty’s first corner resulted in a great diving save by Jameson to keep the score level, but the subsequent corner wasn’t dealt with as Johnston came in from deep and powered his header into the bottom corner on 12 minutes.

David Ferguson bossed the left wing after the first goal, seeing a lot of the ball and causing havoc with his inviting crosses into the box.

And City pushed for an equaliser later in the half, Moke notably skinning three players and pulling back to Maguire – only for Drench to keep out his effort with a low save.

Minutes later Andy Bond was rolled the ball at the centre just outside the box, his curling strike again saved by Drench who seemed unbeatable between the sticks.

Drench was finally defeated when Ferguson ran down the wing and fired in another low cross which was inevitably turned in by an Altrincham defender – a vital goal two minutes before the break.

A goal just before half time can turn a game on its head, and that’s exactly what happened as City went 2-1 up on 49 minutes through Joe Tait – smashing in Sean Newton’s goal bound header from a corner.

And City didn’t stop after the initial goal, Andy Bond gaining possession in the middle after a one-two with Alex Kempster and putting through Jordan Burrow who finished into the bottom corner from the left of the box.

Andy Bond nearly grabbed a goal himself on 64 minutes, driving forward with the ball and forcing Drench into a full stretch save.

The game took a turn for the worst for Alty when Sean Williams picked up a second yellow – reducing them to 10-men with 15 minutes to play.

City were dominant in the latter stages and saw the game out 3-1 thanks to a vastly improved second half performance from Steve Watson’s men.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty (c), Newton, Ferguson, Bond, Moke (Green 80’), Kempster (McLaughlin 74’), Burrow, Maguire (Langstaff 82’)

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Spratt

Altrincham: Drench, White (Walters 62’), Hampson (c) (Mularkey 62’), Jones, Hannigan, Branson, Johnston (Peers 70’), Williams, Harrop, Arnold, Hulme

Unused Substitutes: Densmore, Thompson

Attendance: 1879

Referee: Peter Shacklady

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