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City's late double defeats Spartans

By Ian Appleyard | 27th August 2018
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
2
Blyth Spartans Logo
Blyth Spartans
0
Bootham Crescent
Monday 27th Aug - 15:00

LATE goals from substitutes Jon Parkin and Adriano Moke gave City a 2-0 victory today over Blyth Spartans at Bootham Crescent.

Parkin broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after Blyth midfielder Connor Oliver handled a cross from David Ferguson.

Moke added the second in injury time - latching onto a back header from Blyth defender Ian Watson and coolly knocking the ball over goalkeeper Peter Jameson before scoring into an empty net.

The victory completed a memorable weekend for City's caretaker-manager Sam Collins who opened his reign with a goallless draw at Brackley Town just 48 hours earlier.

Collins made two changes for today's game with Jake Wright and Wes York replacing Parkin and teenager Fergus McAughtrie - who was rested after his all-action debut at Brackley.

He stuck with his preferred 4-3-3 formation which led to York and Wright playing alongside central striker Langstaff in a three-man attack.

Blyth goalkeeper Jameson made two flying saves to deny both Wright and Langstaff before the interval while Wes York also tested Jameson and defender Joe Tait headed over at the far post.

Blyth were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark when midfielder Kieran Green was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on David Ferguson.

However, the numerical advantage lasted only seven minutes when City midfielder Russ Penn was also shown a red card.

Penn, who had been booked in the 28th minute for a foul on Green, was shown a second yellow card after impeding midfielder Lewis Horner on the edge of the Blyth penalty area.

It took a fine reaction save from Jameson to deny Wes York at the start of the second half before City goalkeeper Bartlett had to produce an even better stop to push a header from Robbie Dale onto the crossbar as Blyth were threatening to break the deadlock.

The action flowed from end-to-end for long periods before City finally seized the initiative following a handball by Oliver.

Striker Parkin, who had only been on the pitch just over 10 minutes, stepped up for the spot-kick and duly sent Jameson the wrong way.

City supporters rose as one to salute the performance of former Blyth striker Langstaff when substituted six minutes from time. The young striker had worked his socks off and been desperately unlucky not to score on several occasions.

The final word of the game belonged to Moke in stoppage time when the midfielder scored his first goal in seven months and was mobbed by team-mates at the corner flag.

York City: Bartlett; Griffiths, Bencherif, Tait, Ferguson; Law, Penn, Heslop; Wright (Moke 61), Langstaff (Burrow 84), York (Parkin 69). Unused substitutes: Allan, Whitley.

Blyth Spartans: Jameson; Nicholson (Butler 86), Buddle, Reid, Watson; Rivers (Wrightson 81), Oliver, Green, Dale; Maguire, Horner (Mullen 77). Unused substitutes: Ardelean, Butler, Skirpan.

Referee: Ben Speedie

Attendance: 2696

Bookings: Ferguson, Tait (City), Rivers, Oliver (Blyth)

Sent-off: Green (Blyth), Penn (City).

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