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Dressing room virus can't stop City

By Ian Appleyard | 1st December 2018
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
2
FC United of Manchester Logo
FC United of Manchester
0
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 1st Dec - 15:00

GOALS from Alex Harris and Jordan Burrow secured a 2-0 victory for City over FC United of Manchester today despite illness in the camp.

Manager Sam Collins revealed, after the game, that five of his players had been nursing a virus including on-loan winger Alex Bray who lasted only 25 minutes.

On loan Kennedy Digie replaced Joe Tait in the centre of defence as Collins made one change to the side which beat Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy.

FC United enjoyed the majority of the first half possession but were unable to find a way past City goalkeeper Adam Bartlett who pulled off a string of top-class saves.

Bartlett pushed shots from both Kurt Willoughby and Rowan Roache around the post before City took the lead and, afterwards, blocked goalbound efforts from both Elliot Simoea and Willoughby (twice).

City's goal came against the run-of-play in the 35th minute when Harris seized on hesitancy in the United defence to latch onto a Bartlett clearance and shoot at goal.

His first effort was blocked by goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson but Harris kept his cool to slide home the loose ball.

FC United striker Tom Peers had a 'goal' ruled out for offside just before the interval as the visitors kept up the pressure.

City introduced striker Joe Ironside as a halftime replacement for Sean Newton and moved David Ferguson, who had come on earlier for an unwell Alex Bray, to leftback.

City improved in the second half with Harris and Adriano Moke both highly influential going forward.

Referee Adam Williamson rejected City's claims for a penalty in the 50th minute when a cross from Lewis Hawkins appeared to strike the upper arm of United's Stephen O'Halloran.

Moke shot wide from 25 yards and goalkeeper Allinson denied Harris at his near post after a great ball from fullback Nathan Dyer.

Harris showed off his skill when jinking past two United defenders on the edge of the area but his shot was straight at Allinson.

Bartlett was less involved after the break but still had to produce an important reaction save to keep out O'Halloran's header from a 70th minute corner.

City wrapped up the victory four minutes from fulltime when a penalty was awarded for a foul by Chris Lynch on Digie at a corner.

Captain Jordan Burrow duly sent Allinson the wrong way from the spot for his ninth goal of the season.

Bartlett made a final save in injury time to deny Willoughby and the victory lifted City up to 13th in the Vanarama National League North table.

City: Bartlett; Dyer, Digie, Davis, Newton (Ironside HT); Hawkins, Griffiths, Moke; Harris, Burrow, Bray (Ferguson 25). Unused substitutes: Langstaff, Tait, Wright.

FC United of Manchester: Allinson, Senior, Lynch, Potts (C), Richards; Simoes, O'Halloran, Wallen (Brierley 72), Roache (White 66), Peers (Banister 66), Willoughby, Unused substitutes: Baird, Milligan.

Referee: Adam Williamson

Bookings: Wallen, Lynch (United)

Attendance: 2583 inc. 485 away supporters.

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