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Martin off the mark in City victory

By Ian Appleyard | 24th November 2017
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
3
Coalville Town Logo
Coalville Town
1
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 25th Nov - 15:00

Striker Gary Martin's first goal for the club set holders York City on the way to victory over Coalville Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Striker Jon Parkin added two penalties before Daniel Creaney scored a consolation goal for the Evo-Stik Premier Division part-timers.

Former Lokeren striker Martin, who joined the Minstermen at the start of the month on a temporary deal until the New Year, had waited four games to open his goal account.

He broke the deadlock with a smart finish just before the interval and City never looked back.

Although City enjoyed the vast majority of the possession in the first half, Coalville striker Nathan Watson grazed the crossbar with an angled shot from the corner of the box in the 36th minute.

City’s best opportunity, prior to the goal, had fallen to Amari Morgan-Smith whose firm shot hit the legs of Coalville goalkeeper Matthew Coton.

Parkin doubled City's lead from the penalty spot after 62 minutes when Coalville midfielder Kyle Dixon handled a cross from Sean Newton.

Parkin then scored his 16th goal of the season with another penalty 14 minutes later after substitute James Gray was tripped by defender Dean Freeman.

Coalville took advantage of a lapse in concentration by City to pull a goal back immediately from the re-start - striker Creaney breaking through the defence to shoot past Adam Bartlett.

But City remained firmly in control of the contest to book a place in Monday's first round draw.

Manager Martin Gray had made two changes to his side with David Ferguson and Morgan-Smith replacing Alex Whittle and Aidan Connolly.

Goalkeeper Luke Simpson was originally named among the substitutes but was replaced by Sam Muggleton after suffering a chest injury in the warm-up.

York City: Bartlett; Law, Parslow, Bencherif, Ferguson; Moke (Connolly 56), Rowe, Newton, Parkin, Martin (Gray 63), Morgan-Smith. Unused substitutes: Whittle, Muggleton, Walton.

Coalville Town: Coton, Taylor, Torr, Jenno, Freeman, Towers, McGlinchey (Hollis 68), Dixon (Howes 68), Creaney, Watson, Anderson. Unused substitutes: Bryant, Hannis, Bassett.

Referee: Paul Brown

Booked: Dixon (Coalville)

Attendance: 1001

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