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Stalemate in City's first home game

By Dan Simmonite | 6th August 2019
Match Result
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York City
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Farsley Celtic
Bootham Crescent
Tuesday 6th Aug - 19:45

The Minstermen drew 0-0 this evening in the first home game of the season at Bootham Crescent against Farsley Celtic.

Farsley had started strong in their opening fixture over the weekend, overcoming Darlington 3-1 at home and travelled to Bootham Crescent with optimism for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

The first half started with Alex Kempster racing down the left wing and squaring to an incoming Kallum Griffiths, who slid in for the ball but was blocked by a white shirt.

An almost identical chance occurred a minute later, this time Kempster on the right byline, passing a ball across and a Farsley defender intercepting before Andy Bond could pounce with the goal gaping.

On 12 minutes David Ferguson nearly opened the scoring; a deflected shot from the edge forcing Elliot Wynne to tip over his crossbar.

Farsley had a golden opportunity of their own on 16 minutes, a Will Hayhurst free kick curled into the penalty spot and glanced inches wide by Nathan Cartman.

Steve McNulty looked solid at the back on his 500th career league appearance, the centre half blocking a Cartman effort on goal and clearing any danger.

City ended the half in dominant fashion; notably a great passing display down the left wing before a Ferguson cross to the back post which Griffiths got his head to – again forcing the Wynne to save.

York were also unlucky not to grab one in the added time, another trademark Ferguson cross just missing the boot of the oncoming red shirts who would have certainly had a good chance on goal.

City had the opening chance of the second half, Kempster passing inside to Bond, who took the ball to the edge and fired across the box, only for a Farsley defender to clear.

McNulty cleared a goal bound chance on 56 minutes from ex-City player Tyler Walton, who was presented the ball on a plate after a deflection wrong-footed Jameson.

Farsley pushed on after the initial chance, Cartman going through to the right of the goal, but Jameson getting a hand to the ball on the striker’s touch to deny the frontman.

Griffiths struck a thunderbolt on 67 minutes, albeit straight at the ‘keeper and the ball sticking to Wynne’s hands like glue.

City dealt with an onslaught of pressure mid-way through the half and Steve Watson decided to change his side with all three substitutions made by the 77th minute.

However, it was a Farsley substitute who had the best chance of the game, an unfortunate error in defence allowing Parkin and a teammate through on goal – but he opted to round Jameson - the summer signing then sweeping the ball from under his toes in a real display of heroics to keep the game level.

Farsley were in no hurry late on, the West Yorkshire side seemingly happy with a draw. But Sean Newton had other ideas; gaining the ball in midfield and striking from 30 yards onto the inside of the post – agonisingly close for what would have been a phenomenal way to edge a victory.

In the end the game finished a 0-0 stalemate after 6 minutes of injury time; a frustrating night for the Minstermen but starting the season with four points out of a possible six.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty ©, Newton, Ferguson, Moke, Bond (McLaughlin 77’), Green (Langstaff 58’), Burrow (York 72’), Kempster

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Spratt

Farsley Celtic: Wynne, Richards, Baldwin (Parkin 70’), Higgins, Ellis ©, Clayton, Walton, C. Atkinson, Spencer, Hayhurst, Cartman (B. Atkinson 64’)

Unused Substitutes: Trenerry, Walker, Syers

Attendance: 2938 (98 away support)

Referee: Jonny Urwin

Man of the Match (Sponsored by North Yorkshire Law): Pete Jameson

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