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Point for reserves against Grimsby

By Ian Appleyard | 11th April 2018

Flynn McNaughton was on the scoresheet as City's reserves drew 1-1 against Grimsby Town this afternoon in the Central League.

The teenage striker, who has been used as a substitute in the last three first team games, put City ahead after 19 minutes when turning home a cross from Vinny Steels.

But Grimsby, under the guidance of former City players Neil Woods and Andy Warrington, secured a point courtesy of a 32nd minute equaliser from striker Rumarn Burrell.

The City line-up included four players who had been involved in Tuesday night's Vanarama National League North defeat at Nuneaton Town - McNaughton, Theo Wharton, Raul Correia, and Steels.

Coach Sean Gregan employed a 4-4-2 system with McNaughton and Correia in attack. Steels, who had made his senior debut as a late substitute against Nuneaton, played on the left wing while Wharton partnered Harry Thompson, who had been given the captaincy, in the centre of the park.

Grimsby, who included only one player with first team experience, hit the woodwork after just four minutes when Wharton's attempted clearance near the corner flag struck Burrell and rebounded onto the top of the crossbar.

City took the lead when Steels beat his marker and delivered a low cross from the left byline that McNaughton turned past goalkeeper Ollie Battersby.

Burrell levelled for the visitors in the 32nd minute, dispossessing centreback Jake Watson on the edge of the penalty area before tucking the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Ryan Whitley.

Thompson nearly won it for City in the 74th minute when his freekick was pushed around the post by Battersby.

York City reserves: Whitley; Dyer, Rogerson, Watson, Lawrence; Haswell, Thompson (C), Wharton, Steels (Harrison 61); Correia, McNaughton (Berry 77). Unused substitutes: Wilton, Overton, Cawthorn.

Grimsby Town reserves: Battersby; Jamieson, Keeble, Powles, Saunders (Hope 67); Sawyer (C), Collins, Richardson (Curran 58), Buckley; Burrell, Poynter (Starbuck 62). Unused substitutes:Pollock.

Referee: Darren Whatling.  

 

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