As it happened: York City lose their first game at the LNER Community Stadium

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York City
Newton 64 (pen)
AFC Fylde
Sampson 45, Haughton 58, 79
16 February 2020 @ 7pm
LNER Community Stadium

Antony Higgs with your updates

Key updates


A look back on the action in pictures from our cosey press position…

Michael Duckworth apologises for a poor cross field pass
Peter Jameson lines up a goal kick
Luke Burke back on his feet after a clattering from City’s Harry Bunn
Fylde celebrate their second goal of the game
Sean Newton preparing to swing in a freekick
… It finds Redshaw, but agonisingly, it’s volleyed over.
Newton sticks away the penalty into the right hand side of the net to bring City back in the game!
A 7th goal of the season for the York top scoring captain
Nick Haughton celebrates scoring his second worldie freekick of the game with his team mates to put the Coasters 3-1 up
Scott Barrow prepares to go route one into the box
The final whistle blows and both sides leave the field with contrasting emotions
Respect shown from AFC Fylde boss Jim Bentley to City captain Sean Newton
LNER Community Stadium still looking glorious at the final whistle despite hosting a disappointing result for York City.

A look at the league table

So City remain 8th in the National League North a point behind Chorley, but with 5 games in hand over the magpies. AFC Fylde move up to second in the league, 5 points behind league leaders Gloucester with 3 games in hand.

With many teams refusing to play due to concerns over safety, it’s unlikely we’ll be looking at the table very often as the National League seek to find a resolution for finishing the season.

Video: Steve Watson reflects

Manager Steve Watson was in reflective mood after the historic game.

“A lot of things didn’t go right on the night, especially the three goals we conceded, none of which were from open play,” he said.

He said City had a strong squad, with six potential strikers.

“That’s the challenge to all the boys – get in the team, score goals, win games.”

A roller coaster match

So it’s defeat for City in their debut game here. They played well for half an hour in the second half after Sean Newton equalised and it only looked like they would go on to get a second. That suckapunch freekick from Haughton really sucked the tempo out of City though and AFC Fylde come away full value for their victory.

Sean Newton picks up the official club man of the match award, which is about right for his contribution to a spirited come back attempt in the second half.


Two 30-yard freekicks from Nick Haughton and a George Sampson opener see AFC Fylde through to a comfortable victory and York start life in the new LNER Community Stadium with a disappointing 3-1 defeat.

Substitution Fylde


That’s harsh on City who have responded magnificently since going 2 goals down. A freekick is given away in a similar position to the last one but over to the left. It’s that man Haughton who steps up again and this time curls a beauty into the top right corner.

York have been much the better side up until now and will feel hard done by there. 1-3 and that is surely that.

73′ Substitions for AFC Fylde

David Perkins is replaced by Liam Nolan. Redshaw has been giving Perkins a hard time down the right this half and you do feel that was a tactical decision.

Sam Osborne is also replaced by Junior Mondal.

69′ Chance for City from a Freekick

Big chance for City. Redshaw twists and turns down the right and is tripped by Perkins to win a freekick. Newton bends a dangerous set piece to the back post where Redshaw was lurking, but his volley flies over. 1-2

65′ Great save by Jameson!

Great save by Pete Jameson to deny Osborne, who dribbled down the right wing and cut inside to drill a thunderbolt towards the top corner.


Who else but Sean Newton scores the first ever goal for York City at the LNER. He tucks the penalty away with aplomb for his 7th goal of the season after Redshaw did really well to dribble inside the area to win the penalty from a trip.

1-2, game on!


City make two substitutions and Jack Redshaw makes an immediate impact after coming off the bench to win a penalty for City!


What a goal from Nick Haughton. Harry Bunn picks up the first yellow card of the game after a nasty challenge midway inside his own half. From a central position 30 yards from goal, Haughton hits a wonderful freekick over the wall, which bounces back off the post and into the net off the back of Jameson.

It’s 2-0 to Fylde and City’s homecoming is looking like a sad one so far.

53′ Substitute

52′ Tasty challenge by Bunn

Harry Bunn puts a low cross into the area, which is cleared to Burke, who is then clattered by Bunn and a freekick is given. Bunn goes over to either apologise or show his discontent with the reaction… but the physio has entered the field now.

50′ Nearly curtains for Newton

Burke sends a teasing cross into the mixer with no Fylde player attacking it, but Newton’s attempted clearance is sliced and nearly goes in the back of his own net. Jameson does well to read the danger. 0-0

The second half is underway!

The two sides are out and the second half begins with City shooting right to left. Big half for the Minstermen this.

Key battle: Tollitt vs Duckworth

Although the two sides sharing a good amount of chances, it’s this man Tollitt that has given City a whole load of problems down this left hand side. Duckworth has battled and will need to continue doing so against a player clearly in the mood tonight.