As it happened: York City lose their first game at the LNER Community Stadium
Newton 64 (pen)
Sampson 45, Haughton 58, 79
LNER Community Stadium
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Photos: YORK CITY 1-3 AFC FYLDE
A look back on the action in pictures from our cosey press position…
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.
FULL TIME: YORK CITY 1-3 AFC FYLDE
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.
80’ GOAL! YORK CITY 1-3 AFC 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.
64′ GOAL! YORK CITY 1-2 AFC FYLDE
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!
63′ PENALTY FOR CITY!
City make two substitutions and Jack Redshaw makes an immediate impact after coming off the bench to win a penalty for City!
55′ GOAL YORK CITY 0-2 AFC FYLDE
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.
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.