So City fans will have to watch their side play 6th tier football for the 4th season running. It’s a truly heartbreaking situation for a club that seemed to be dead certs to be promoted this season. Not to mention that this could be the last ever game at Bootham Crescent.
Let’s see what fans have had to say on twitter…
Always altrincham isnt it… Didnt play Well, didnt create chances… another season in this league, what a shit day #YCFC
— Brian (@BrianLFC__) July 25, 2020
Well that's it, and for Bootham Crescent too. Would be nice to think York will rebuild, become stronger, but I doubt we can. Tonight we must remember that we, us, the fans, are York City FC not that lot. At some point the leadership, the love, the pride will return…#ycfc pic.twitter.com/pNErY5Or11
— Tony Cole (@Yorktone) July 25, 2020
To finish top of the league and not get promoted, but watch two other teams go up instead. That's hard. Another season of grind to come #ycfc but at least we're going in the right direction. Good luck Alty.
— Alastair Ross (@Alastair_Ross) July 25, 2020
Is Harry Redknapp still looking for a club to buy? #ycfc
— Craig Ratcliffe (@craigratcliffe) July 25, 2020
— Waggon & Horses (@WaggonYork) July 25, 2020
If that is the last game at Bootham Crescent, would like to think there will be some kind of big send off for the place, so many memories (good & bad) have been created at that place #ycfc
— Thomas Feaheny (@ThomasFeaheny) July 25, 2020
Roll on next season. Hopefully Watson will hang around #ycfc
— Mark Hallett (@hallymally48) July 25, 2020
Steve Watson blamed poor finishing for the manner of his side’s disappointing defeat today. He has said while it is heartbreaking to be playing another season in the National League North, the quick turn around with the new season will mean there is no time for heads to go down and is confident his side can pick up momentum in the new season.
One player who has definitely stood out for City today has been left back David Ferguson. His crossing ability is clearly a strength that Watson wanted to utilise, as everything seemed to come through him in most of York’s attacking threats. Despite plenty of dangerous crosses whipped into the Altrincham box, there was nobody who could turn home and that must be frustrating for the defender.
Heartbreak for York City. A third home defeat in a row to Altrincham means they will have to play in the National League North for the fourth consecutive season.
City are attacking with urgency, as Ferguson does well to weave his way into the box. He is blocked off before he can shoot. The resulting ball into the box is caught by Thompson and the danger clears.
Ferguson crosses once more into the box, the ball is headed out to Bond on the edge of the D who takes a first time shot. It’s over the stand. It’s just not their day!
6 minutes to find 2 goals, this is probably the toughest ask in the club’s history.
City try to work an attack on the right edge of the penalty area. Langstaff drives a good looking cross to the near post with City bodies flying to get on the end of it, but Thompson comes out bravely once more to catch.
He is receiving some medical attention after another collision with the playing field.
A ball is flicked up towards the penalty spot, the keeper comes to college and Burrows nearly connects to head it over him. He just misses and Thompson collects.
Goal scorer Josh Hancock is replaced by Sean William as Alty look to see the game out. Elliot Durrell is also replaced by Craig Mahon
City immediately attack from the kick off, as a central cross tries to find Burrows but there are multiple Alty shirts in the way of it. City need a spark of creativity here.
Hampson finds a lovely cross for Hancock to head onto the bar, and follow up is drilled home by the substitute Tom Peers and City are 2-0 down here.
Andy Bond replaces Adam Buxton as Watson looks to find a way back in. We have entered the final 15 minutes
Alty keeper Thompson does well to pick out a Ferguson cross under pressure from Buxton, he takes a thud from the grass in the proccess and Alty win a freekick.
Simon Richman replaces Andy White for Alty.
It really should be 1-1.
Some lovely work down the left hand side from Buxton, who drills a low shot-cross into Kempster from 5 yards out with all of the goal to aim for. He can’t turn it home though and hit’s the advertising boards.
Big chance for City. Nice work from Ferguson and Kempster on the right hand side ends in a Ferguson pinpoint cross into the area. It finds Buxton who seems to squint as it hits his head and it bobbles just wide of the right hand post. A bit more conviction and that could have been the equaliser!
Tom Peers replaces the booked Daniel Mooney as we enter the second drinks break. City really need to pick the pace up if they are to find a way through here. It’s all Altrincham.
Adam Buxton tries to find a way through but is blocked off on the edge of the Alty penalty area. He goes down, but Alty play on and nearly find a way through with Durrell on the edge of the City box. His shot is blocked, and Jameson picks up.
It’s too easy for the visitors, as another Altrincham attack finds Daniel Mooney on the penalty shot in a shooting position, but blazes over the bar. You feel a second is coming for Alty if City don’t find a way through soon.
What a chance for Alty. Durrell is found at the near post and his shot goes agonisingly wide at Jameson’s near post.
Altrincham are really pushing City here.
A city corner is cleared as far as Newton, whose shot is blocked and falls kindly for Mooney on the break. He sprints into the York half with defenders back tracking, and tries to catch the keeper off his line with a speculative effort from about 40 yards. The shot is scuffed and Jameson picks up.
Adriano Moke and Dan Maguire replace Keiran Green and Paddy McGlaughlin
It’s a lively start to the second half, as McLaughlin has a shot blocked, before Alty come up the other end and nearly find a way through to Durrell one on one with the keeper. City get bodies back well and the resulting shot from Moult is deflected over the bar.
City win a freekick again on the right hand side of the box. Ferguson puts another fantastic ball on the centre spot and finds the head of Kempster. His glancing header goes wide of the right hand post with the keeper stranded.
A teasing freekick to the backpost from Griffiths comes of an Alty head and out for a corner.
The resulting corner comes in from the right and finds Tait, who curls it back across goal but the ref deems it out of play.
City will kick us off for the start of the second half… big 45 minutes coming up!
Some half time tweets, and the pessimism is kicking in amongst some fanatics…
Gotta get better here and take the chances…#YCFC
— Del O'Brien (@brien_del) July 25, 2020
Need a big 45 mins!! No silly fucking sending offs in 2nd half! #ycfc
— ⚽YCFC⚽ (@YCFC1972) July 25, 2020
Going for half-time run to escape the frustration of that first half! Come back fighting York! #ycfc
— Graham Walton (@gres764) July 25, 2020
Well we dreamed. 1-0 down at HT can’t see us recovering 🤣 darlo away next season it is lmao #ycfc
— Ben Hodgson (@RedBlueArmy1997) July 25, 2020
Biggest chance of the first half fell to Kempster as it bounced up nicely for him early on. Should have buried it but sadly skied over the bar. Big chance. Ferguson yet again has caused all sorts of problems down the left hand side. Need to get on the end of those crosses #ycfc
— Jorvik Radio (@JorvikRadio) July 25, 2020
Most important 45 minutes of the season coming up (so far). Put it all on the line boys #ycfc
— Jon Taylor (@JonTango) July 25, 2020
Too late for a null and void vote? #ycfc
— Morgan Bruce (@_morgan_bruce) July 25, 2020
City have looked dangerous in spells, particularly down the left hand side, but it’s Altrincham who lead at the break thanks to an early goal from Josh Hancock.
The Minstermen have had their chances, particularly two close efforts from Kempster, but other than that they have been restricted to shots from outside the box.
Steve Watson’s team have it all to do in the second half, a big 45 minutes coming up.
After being subject to a bad challenge earlier, this time Mooney finds his name in the book after a similarly nasty looking challenge on David Ferguson.
A teasing low cross from the right hand side finds the right foot of Hulme, but the shot is blazed over the bar. He has looked very dangerous today for the Robins.
You have to say when Alty attack, they look the more dangerous of the two.
This time Hancock receives the ball wide left. He put’s a teasing ball into Hulme, who scuffs his shot and City clear.
Alty have a corner now… it comes to nothing and Newton heads away for an Altrincham throw in.
Alty immediately respond, as a cross from the left hand side is in need of a palm over the bar by Jameson. The resulting corner goes straight out of play from Mooney.