York City 1 v 0 Northampton Town (Skybet League Two)
This season the Football League is celebrating 125 years, as part of the celebrations the Football League is promoting famous players, league stats and classic matches.
Unfortunately, York City’s first game of the season against Northampton Town will not figure on any of the above Football League lists.
York City featured two of their new signings, Richard Cresswell and Ryan Jarvis, whilst Northampton Town had seven of their summer signings Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah, Matt Heath, Gary Deegan, Danny Emerton, Ian Morris and Darren Carter in the starting line up.
In a close game, it was York City who had the upper hand when Ashley Chambers had an early shot that was palmed away by Matt Duke in the Northampton goal. On twenty-eight minutes Chambers had another effort which was comfortably saved by Duke.
Northampton’s only shot of the half came from Gary Deegan, but his effort went just wide of the York City post. This seemed to bring York to life, Craig Clay had an effort at goal, then just before half time York had a goal disallowed.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, however the game turned on three incidents.
The first was a shot by Northampton’s Roy O’Donovan, which hit the underside of the York City crossbar before crashing down onto the line. Both the referee and his assistant were in agreement and said the ball did not cross the line.
The second incident came on seventy minutes, when Richard Cresswell, already on a booking, went to ground in the Northampton penalty area. The referee waved away his claims for a penalty but didn’t take any action against him for simulation, Cresswell later went on to set up the winning goal.
Just two minutes later, the third incident on seventy-four minutes, left the Cobblers reduced to ten men, when Darren Carter was dismissed on his debut for a second yellow card offence.
In the final ten minutes, York made their one man advantage count when Ryan Bowman hit the side netting. York City were not to be denied, on ninety minutes Ryan Jarvis shot passed Matt Duke following a Richard Cresswell knock down, to give York the last minute win.
York City will go into Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Burnley full of confidence following their solid start to the new season.
York City – Ingham, Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk, Davies, Puri, Clay, Platt, Chambers, Jarvis, Cresswell (Subs) Kettings, Bowman, Parslow, Coulson, Montrose, Fyfield, Allan
Northampton Town – Duke, Amankwaah, Heath, Collins, Widdowson, Emerton, Tozer, Cater, Deegan, Morris, O’Donovan (Subs) Snedker, Demontagnac, Hooper, Moyo, Dias, Toney
Goals – (York City) Jarvis (90)
Attendance – 4,388