York City beat Sheffield United 2-0 in final pre-season friendly at Bootham Crescent

York City sign off pre-season with battling Blades win

York City sign off pre-season with battling Blades win

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YORK City signed off their pre-season programme with an encouraging 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bootham Crescent.

Ryan Jarvis grabbed both goals to ensure the Minstermen go to Tranmere for their Skybet League Two opener next Saturday in the best possible heart.

With Jake Hyde and Femi Ilesanmi having picked up ankles knocks in the Nottingham Forest game in midweek, manager Nigel Worthington left them out of his squad entirely, bringing in goalkeeper Michael Ingham, Dave Winfield to partner Keith Lowe in defence and Cameron Murray.

The best chances of the opening 45 minutes fell to defenders – Lowe forcing an acrobatic save out of Mark Howard on 21 minutes after meeting Russell Penn’s floated free kick with a bullet header at the far post.

And Blades skipper Chris Basham was shaking his head in disbelief after nodding past the far post on 32 minutes when found in stride by Craig Alcock’s cross from the right.

The Minstermen took the lead ten minutes into the second half with a goal credited to Jarvis.

Meike's corner from the right glanced off the head of Winfield and following some pinball in the box, the ball rebounded off Neil Collins to the former Torquay striker.

The former Torquay striker’s first goalbound attempt, shot after a superb piece of control, was blocked on the line but he got the ball past Howard at the second time of asking after his header deflected off Collins.

It was almost certainly an own goal, but was given to the City striker.

Daniel Parslow, making his return from a cruciate ligament injury last November, came on with a raft of City substitutes at the hour mark and dropped in at right back.

Jarvis could have had a second shortly after but his weak shot at the far post fell harmlessly to Howard.

But he did grab another on 67 minutes. United gave away possession cheaply and the City striker was left running at the defence.

He played in a fast supporting Meikle on his right and the summer signing could have shot but, instead, took a touch and played it back inside to the centre of the penalty area, where Jarvis dispatched his shot into the roof of the net.  

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3:35pm Sat 2 Aug 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I broke with tradition this afternoon and went to Bootham Crescent to see a friendly match. It was OK, nothing special, but at least we won. We dont play a lot of football these days, its mostly long balls upfield. Of the new players I thought that Winfield looked a solid signing. Meikle looks to have plenty of skill, if you give him time on the ball. But not many teams in Division 2 will allow him that freedom. Mid-field is often bye passed, so we didnt see much creativity from that area. Nice to see Jarvis getting a couple of goals again, and Danny Parslow back on the pitch once more. The real season starts next Saturday at Tranmere, that will be a much sterner test than today. Strange to be at Bootham Crescent seeing more away fans than home fans.
I broke with tradition this afternoon and went to Bootham Crescent to see a friendly match. It was OK, nothing special, but at least we won. We dont play a lot of football these days, its mostly long balls upfield. Of the new players I thought that Winfield looked a solid signing. Meikle looks to have plenty of skill, if you give him time on the ball. But not many teams in Division 2 will allow him that freedom. Mid-field is often bye passed, so we didnt see much creativity from that area. Nice to see Jarvis getting a couple of goals again, and Danny Parslow back on the pitch once more. The real season starts next Saturday at Tranmere, that will be a much sterner test than today. Strange to be at Bootham Crescent seeing more away fans than home fans. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 1

9:51am Sun 3 Aug 14

poppyroad says...

enjoyed yesterday. I'd be more worried if I was Clough with that defence.
they were good for Jarvis - but he won't have such an easy time for the rest of the season. Clear we have more quality than last season
- if Winfield is going to sit on the bench/ Fletcher to return/
Hyde & Ilesanmi due to start @ Tranmere
Most impressed with Tasker - if he's our first choice left winger/ midfielder he's a useful full back!
enjoyed yesterday. I'd be more worried if I was Clough with that defence. they were good for Jarvis - but he won't have such an easy time for the rest of the season. Clear we have more quality than last season - if Winfield is going to sit on the bench/ Fletcher to return/ Hyde & Ilesanmi due to start @ Tranmere Most impressed with Tasker - if he's our first choice left winger/ midfielder he's a useful full back! poppyroad
  • Score: 4

2:53pm Sun 3 Aug 14

FortessBC says...

I went to the game on saturday and got my first look at the new squad. I thought the game for a friendly was good and was enjoyable to watch. I don't subscribe to the above comment regarding long ball stuff, there was some nice passing moves at times and there was certainly no more long ball stuff than last season. In the absence of Femi I thought Straker did a reasonable job at left back and he clearly has quality when he has the ball. Meikle was good and kept the ball intelligently. Jarvis deserved his 2 goals for his tireless running and may have earned a starting spot next week. My best praise goes to Tom Platt who I thought was excellent and made some good runs and was very physical when he had to be (is it me or has Tom bulked up a bit and got greater upper body strength?) I feel optimistic after seeing yesterday without Femi, Hyde, Fletcher & Summerfield. It all cranks up a notch now ahead of Tranmere
I went to the game on saturday and got my first look at the new squad. I thought the game for a friendly was good and was enjoyable to watch. I don't subscribe to the above comment regarding long ball stuff, there was some nice passing moves at times and there was certainly no more long ball stuff than last season. In the absence of Femi I thought Straker did a reasonable job at left back and he clearly has quality when he has the ball. Meikle was good and kept the ball intelligently. Jarvis deserved his 2 goals for his tireless running and may have earned a starting spot next week. My best praise goes to Tom Platt who I thought was excellent and made some good runs and was very physical when he had to be (is it me or has Tom bulked up a bit and got greater upper body strength?) I feel optimistic after seeing yesterday without Femi, Hyde, Fletcher & Summerfield. It all cranks up a notch now ahead of Tranmere FortessBC
  • Score: 9

4:00pm Sun 3 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

MY first pre season also & overall I was happy with what I saw we have several players who look like they can take a ball at feet & run at defenders. Impressed with Winfield also. More concerned with midfield other than Platt as Penn was nowhere near the player seen against Fleetwood but at least a good performance from an energetic Platt gave hope for better quality midfield to move the ball through though Lewis was much the same with little acceleration to meet the ball or chase down threats. Nice to see Dan P who was a lot less rusty than I expected with some good touches. Shame the gate was not better from York but I suspect if it was much less to go we would have a lot more curious fans willing to spend the afternoon at BC. I dare say Mr Clough was not best pleased but I have no Idea if that was anywhere near his top 20 players we saw any experts on SH Utd?
Still it looked promising for us Cmon City!!!
MY first pre season also & overall I was happy with what I saw we have several players who look like they can take a ball at feet & run at defenders. Impressed with Winfield also. More concerned with midfield other than Platt as Penn was nowhere near the player seen against Fleetwood but at least a good performance from an energetic Platt gave hope for better quality midfield to move the ball through though Lewis was much the same with little acceleration to meet the ball or chase down threats. Nice to see Dan P who was a lot less rusty than I expected with some good touches. Shame the gate was not better from York but I suspect if it was much less to go we would have a lot more curious fans willing to spend the afternoon at BC. I dare say Mr Clough was not best pleased but I have no Idea if that was anywhere near his top 20 players we saw any experts on SH Utd? Still it looked promising for us Cmon City!!! joejamestom
  • Score: 4

5:39pm Sun 3 Aug 14

FortessBC says...

joejamestom wrote:
MY first pre season also & overall I was happy with what I saw we have several players who look like they can take a ball at feet & run at defenders. Impressed with Winfield also. More concerned with midfield other than Platt as Penn was nowhere near the player seen against Fleetwood but at least a good performance from an energetic Platt gave hope for better quality midfield to move the ball through though Lewis was much the same with little acceleration to meet the ball or chase down threats. Nice to see Dan P who was a lot less rusty than I expected with some good touches. Shame the gate was not better from York but I suspect if it was much less to go we would have a lot more curious fans willing to spend the afternoon at BC. I dare say Mr Clough was not best pleased but I have no Idea if that was anywhere near his top 20 players we saw any experts on SH Utd?
Still it looked promising for us Cmon City!!!
I spoke to a Sheff Utd fan after the game and asked if it was a youth team squad or had he rested his regular first teamers. His response was " No, it was our first team squad and we were just sloppy and not very good!" I walked home feeling quite encouraged. I agree with your comment on Winfield also, I thought he was good and he is a man mountain, a no nonsense defender.
[quote][p][bold]joejamestom[/bold] wrote: MY first pre season also & overall I was happy with what I saw we have several players who look like they can take a ball at feet & run at defenders. Impressed with Winfield also. More concerned with midfield other than Platt as Penn was nowhere near the player seen against Fleetwood but at least a good performance from an energetic Platt gave hope for better quality midfield to move the ball through though Lewis was much the same with little acceleration to meet the ball or chase down threats. Nice to see Dan P who was a lot less rusty than I expected with some good touches. Shame the gate was not better from York but I suspect if it was much less to go we would have a lot more curious fans willing to spend the afternoon at BC. I dare say Mr Clough was not best pleased but I have no Idea if that was anywhere near his top 20 players we saw any experts on SH Utd? Still it looked promising for us Cmon City!!![/p][/quote]I spoke to a Sheff Utd fan after the game and asked if it was a youth team squad or had he rested his regular first teamers. His response was " No, it was our first team squad and we were just sloppy and not very good!" I walked home feeling quite encouraged. I agree with your comment on Winfield also, I thought he was good and he is a man mountain, a no nonsense defender. FortessBC
  • Score: 5

9:38am Mon 4 Aug 14

poppyroad says...

apologies for not being able to spell STRAKER
- & Platt does look like he's both bulked up & got more mobile.
Perhaps he's got this 'man body' thing the 5 Live Boxing commentators kept banging on about at the Commonwealth Games.
apologies for not being able to spell STRAKER - & Platt does look like he's both bulked up & got more mobile. Perhaps he's got this 'man body' thing the 5 Live Boxing commentators kept banging on about at the Commonwealth Games. poppyroad
  • Score: 0

8:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Encouraging performance. The player that surprised me most was young Ben Hurst. Not frightened to get stuck in and not overawed by the opposition. Almost teed up Jarvis with his first contribution after robbing their defender. Hope we can work with him and get him into the reckoning for future squads.
Encouraging performance. The player that surprised me most was young Ben Hurst. Not frightened to get stuck in and not overawed by the opposition. Almost teed up Jarvis with his first contribution after robbing their defender. Hope we can work with him and get him into the reckoning for future squads. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 4

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