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York City's return to Football League ends in defeat
5:28pm Saturday 18th August 2012 in Sport
THERE was no fairytale return to the Football League for York City after a 3-1 opening day defeat by Wycombe Wanderers.
A Bootham Crescent crowd of 4,591 celebrated the Minstermen's first game back in the elite 92 clubs after an eight-year absence.
But Wycombe took the League Two spoils having gone 2-0 up at half-time through Matt Bloomfield's deflected 28th-minute opener and a stunning strike from Sam Wood just before the break.
Eight minutes after the interval, the hosts went 3-0 down when Stuart Beavon struck for Wanderers, only for a scrambled Jason Walker goal to give City hope within a minute.
Gary Mills' men were unable to force their way back into the game, although Dan Parslow forced 'keeper Nikki Bull into a superb save from his edge of the box effort.
Meanwhile, City will travel to Rotherham United's New York Stadium in round one of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The tie will be played in the week beginning September 3.