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Ten-man York City youth team hold on after Harry Coates strike
10:44am Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport
TEN-MAN York City under-18s were 1-0 winners over Grimsby Town in the Football League Youth Alliance North East Conference, writes Ben Middleton.
Harry Coates headed the high- flying Minstermites into the lead early in the second half and, despite the controversial dismissal of Ben Weir, the visitors managed to hang on for victory.
York started well and pressed high for the first ten minutes, winning every first and second ball.
However, Grimsby started to apply some pressure and forced York to play long balls, which were easily cut out by the back four and midfield, making it difficult for the front three to hold the ball up.
Grimsby enjoyed a lot of space in the middle of the park, but York defended well and kept the home side at bay, battling to keep a clean sheet until half-time.
A great save by York’s Josh Archer from a deflected shot was vital in keeping the scoreline blank.
York pushed higher up the field in the second period, giving Grimsby no time to dwell on the ball at the back or in midfield.
That pressure resulted in a corner from the left and Coates made a good run to head the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net.
York looked comfortable at the back until a free-kick was awarded wide on the left. It prompted a struggle between Weir and a Grimsby player, with the linesman claiming he saw a swinging arm from the York player who was sent off.
City reshuffled to leave only Chris Dickinson up top, with Rob Moncur dropping back into midfield and defending well.
York still managed to keep the ball well, playing it around at the back four and midfield.
A great line from the back four stopped Grimsby from playing out from the back with their attempted long balls.
York were still attacking when the final whistle came.
A superb win against a good Grimsby side, secured by York’s first clean sheet of the season, leaves them joint-top of the table after rivals Doncaster Rovers could only draw.
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