YEOVIL old-boy James Berrett earned York City their first points of the season after his second-half goal secured a 1-0 home win.

Berrett’s deflected 63rd-minute strike also condemned the Glovers to a sixth straight defeat as City held their nerve to get off the mark in their third Sky Bet League Two contest.

The goal, meanwhile, represented Berrett’s second since his summer move from Somerset.

Earlier, City had given a debut to second-year scholar Ben Godfrey, who replaced the injured Luke Summerfield for the first change to Russ Wilcox’s first XI since the start to the season.

A cagey opening saw few clear-cut chances at either end with Berrett flashing a 15-yard shot over and Vadaine Oliver’s ambitious long-range attempt deflected wide.

Yeovil’s threat was minimal although Harry Cornick rode a Russell Penn challenge on 18 minutes before seeing his angled drive find the sidenetting following Dave Winfield’s block.

Another Berrett shot was also diverted wide off a Yeovil defender and a positive, 25-yard, half-volley from Godfrey, who was willing to seek and receive possession throughout, missed the target on 34 minutes.

Visiting keeper Artur Krysiak was called into the first save of the night on 40 minutes and did well to smother a six-yard Stephane Zubar shot after the ball had fallen to the on-loan Bournemouth defender’s feet.

Kyrsiak dirtied his gloves again moments later when he dived low to his left to push Penn’s 20-yard drive behind.

City wing-back Marvin McCoy’s edge-of-the-box volley then almost uprooted the corner flag on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors called Scott Flinders into action for the first time on 54 minutes when the City keeper beat away Cornick’s angled shot at his near post after the officials ignored appeals for a foul on McCoy.

David Tutonda, meanwhile, drove well wide from 25 yards for the Minstermen before Penn went close from a similar distance.

It was Berrett, though, who broke the deadlock on 63 minutes.

The ball bounced to the attacking midfielder 20 yards from goal and his shot, aimed at Krysiak’s bottom right-hand corner, took a massive deflection to spin in the opposite direction and leave the deceived Glovers keeper helpless.

Mark Beck signalled a threat at the other end when his volley from an acute angle dipped over Flinders’ bar on 70 minutes.

But another Berrett chance drifted wide from 20 yards for the Minstermen and substitute Jake Hyde also saw a drilled shot saved by Krysiak’s legs.

There were some nervy moments before City fans could celebrate a welcome victory but, after Wes Fogden drove narrowly over from 20 yards in the second minute of stoppage time, the points were safe.

York: Flinders, Lowe, Winfield, Zubar, McCoy, Penn, Godfrey (Nolan, 68), Berrett, Tutonda, Oliver, Thompson (Hyde, 72). Subs not used: McCombe, Straker, Carson, Ingham, Platt.

Yeovil: Yeovil: Krysiak, Arthurworrey, Sokolik, Lacey, Roberts, Wakefield, Fogden, Bird (Compton, 69), Smith, Beck (Sowunmi, 82), Cornick (Allen, 77). Subs not used: Jeffers, Weale, Gibbons, Burrows, Sowumni.

Attendance: 2,849 (186 from Yeovil).