York Schoolboys today entertained Hambleton & Richmond in a friendly fixture , this game was made more interesting due to Hambleton been managed for the day by the parents of two former York Schoolboys players, so there was plenty of rivalry as Hambleton kicked off.
Hambleton started positively and York were fortunate not to conceded within the first five minutes, this sparked York into action who forced a corner from which Danny Allinson’s shot went over the crossbar. York now started to exert more pressure on the Hambleton defence and chances from Rob Guilfoyle and Manni De Nobriga were well saved by the Hambleton keeper. Hambleton were now trying to catch York on the break but defenders Lucas Frankish, Lucas Wilson, Will Anderson and Nick Hutton kept the forwards quiet. Another York corner saw Robbie Simpsons goal bound header well saved by the Hambleton keeper on the goal line. York were now starting to play flowing football with Nick Hutton & Charlie Jebson King linking up well to send Rob Guilfoyle on a run to get in behind the Hambleton defence who then found Joe Crosby, who’s shot is well saved again by the Hambleton keeper.
The start of the second half saw the Hambleton midfielders taking control, winning a couple of free kick in dangerous positions, which were both well dealt with the York defence. York’s best effort of the second half came from a corner which was cleared to the edge of the area to Charlie Jebson King who’s first time shot flew just the wrong side of the post. York continued to press the Hambleton defence during the second half without creating any clear cut chances, and with stout defending the game ended as a goalless draw.
This was a hard fought draw with York probably having the better of the chances without managing to score for the first time this season, defensively it was encouraging to keep a clean sheet.
This was a good test for the York squad who face a challenging fixture next Saturday against Harrogate & Craven in the quarter finals of the cup.