On a fine spring morning, York entertained the familiar opposition of Wakefield; this time in a League encounter. The game started evenly but eventually Wakefield began to look the most dangerous and created a couple of attacks down the wings, both were defused by the diligent Tom Coy and Jack Maeer. Coy’s defensive work was the starting point for a couple of York chances. The first allowed Tommy Cahill and Kaiden Butler to pass through midfield and release Owen Dunckley who saw his shot saved by the Wakefield keeper.
Wakefield were still proving to be very dangerous on the break and the central defenders Tom Algar and Will Hotson made numerous key tackles to keep Wakefield out. Dillon Meehan and Nathan Heaton were working hard in midfield to try and get more control over the game, but Wakefield were still maintaining their pressure on the York defence. Finley Coad who was making his debut for York was introduced into the game. The pressure from Wakefield paid off in the form of a corner. The ball was delivered perfectly to the back post and neatly headed in to make it 0-1. Almost immediately after kicking off Wakefield won another corner. This time, York failing to clear their lines leaving Wakefield with an easy tap in. 0-2.
The second half saw the introduction of Cole Gayles, Ellis Cataneo and Matthew Dawes with Dawes finding some immediate success down the right wing. However once again Wakefield broke through and neatly put it away into the bottom right to make it 0-3. Shortly after kick off York were awarded a free kick just inside the Wakefield half. Algar sent a lofted cross into the box which cleared the defence and bounced over the keeper to make it 1-3. York then had further attacking success. Maeer put through a couple of dangerous balls for the strikers to run onto. Cataneo forced the keeper to make a full stretch save from distance and Butler, Meehan, Dawes and Coad were all now beginning to link up and apply pressure to the Wakefield defence. However it was Wakefield who scored next as they cut York wide open and broke through to make it 1-4. Shortly afterwards Wakefield scored again from a long range shot to make it 1-5.
Wakefield deserved the win but York did not deserve the score line as it didn’t reflect the team performance. On the day Wakefield took their chances and that was the difference.
Scorers – Algar
Man of the Match – Jack Maeer