Football League Youth Alliance (North East)
at St. John's University, York
York City (0)
Mansfield Town (1) 1
Tom Marriott pen 43
Kieran Price, Alex McMillan, Kyle Tranter, Sam Fielding, Richard Da Groot (Joe Kemp 73), Aaron Brettell, Alex Brotton, Dec Leen (Reece Breslin 57) Ben Hurst, Brad Freer, Nick Kennedy (Aaron Heswell 57)
Unused subs - Matty Parker, Sam Jefferson
Mansfield Town:Adam Bishop, Teddy Bloor, Charlie Shaw, Drew Gibson (Alistair Smith 53), Morgan Ratcliffe, Kieran Harrison (C), Cain Smith, Cameron Healey, Devante Reittie (Surafel Behailu 87), Tom Marriott (Nyle Blake 80), Tyler Johal
Unused subs - Sam Wilson, Kane Baldwin
Owing to York's usual venue having fallen foul to the recent flooding, the game was switched to the 3G pitch at the University on Haxby Road and the surface proved to be a great example of just how fast artificial pitch technology has developed in recent years.
Though the pitch was never going to be a problem today, the game started to be become a hard slog due to the pouring rain that was lashing down from start to finish.
Devante Reittie timed his run well to stay onside as Bloor dropped the ball in front of him from out on the wing, but with the goal at his mercy, the Stags centre forward narrowly failed to connect with an attempted header with the goal at his mercy.
Ben Hurst, who has had several outings with City's first team, came close to opening the scoring twice, but hit the post in the first instance and then headed Alex Brotton's right wing cross wide.
Brotton was evidently one to watch as the home side's defence were always looking to find him with the ball whenever they made a clearance.
Reittie attacked the York goal at pace again and Aaron Brettell had to put the ball out of play to alleviate the danger. Tyler Johal dropped the corner kick into the six yard box where Ratcliffe met it at the back stick but couldn't keep his header on target.
McMillan caught the Mansfield back four out with a long range pass for Hurst to run on to, but Adam Bishop was out in a flash to limit the York striker's options and he rolled the ball wide of the target.
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Tom Marriott (obscured) scores the only goal of the game.
Cain Smith picked the ball thirty yards from goal, weighed up his options and realised that York were defending in numbers, so he opted to go it alone, but put the ball just wide of the target.
Charlie Shaw moved forward down the left flank and chipped the ball deftly towards Healey, who flicked the ball narrowly over the top left hand corner of the York goal.
Inside the last two minutes of the first half, Reittie went to ground as he ran towards the York goal and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and awarded a spot kick for what he saw as a trip by Aaron Brettell.
Marriott stepped forward and though Kieran Price went the right way, but he didn't get anywhere near the ball and the Stags were ahead.
HT: Minstermen 0 v Stags 1
York had obviously regrouped at half time and had more of a physical presence in the middle of the park now, forcing the Stags to play deep in an effort to combat the switch. With the tackles flying in Drew Gibson, so influential in last week's win against Scunthorpe, took a heavy knock and had to be withdrawn, with Ali Smith coming on in his place to add his trickery to the mix.
Brotton was getting a lot of service out on the right from his midfield, but as he ventured forward Shaw nicked the ball from the lively winger and took it thirty yards before launching the ball to Reittie in the York box, Price and Brettell got into a bit of a tangle over who was going to take responsibility for clearing the ball and were luckily to see it roll behind the goal for a corner. Bloor took it, Marriott connected well with the ball, but his crashing shot cannoned off of Da Groot and City cleared their lines.
But they showed their collective mettle and battled well against a home side who were evidently up for the challenge of getting something out of this game. They provided Dempster's young charges with a real challenge, so credit where it's due.
Bloor was penalised for a heavy slide tackle on Brotton and Mansfield were relieved to see Brad Freer's free kick land on the roof of the net as it swung towards the goal.
Kyle Tranter got free down the left flank for York and whipped a low cross into the Stags six yard box that only needed the slightest of touches from one of his team mates, but Bishop went down amongst a scrum of feet and claimed the ball.
Fielding arriving moments too late to claim an equaliser.
With ten minutes to go, the York right back would've been pleased to see the back of Marriott as he was replaced by Nyle Blake, the brother of Tyler (who wasn't available today) and the first thing that the younger Blake sibling did was topple McMillan with a firm but fair challenge to remind the York player that he still had another ten minutes of his shift left to put in and he wasn't going to get an early finish today.
Johal and Blake picked up where Marriott had left off and Mansfield began to pick up their momentum going forward again.
Surafel Behailu was also introduced late, as Reittie who is looked much stronger today as his return to fitness from a spell on the sidelines with injury, which is a massive plus for the Stags with the run in to the season just over the horizon.
Nyle Blake, making his debut, did enough in the ten minutes he was on, to vindicate his promotion to the next tier up in the club's development ranks.
York were obviously disappointed that they hadn't got anything out of the game when the final whistle sounded, but a Stags side who were missing Louis Danquah, Tyler Blake and Zayn Hakeem, had worked damn hard for all three points as a team unit today.
Both sides played well on the day and can be happy that they've got a good calibre of players focusing on making the grade at their respective clubs.
FT: York City Youth 0 v Mansfield Town 1