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Red Rewind: Matt double applies the gloss

Red Rewind: Matt double applies the gloss
Red Rewind turns back to January 2012 for York City's most recent visit to Lincoln City, when a new Bootham Crescent favourite was continuing to add to his growing reputation.

Latest goal-hero Matty Blair scored two more goals to take his overall tally for the season to ten as York earned a first league victory in five games with a 2-0 success against Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

Following a disappointing opening half, in-form Blair broke the deadlock with an incisive finish just beyond the hour before adding his second from a near post header eight minutes later.

The visitors earlier included latest signing Scott Brown in midfield, but there was no place in the sixteen for Trinidad & Tobago international Andre Boucaud - fuelling further speculation of an impending move to Fleetwood Town.

That was one of five changes from manager Gary Mills, who saw former York striker Richard Pacquette named on the home bench following his arrival this week.

Both sides struggled to create much during the opening forty-five minutes as newcomer Brown struck an early speculative attempt wide for the visitors and the recalled Jon Challinor scuffed weakly at Joe Anyon following a powerful run.

But it was Patrick McLaughlin going closest for them with a 20-yard free-kick narrowly wide on 36 minutes after a trip on Challinor.

The Minstermen appeared reasonably secure at the back with their struggling opponents being restricted to a couple of wayward shots from Conal Platt and Alan Power before the break.

However, York stepped it up noticeably upon the restart as they attacked towards their own large bank of travelling followers, and McLaughlin hoisted over after Anyon twice punched clear following an inswinging Danny Pilkington corner from the left.

Sixty seconds later the increasingly influential Pilkington drilled across goal after more good work from McLaughlin before the visitors forged ahead on 64 minutes.

Scott Kerr was making a first return to his former club and played a ball into the area for Jamie Reed to have a shot blocked before setting up Blair to finish expertly into the bottom corner.

Goalscorer Blair saw another attempt deflected behind moments later and Pilkington also allowed debutant Brown to have a further shot diverted inches wide.

But a glorious left-footed cross delivered from the right by Pilkington on 72 minutes witnessed the alert Blair neatly glancing in a near-post header to double the advantage.

That nearly became three sixty seconds later as Reed headed another Pilkington cross narrowly over before then immediately driving straight at ex-Harrogate Town loanee keeper Anyon.

Lincoln were really offering nothing in reply, although substitute Danny Lloyd badly miscontrolled and allowed a safe gather for Michael Ingham, who also comfortably held from Power following a first shot on target in added time.

Lincoln City: Anyon, Sinclair, Watson, Williams, Nutter, Thompson, Christophe, Platt (Taylor 70), Nicolau (Lloyd 70), Power, S. Smith (Pacquette 78)

subs (unused): Pearson, A. Smith

York City: Ingham, Challinor, C. Smith, Parslow, Meredith, Kerr, Brown, McLaughlin, Blair, Reed (Chambers 88), Pilkington

subs (unused): Musselwhite, Fyfield, Potts, Ashikodi

Goals: Blair (64, 72)

Ref: S. Duncan

Att: 3,048 (703 York)

Writer:Vital York City
Date:Monday February 27 2017
Time: 10:11PM

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