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Red Rewind: Super York bully rivals

Red Rewind: Super York bully rivals
Following Wembley glory for both clubs this season, Red Rewind turns back to August 2003 and York City's most recent visit to Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town.

The Minstermen impressively maintained their 100% start to the campaign with a well-earned 1-0 victory over their local rivals at the McAlpine Stadium.

Midfielder Lee Bullock's seventeenth-minute winner currently leaves only goal-difference separating them from early Division Three pacesetters Swansea City after a third straight triumph.

York were without player-manager Chris Brass because of suspension and also lost the services of young centre-back Stuart Wise due to a knee injury midway through the opening half.

However, the visitors had already surged ahead when outstanding performer Bullock crashed a twenty-yard shot off the underside of the crossbar.

Huddersfield were in truth enjoying slightly more possession, but so well organised were their neighbours that goalkeeper Mark Ovendale remained virtually unchallenged before the interval.

He was most certainly required to keep out Jon Stead's forceful ten-yard volley as the hour-mark of the contest approached, although Lee Nogan should then have doubled the away advantage when heading straight at Ian Gray.

Substitute Richard Cooper also side-footed wide with the goal at his mercy after fellow midfielder Darren Dunning had already seen a far post header ruled out

But York's attractively flowing style and sheer endeavour meant they fully deserved the points - much to the disappointment of the vast majority in an almost five-figure attendance.

"I'm not surprised by what we have achieved because I know what we are capable of," player-manager Brass told The Press. "Having said that, I can't praise the boys enough because it was another very professional performance.

"After the win against Northampton I said we had seen ten good performances and one great performance. Against Huddersfield I thought we had perhaps six good performances and five great performances. We have to make sure though we continue with these performances and that kind of mix.

"It is only three games and they are gone now," he added. "It's the best possible start but we will be stressing to the players that having done the hard work they mustn't get carried away. Fortunately, they're an intelligent bunch of lads. They trust me and I trust them and they are now starting to believe in themselves."

Indeed City were actually to equal their best-ever start to a season when beating Southend United 2-0 at Bootham Crescent three days later, courtesy of goals from Richard Hope and Liam George.

Sadly that promise wasn't maintained as they managed just six more league wins and were eventually relegated into non-league after finishing bottom of the table.

By contrast, Huddersfield were promoted via the play-offs having defeated Mansfield Town on penalties following a scoreless encounter at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Huddersfield Town: Gray, Booty, Sodje, Yates, Hughes, Thorrington (Schofield 75), Fowler, Carss (Worthington 79), Newby, Stead, Booth

subs (unused): Senior, Thompson, Scott

York City: Ovendale, Edmondson, Wise (Cooper 25), Wood, Hope, Merris, Ward, Dunning, Bullock, Nogan, George (Stewart 85)

subs (unused): Porter, Downes, Davies

Goals: Bullock (17)

Ref: J. Ross (London)

Att: 9,850

Writer:Vital York City
Date:Tuesday May 30 2017
Time: 12:58PM

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