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A Bank Holiday double header commences with a trip to 12th place York City as Moors aim to secure a place in the play-offs next month.

A win at Bootham Crescent would assure a top seven birth, as the in-form Blyth Spartans in seventh would be unable to match Moors’ total with just two games of the season remaining.

A point against the mid-table Minstermen could be enough, but Moors would be relying on Spartans to drop points at home to Guiseley. Even a defeat could be enough if the chasing pack fail to win.

After a wretched run of form, Jason Ainsley’s side secured the most important three points of the campaign against Brackley last Saturday courtesy of goals from Ryan Hall and Glen Taylor. The Saints secured their play-off place on Tuesday evening after they came from behind to beat fifth place Altrincham.

York could prove to be tricky opponents for Moors despite their position in the table. Safe from relegation and out of touch with the top seven, Steve Watson’s side are ending the season on a high, tasting defeat just once in their last ten games.

However, they have won just one of their previous six having settled for draws against Boston, FC United, Guiseley and Chester. 


  • York have lost just once in their last ten games having been beaten in seven of their previous ten fixtures.
  • The Minstermen have drawn four of their previous five league fixtures. Before their stalemate with Boston on 23rd March, their last draw was on 4th December against Leamington.
  • Jordan Burrow (11) and Macauley Langstaff (10) have scored 21 of York City’s 52 league goals in 2018/19, 40.4% of their overall total.
  • Moors gained one point from a possible six against York last season, losing 2-4 at home before a 2-2 draw in January 2018, but they claimed a 3-0 victory at The Brewery Field in October 2018.
  • Only Stockport County (19) have conceded fewer away goals than Spennymoor (21) this season.
  • York have won 5 games at home this season after the first half ended in a draw, a league joint-high with Brackley Town.



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The Press’ York City writer Dave Fleet spoke of the danger posed by Moors, as well as talk to Alex Kempster, who spent a spell on loan with Spennymoor earlier this season.

The original article can be found here:

York City assistant-manager Micky Cummins is looking forward to seeing how the club’s defence copes with National League North’s top-three goal scorers.

The Minstermen will tackle 23-goal Glen Taylor when Spennymoor visit Bootham Crescent on Good Friday, before the final two games of the campaign pitch them against Bradford Park Avenue’s Jake Beesley and Daniel Udoh, of Telford, who have both netted 19 times in the league.

Taylor has grabbed 29 goals in all competition this term for the Moors and Cummins will be watching closely to see how on-loan centre-back Jasper Moon, in particular, copes against the division’s most potent frontmen in consecutive contests.

The 18-year-old Barnsley defender has joined City with the view to a season-long loan next season and, on the test ahead, Cummins said: “It’s all part of Jasper’s education because, each game he plays, is seeing him come up against different types of strikers.

“One game it can be somebody fast who plays off your shoulder and wants to get in behind and, then, like this weekend, it can be somebody big and strong like Glen Taylor. Newts (Sean Newton) is enjoying a good spell in the team as well, so we want to see if we can stop them from scoring.

“Every game is a lesson for us and we want to see how far we have come as a group and who can come on the journey with us next season.”

City’s leading league marksman, meanwhile, remains 11-goal Jordan Burrow, who is currently on a barren run of nine games, with Cummins adding: “Alex Ferguson once said ‘attack wins you games, defence wins you titles’ but, this season, those with the top scorers are flying and you do need goalscorers.”

Cummins went on to declare that teenage keeper Ryan Whitley can “make a decent living in the game”, with the City management team offering their full support for the ex-Archbishop Holgate school pupil despite a costly mistake in only his second senior outing during last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Chester.

“He’s a talented, young boy with a bright future if he listens and learns,” Cummins said. “He was the first to hold his hand up and apologise after the game and it’s difficult as a keeper because, when you make a mistake, there’s nobody there to dig you out.

“His response has been fantastic this week and his approach to training has been excellent. He has a composure and attitude that is beyond his years and he’s always looking to improve.

“He works well with the gaffer and myself, as well as all the defenders in the group. He’s taken big strides in the time we’ve been here, and he has a fantastic opportunity to make a decent living in the game.

“We are backing him and trying to fill him with encouragement, as is the goalkeeper-coach (Andy Collett), who has a previous record of working with keepers and moving them on. Ryan is a player who responds better to an arm around him, rather than a rollicking and he will also have a go back at the defenders. He’s a character and one of the good ones.”

From their time in charge of Spennymoor’s National League neighbours Gateshead, Cummins also pointed out that he and City boss Steve Watson are more familiar with the next visitors to Bootham Crescent than they are most sixth-tier sides.

“We know them quite well,” he confessed. “They will play 4-4-1-1 and will have lots of energy and enthusiasm in the middle of the park.

“They don’t take many risks at the back and get the ball up to Taylor with the wide men and midfielders working off him. They are not blessed with technical ability everywhere, but they have quality in the right areas, and they will be on the front foot as they’re in a strong position in the league.

“But we feel there are a couple of areas where we can get at them and we’ve been working on that in training.”

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30/3/19 | NLN | Guiseley 1-1 YORK CITY

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23/3/19 | NLN | YORK CITY 2-2 Boston United


Moors will be familiar with youngster Alex Kempster after the forward spent three months at The Brewery Field earlier this season.

He signed for York City in February 2018 after scoring a hat-trick on trial in a reserve game against Hartlepool United.

A former part-time player at Whitley Bay, Kempster gave up jobs as a PE teacher and barman to go full-time with the Minstermen and duly scored two goals in his first eight first team appearances.

His initial deal expired after the final game of the 2017-18 season but Kempster was rewarded for his performances with a new one-year contract.


Bootham Crescent

York City Football Club

Bootham Crescent 


YO30 7AQ 

Opening Hours 
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm 

Phone: 01904 624447 / 01904 559500          

General enquiries: [email protected] 

Directions to:
York City Football Club 
Bootham Crescent 
YO30 7AQ 

By Car:

A1 from the South
– Exit the A1 on Junction 44 and continue onto the A64 sign posted York. 
– Continue for round 10miles and take the exited onto the A1237. 
– Go straight through 4 round abouts. 
– On the 5th around about take a 3rd exit onto Shipton Rd/A19 
– Continue on the A19 for around 2 miles and take a left onto Bootham Crescent 

A1 from the North
– Exit the A1 on Junction 46 and take the 1st exit onto the A59 
– Continue for around 10 miles and take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto the A1237 
– At the 2nd round about take the 3rd exit onto Shipton Rd/A19 
– Continure on the A19 for around 2 miles and take a left onto Bootham Crescent 

A19 from the North
– Head south on the A19 
– Merge onto the York Road/A19 on the ramp to York 
(Continue to follow A19 for around 21 miles) 
– Go through three roundabouts 
– Turn left onto Bootham Crescent 

A64 East
– Head West on the A64 
– At the roundabout take the 2nd Exit onto A1237 
– At the 2nd roundabout continue forward (2nd exit) onto A1237 
– Go through 5 roundabouts 
– At the next round about take the 1st exit onto Shipton Rd/A19 
– Continue forward for around 2 miles and take a left onto Bootham Crescent. 

– Head north on the A1079 
– At the roundabout on the A64 continue forward to York 
– Continue forward for around 4 miles and take a right onto Foss Islands Rd/A1036 
– Continue for straight on at the next 3 sets traffic lights 
– At the 4th set of lights turn left onto Gillygate/A1036 
– At the traffic lights turn right onto Bootham/A19 
– After half a mile turn right onto Bootham Crescent 

Car Parking

There is no parking at the ground and very limited street parking around the ground. The two nearest car parks are: 

Marygate Car Park, Frederic Street, York, YO30 7DT

This is located on Bootham and is around 800 yards from the ground. 

Bootham Row Car Park, Bootham Row, York, YO30 7BP 

This is located on Bootham and is around 800 yards from the ground. 

Union Terrace Car Park,Clarence Street, York, YO31 7ES 

This is located on opposite York St John’s University on the B136 and is around 800 yards from the ground. 

By Train:

The main station is York which is situated in the centre of the city – around one mile from the ground and a 20 minute walk. 

– Take a left out of the station and follow the road down over the river. 
– Just before reaching York Minster take a left past the Theatre Royal. 
– Take the next left down Bootham. 
– Continue along Bootham and take a right on Bootham Crescent after the Churchill Hotel 

By Bus:

There are a number of ‘Park and Rides’ around the city which take you within walking distance of the ground. 

This is the link to the ‘Park and Ride’ website and these are the following bus services to the ground.

Green Line (No. 2)
Rawcliffe Bar – Museum Street 
0.5 miles from the ground 

White Line (No. 3)
Askham Bar – Rougier Street 
0.8 miles from the ground 

Red Line (No. 7)
Designer Outlet – Train station 
1 mile from the ground 

Silver Line (No. 9)
Monks Cross – Rougier Street 
0.8 miles from the ground 

York City Training Ground address:

York City Training Ground
Wigginton Road
YO32 2RB