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Bizarre goal sends York through in FA Cup as sliced clearance bounces over Chester keeper

A rather bizarre goal sends York City through in the FA Cup as a sliced clearance bounces over the Chester keeper and into the net.

The Minstermen reached the second round for the first time since 2010 as captain Lenell John-Lewis bagged a brace to see off the team from a league below.

Chester’s George Glendon got a consolation for the National League North side, but it is York who now go on to play host to Wigan, who are the 2013 FA Cup winners, in a televised game on Friday the 1st of December.

YORK CITY: Stockdale, Fallowfield, Cordner, McLaughlin, Akinyemi (78’ Kennedy), John-Lewis ©, Howe, Burgess, Woodyard, Latty-Fairweather, Smith.

UNUSED SUBS: Watson, Duckworth, Dyson, Castro, Kouhyar, Siziba, Barrow, Green.

CHESTER: Stanway, Taylor, Weeks, Burke, Williams, Glendon ©, Whitehouse (82’ Daly), Thomas (46’ Caton), Coates, Roberts, Edwards.

UNUSED SUBS: Davies, Evans, Sparrow, Murray, Heywood, Rosenblatt, Maguire.

“The first half, it was controlled, and I thought that we started the game really well,” York boss Neal Ardley said, as per York Press. “The first 10 to 15 minutes, I thought that we could have been two or three up in that spell.

“Then their game plan stifled us and we became a bit safe, they blocked out the middle area and we were scared to even try and play in there in case we turned it over and they counter-attacked us.

“We had to be a bit more patient and a bit braver at the same time.

“The second half, their manager was giving them a little bit of a shouting at in the dressing room – we could hear it as we came in – and I said to them that we needed to up our game, it’s a Cup game, and they’ve never really laid a glove on us, they’ve had one counter-attacking chance.

“It’s just that shift in mentality. They started with intensity, they played brave instead of panicking and going long, they played through the thirds and we never adapted.

“Credit to them, they’re a good team, and I don’t think that you could tell the difference [between a National League and National League North side] in the first game.

“We know that we’re trying to get better, but we’ve found a way to win.”

York failed in their execution of a similar move in the sides’ goalless draw at Chester earlier in November, with Ardley going on to admit that he had been keen for his side to improve on that this time around.

“I’ve got to take the credit for that!” Ardley laughed. “I don’t normally take credit, but I’ve got to take credit for that!

“We did a lot of video work beforehand and we noticed it in the first game. We did a video and tried it in the first game, but we overhit the cross.

“We did a video today before kick off and I said ‘you don’t even have to, just clip it into Len, let him pin, and if someone wants to come around the front, we work from there’.

“The first one came and I saw the gap and was thinking ‘do it, do it!’ and trying to shout at them, and they executed it brilliantly.

“Whenever we do set-pieces, we don’t always do the same routines. We look at what set-up the opposition have got and what might cause them a problem, and that one, we did the video before, so I’ll take some credit.”

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This is how fans reacted to the bizarre goal which sends York through in the FA Cup as a sliced clearance bounces over the Chester keeper…

@Chris_Davis1997: Some of the worst keeping I’ve seen in a long time. And I’ve watched Lee Camp at Sunderland.

@joshwilliamsDNO: Hahahahahahaha the absolute state of that defending 😂 dead club

@NicoYork: Don’t worry keeper, only 100k at stake 👀😂 #ycfc

@ChrisLukeJones: Fair play a marked improvement for Chester that

@Chris_R1987: Comical from jester 🤣🤣🤣

@JimmyGilbert03: Warra save

@brownbill_joe: My god

@RyanPeters10: Hahahahaha What 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

@Rhyswills18: Most Chester thing ever that the little inbreds

@Josh2107GT: Chester are awful 😂

@SameliteCH4: We’re our own worst enemies

@jaygoulding6: No wonder darlo beat them

@Matt_Walker96: Hahahahaha fucking hell

@gc7il3y: Proper Sunday league team

@andyw_wanna: Very sad 😂

@Charliebwright1: Some way to lose out on 100k @ChesterFC 😅

@___Lonee: Embarrassing that. Clearly not learnt from Saturday

@Charlie57088951: Fun while it lasted

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