York A v. Ben Rhydding A (3-0 win)
York A v. Doncaster A (1-0 win)
York A v. Harrogate A (1-0 win)
The day started well, with the rain holding off and York enjoying the extra sleep and warm-up time permitted by a home fixture at Huntington.
The first match was against Ben Rhydding, and it was soon clear that York had no first Division nerves. They settled into the match, and Charlie and Jamie started to control the midfield, allowing the team to ramp up the pressure on the Ben Rhydding goal. The first goal came from a penalty corner, with Jamie giving the keeper no chance with a shot fired into the right corner. York pushed on from there, with sustained attacks that yielded two 'poacher's' goals - one from Rory, assisted by Roman; and one from Roman, assisted by Rufus. Ben Rhydding managed to muster a few semi-breaks, but they were snuffed out by York's defence and midfield (encouraged by the coach's advice - "run run run run run"). Douglas didn't touch the ball!
Next up was Doncaster, who were looking like the strongest opponent in the group. In the opening phases most of the play was in York's half, with York's defence of Nathan, Fraser, Benjy and Leo working tirelessly to keep Doncaster at bay. But York gradually grew into the match and started to apply pressure on Doncaster, deservedly going one goal up when Thomas scored with a well-placed shot from the top of the D. The match continued with attacks from both sides, including action for the defence and Douglas, and for the midfield (this time advised to "keep running"), to keep Doncaster out and finish with a win and another clean sheet.
The final match was York's chance to banish the 'Harrogate Hoodoo", and they did! York controlled much of the match and created the majority of the opportunities, with Sam and Leo linking up well with some neat one twos, and Archie staying high and keeping the Harrogate defence on their toes. But for quite some time the scoreline remained at 0-0, with Harrogate always a threat on the counter-attack. York kept calm and persisted, and were rewarded with a goal, scored by Roman through the keeper's legs. York then managed to see out the game (no need to remind them about running this time!), with Douglas securing a final seconds save, to see the team finish with their third win from three.