Cards must build on encouraging signs

Brian Caffarey
7:23am, Thu 25th Aug 2016
York City v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 27 August 2016

With only one point from their opening five games, the Cards will be desperate for some joy over the Bank Holiday. There were encouraging signs in the second half against Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend but the side will need to defend better if they are to give themselves a fighting chance at York City on Saturday and at home to Chester on Monday.


Not surprisingly, Garry Hill was frustrated by Woking’s performance against Dagenham. Poor defending saw the Cards concede three goals in the first 19 minutes in spite of a brief bright opening spell. The side then dug in to keep the scores level till half-time and then took the game to Dagenham after the break. Anthony Edgar scored a fine goal to reduce the deficit and the Cards came very close on several occasions to grabbing a second goal – which would have made things very interesting. As it is, the Daggers saw the game out to claim all three points, but the Woking players left the field to warm applause from a good number of Woking fans who had appreciated the way the side had fought back in the second half.

Garry had made a number of changes to the line-up, including the introduction of Charlie Penny up front. Charlie made some excellent runs behind the Daggers’ defence and posed quite a threat, although he might have benefited from more support. Anthony Edgar came into midfield and deservedly won the ‘man of the match’ award, while young Charlie Carter contributed well alongside him. Max Kretzschmar started too and, while he looked a bit short of match fitness, got stuck in. Fabio Saraiva, introduced at half-time, showed again that he has considerable promise, and Gozie Ugwu looked lively when he came on. So, there were indeed some encouraging signs in spite of the disappointment of another home defeat.


Following their relegation at the end of last season manager Jackie McNamara has virtually completely overhauled the Minstermen’s squad. With the considerable assistance of parachute money, he has been able to make over 20 signings this summer, with the aim of having two players available for every position. (How Garry Hill would love that luxury!) The best known are probably the returning Richard Brodie, who scored 34 goals in his previous spell at the club in 2007-10 before a big money transfer to Crawley Town and who turned out for Aldershot Town and Stockport County last term; new captain Simon Heslop, a midfielder with over 300 appearances for a host of clubs, including Luton Town; midfielder Yan Klukowski, signed from Newport County and formerly with Forest Green Rovers; Clovis Kamdjo, a midfielder who has previously impressed against us when playing for Salisbury City and, last season, for Boreham Wood when on loan from Forest Green Rovers; and central defender Matt Fry, one of many players lured away from Braintree Town this summer.

McNamara’s Scottish background is evident in the fact that he has also brought in several players from clubs north of the border, including winger Aidan Connolly, who played briefly under McNamara at Dundee United, and defender Alex Whittle, who was previously at Dunfermline Athletic but who has played since for AFC Telford and Southport. In addition McNamara has raided Boston United for two promising young players, wingers Kaine Felix and Franklyn Clarke.

Simon Heslop was sent off last Saturday and will therefore miss this match.

The Minstermen have had a relatively disappointing start to the season, with one win, two draws and two defeats, including a 6-1 hammering at Gateshead:

Maidstone United 1 York City 1
York City 1 Macclesfield Town 0
York City 1 Boreham Wood 1
Gateshead 6 York City 1
Forest Green Rovers 2 York City 1


York City FC
Bootham Crescent
YO30 7AQ

The Cards Trust has announced that it has cancelled the planned coach because there were too few bookings.

By car

The directions on York’s official website are:

A1 from the South

- Exit the A1 on Junction 44 and continue onto the A64, signposted York.
- Continue for around 10 miles and take the exit onto the A1237.
- Go straight through 4 roundabouts.
- On the 5th roundabout take a 3rd exit onto Shipton Rd/A19
- Continue on the A19 for around 2 miles and take a left onto Bootham Crescent

The guidance re parking is as follows:

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 guidance on York’s website is as follows:

The main station is York, which is situation in the centre of York, 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 you get to York Minster take a left past the Theatre Royal.
- Take the next left down Bootham
- Continue up Bootham and take a right on Bootham Crescent after the Churchill Hotel


Away fans enter Bootham Crescent through turnstiles 14 to 23 in Grosvenor Road, with visiting supporters housed predominantly in an uncovered terrace which is situated behind one goal.

There are also additional covered seats available to away fans in section U of the Popular Stand, immediately to the right of the Grosvenor Road End and running along the side of the pitch.

Admission costs £18.00 for adults and £12.00 for concessions with a £1 charge to transfer to the covered seating.


The Cards are at home to Chester on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August 2016, with a 3pm kick-off. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium and cheer them on to their first home win!

Come on, you Cards!

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