FA Cup, Third Round
York started brightly and could’ve been two up in the first 10 mins. After that Bolton asserted their authority for the rest of the half without creating many chances which was a credit to York’s defence.
Keegan Spain ’82 moment … and soon became a classic ‘if only’. Moments later at the other end Parslow didn’t control a cross, the ball falling to Davies to blast home from close range. It was desperately unlucky and the resulting advantage unmerited. Elmander doubled the lead with a superb shot from the edge of the box. Plucky York were worth a replay at the very least.
After eight rounds, that’s the end of the FA Cup trail for me for another season. I’m already one station past my stop. I will return for Chorley v. reformed Chester and a perhaps some FA Vase action, two unlikely beacons in the February gloom. It’s time to get back to my grass roots.
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A simple blowdry would’ve been more than sufficient – in the style, perhaps, of John Byrne, York marksman from the 80s, pictured in today’s programme. Well, perhaps not …
Over and out: Spare a thought for Dover, the only real minnows left in the competition. They get the worst possible sort of draw – away to a distant, unglamorous club (Huddersfield) they’re unlikely to beat – then go two down in the first eight minutes. Game over. Further adding to the anti-climax, the biggest game in their history is deemed by ITV to be worth no more than a minute of coverage at 11.30pm.
Pedant’s corner: There’s no such thing as a “potential” banana skin. All such slips – whether in an FA Cup or elsewhere – are potential.
Making a stand: I passed the home of Ripon City Magnets one recent Saturday. Sadly, no match was in progress but I couldn’t resist stopping to get a snap of the only pre-war wooden stand in the north - or something like that. (Must stop. Getting all dewy-eyed, now).