Date: 24th January 2017 at 12:39pm
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York City travel to Aldershot Town this weekend searching for a similar kind of result to the last time they visited under Gary Mills in September 2012.

York City travel to Aldershot Town this weekend searching for a similar kind of result to the last time they visited under Gary Mills in September 2012.

Recalled striker Matty Blair scored his first-ever Football League goal and Jason Walker soon added a penalty as York City claimed a 2-0 victory against Aldershot Town at the Recreation Ground.

Both goals arrived early in the second-half with Blair opening the scoring on 48 minutes before Walker both won and converted a penalty just four minutes later.

The Minstermen earlier missed a number of chances during a scoreless first-half in which the best opportunity actually fell to their opponents.

Manager Gary Mills made one change from their last game against Cheltenham Town with Blair replacing the dropped Jonathan Smith in midfield. Defender Chris Doig was allowed to face his former club as Clarke Carlisle returned only to the bench – a position that was also occupied in the other dugout by ex-York striker Michael Rankine.

But it was goalkeeper Michael Ingham turning an early hooked effort behind and also gathering a Scott Donnelly shot from the edge of the area as the hosts pressed, although it was still their visitors with the clearest opportunities during the opening stages.

The first arrived from a long ball forward on eight minutes which Jason Walker headed over the crossbar as keeper Jamie Young approached before hurriedly back-tracking. The in-form Michael Coulson then found himself inside the area after Ashley Chambers and Walker combined but Young just managed to divert wide.

However, there was an ever better chance for Aldershot midway through the opening half when a mass scramble inside the area witnessed Ingham twice denying his opponents before Craig Reid struck a post with an open goal beckoning.

The opportunities kept coming. York skipper Chris Smith had a header blocked on the line by Young after Daniel Parslow flicked on a corner delivered by Coulson, who then swept a free-kick straight into the keeper’s arms before also heading over Jamal Fyfield’s cross.

Aldershot striker Reid was next booked for diving until nice work from the visitors had Chambers being released down the left and Walker setting-up Blair to see an effort beaten away by Young. Donnelly also fired a free-kick into the defensive wall at the other end as the opening forty-five minutes somehow ended scoreless.

That soon changed upon the restart and after ex-Swansea City midfielder Donnelly had already drilled over from 30-yards for the home side.

First the excellent Walker released Blair and the recalled striker expertly dummied the keeper and slotted into the far corner for the lead.

Four minutes later Sonny Bradley tried to rectify his own error by pushing Walker inside the area and the centre-forward confidently smashed in his third goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Fine work from the speedy Chambers then witnessed keeper Young blocking a rather scuffed finish before the hosts made a double-change in an effort to find a way back into the contest.

Home striker Reid soon dragged an attempt well across goal before York substitute Jon Challinor forced another stop from Young shortly after replacing Coulson. Chambers again broke at pace for the visitors but his effort lacked sufficient power while Reid drove straight at Ingham in reply and substitute Alex Rodman blazed high.

Aldershot were certainly putting on pressure and forced three successive corners, although it was their opponents putting the ball in the net again through Challinor after keeper Young handled a backpass outside his own area. But that was disallowed for handball.

Indeed the visitors still appeared to be well in control and after the advancing Fyfield went down on the edge of the area without reward, Blair’s cross was only just missed at the far post by Walker, who also hooked over a late chance after holding off the challenge of Bradley.

Aldershot Town: Young, Herd, Tonkin, Morris, Brown (Payne 57), Lancashire, Bradley, Mekki (Rodman 57), Donnelly (Rankine 84), Hylton, Reid

subs (unused): Morris, Branston, Anderson, Appiah

York City: Ingham, Oyebanjo, C. Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Parslow, Blair, McLaughlin, Coulson (Challinor 60), Walker (Johnson 90), Chambers

subs (unused): Musselwhite, Carlisle, Taylor, Bullock, Reed

Goals: Blair (48), Walker (pen 52)

Ref: C. Berry

Att: 2,176 (York 357)