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Cheltenham Town 0-1 York City

Diego De Girolamo scored his third goal in four matches as York beat Cheltenham to seal their second win of the season.

The Italian striker, on loan from Sheffield United, steered home Michael Coulson's pass to give the visitors a deserved half-time lead.

The Minstermen then had to withstand a second-half rally from Cheltenham.

Away goalkeeper Aleksander Cisak did superbly to twice deny Byron Harrison, while Terry Gornell sent a free header wide for the hosts.

De Girolamo had earlier smashed a shot against the post and clipped another smart effort inches wide as York dominated the first period.

Deon Burton, making his York debut on loan from Scunthorpe, volleyed over from close-range, while the dangerous Coulson fired just wide.

The Robins livened up considerably after the break - and Gornell should have equalised when he directed a free header from Raffaele De Vita's right-wing cross wastefully off target.

Cisak then parried an excellent shot on the turn from Harrison before keeping out an instinctive strike from the Robins substitute three minutes from time.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I'd like to apologise for the first half performance. I'd like to thank the supporters for even applauding at the end.

"We got bullied, outplayed, they could have had a few goals. We're not kidding ourselves, our first half performance was woeful.

"I don't pick people out but Terry (Gornell) should be scoring at least one of a couple of good chances that came his way.

"It's not about tactics or formations, it's about a bit of desire, and that's probably the only time I've questioned their desire this season."

York City manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio York:

"It's important as a new manager to get off the mark. We were so close at Morecambe the other Tuesday so to see this one out is very pleasing.

"It was certainly a game of two halves, similar to most games I've been involved in at York.

"We dominated the first half and could have should have been out of sight.

"We had that little bit of luck today we've not had in previous games."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 5Brown
  • 15DeamanSubstituted forBancessiat 45'minutes
  • 6Elliott
  • 2Vaughan
  • 16HanksBooked at 10minsSubstituted forDe Vitaat 40'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 8Richards
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 26MarquisBooked at 19minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 59'minutes
  • 10Gornell

Substitutes

  • 9Harrison
  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 18Black
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 28De Vita
  • 29Bancessi

York

  • 29Cisak
  • 2McCoy
  • 5McCombe
  • 15Lowe
  • 3Ilesanmi
  • 20Meikle
  • 10PennSubstituted forSummerfieldat 77'minutes
  • 14Montrose
  • 7Coulson
  • 19De GirolamoSubstituted forHydeat 66'minutes
  • 28BurtonSubstituted forBruntat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Parslow
  • 8Summerfield
  • 13Straker
  • 18Platt
  • 24Ingham
  • 26Brunt
  • 39Hyde
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
2,469

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamYork
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, York City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, York City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (York City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, York City. Ryan Brunt replaces Deon Burton.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hyde (York City).

  8. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Summerfield (York City) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hyde (York City).

  11. Post update

    Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town).

  13. Post update

    Femi Ilesanmi (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, York City. Luke Summerfield replaces Russell Penn.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by John McCombe.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Marvin McCoy.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eusebio Bancessi (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).