Lincoln City U18 v York City U18

11am  26 November 2016

EFL Youth Alliance, North East
Lincoln City U18 1 York City U18 1 (att 56)

The first teams of Lincoln and York may be outside the Football League at the moment, but their youth sides are still members of the rebranded EFL Youth Alliance.

Unlike York, who've staged Youth Alliance games at their own training ground for years, Lincoln's youngsters lead a nomadic existence. This was the third home ground I've seen them on, and each one has been a school pitch.

For now at least they're at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, which has a large playing field on Skellingthorpe Road. One side of the pitch is roped off, to keep spectators at bay, and that's about it in terms of facilities, although hot drinks seemed to be available from somewhere inside the distant school buildings.

The game began in bright sunshine, but that soon gave way to cloud, mist and falling temperatures. A goalless draw looked likely until an excellent finish put York went ahead midway through the second half.

The visitors had been the better team, but although they just about deserved the lead they held it for barely two minutes before Lincoln City equalised. No more goals, and overall not a bad game on a chilly morning.







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