York City 1-0 Newcastle: Magpies kick off pre-season with defeat to NON-LEAGUE side

York City 1-0 Newcastle: Magpies kick off pre-season with defeat to NON-LEAGUE side as big names Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin struggle to inspire Steve Bruce’s men

  • Newcastle United kicked off their season preparation with a 1-0 defeat to York City
  • The Magpies struggled to inspire despite some big names on the pitch
  • Rare attack in York with five minutes to go saw Michael Duckworth score a fine header

Newcastle got off to a disastrous pre-season start when they were beaten 1-0 by non-league York City.

After struggling to create clear chances throughout the 90 minutes, the Magpies had to pay when Michael Duckworth’s superb header secured the win for the National League North side.

Steve Bruce handed some big names including Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin their first runouts of the season, but they struggled to break down the organized underdogs and were eventually punished.

Newcastle had a disastrous start to the preseason with a 1-0 loss to York City

Jacob Murphy and co struggled to break through the York backline in blistering conditions

Jacob Murphy and co struggled to break through the York backline in blistering conditions

Steve Bruce amassed a host of big names for the outing for the season but was forced to make an early change with Joelinton lasting just 18 minutes before being replaced.

His replacement, Dwight Gayle, was barely sidelined for two minutes when he made a nice through ball for Ryan Fraser, who hit the outside of the post with his lifted effort.

In a relatively calm half-time, York’s Michael Duckworth’s ball in front of the goal forced 20-year-old Magpies keeper Dan Langley to make a decent save behind.

Steve Bruce provided a host of big names for the clash, including Allan Saint-Maximin

Steve Bruce provided a host of big names for the clash, including Allan Saint-Maximin

Callum Wilson (right), Matt Ritchie (center) and Jamal Lowe all came into action for Newcastle

Callum Wilson (right), Matt Ritchie (center) and Jamal Lowe all came into action for Newcastle

Saint-Maximin was by far Newcastle's brightest spark and almost scored a fine solo goal

Saint-Maximin was by far Newcastle’s brightest spark and almost scored a fine solo goal

The Magpies continued the second half on the front foot, but the closest they got to the pre-scheduled drink break was an own goal when Oliver Dyson nearly turned Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross into his own net, forcing the keeper to take the lead. to throw .

The introduction of Saint-Maximin certainly gave Newcastle a spark and he nearly opened the scoring with a stunning solo goal as he grabbed the ball in his own half, beating several players before getting Gayle through but couldn’t quite convert the finish as the striker put it back in front of him.

York threatened to steal the win when Scott Barrow’s deflected effort confused Langley but bounced just wide of the post with five minutes left to play.

And moments later, right-back Duckworth made a great jump and headed past Langley to give the home side the lead.

The home side took the win after Michael Duckworth's beautiful looping header late in the game

The home side took the win after Michael Duckworth’s beautiful looping header late in the game

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