Blair strike enough for York’s progress

FA TROPHY: A 48th-minute goal by Mattie Blair, his 15th of the season, gave York City a place in the quarter-finals at the expense of Ebbsfleet.

York – who now travel to Grimsby on February 25 – had much the better of the first half; Paddy McLaughlin shooting wide and having a shot deflected over the bar.

New signings Erik Tomme and Ben Swallow were soon involved, Tomme having a shot saved and Swallow shooting wide. At the other end, Gozie Ugwu saw Michael Ingham save his low shot.

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York went ahead three minutes after the break when Walker crossed from the left and Scott Kerr got a touch to it before Blair scored at the far post.

Ebbsfleet were almost gifted an equaliser in the 51st minute when a blunder by Chris Doig let in Liam Enver-Marum, but Ingham saved.

Jason Walker hit the post from the penalty spot four minutes from time after Blair had been tripped by Joe Howe.