STOKE CITY FC 3 YORK CITY 1 FA Cup 3rd Round
Conference side York arrived at The Brit just on kick off time 3.00pm,having been delayed on the M62 by adverse weather.The match started half an hour late,the visitors with a 4,500 following,all looking for a cup shock
Stoke were indeed shocked by the non-league visitors who took the lead from a Lawless freekick,Barnett netting(22mins).Stunned silence amongst the home faithful was soon replaced by cheers as within a minute or so the Potters,first equalised then took the lead.Both goals resulted from Delap long throw ins.The first was an own goal by Parslow (24mins),the second a Court header finished off by Ricardo Fuller (26mins).
From a foul on Fuller -easily Stoke's liveliest player in the first half- Matty Etherington's freekick curled beautifully around the defensive wall into the top corner of the net (58mins).
With 20 minutes to go Tuncay replaced Beattie,and Sidibe came on for Fuller 10 minutes later,as Stoke played the game out with little threat from the visitors.
Stoke : Sorensen (Simonsen 45min),Huth,Cort,Higginbotham(Capt),Collins,Etherington,Whitehead,Delap,Lawrence,Beattie,Fuller