After all six clubs validated their entry into the play-offs, York now understand the path which would see them go back to the leading flight of non-league football after three seasons at Step 2.

The Minstermen will host the winner of Altrincham vs Chester – who take on Sunday, July 19 (1.30 pm) – on Saturday, July 25 (3pm) at Bootham Crescent.

Should they advance to the last, they would host either Boston United, Brackley Town or Gateshead on Saturday, August 1.

While fans will have their eye on the other matches taking location and the different possible permutations, here’s a tip of how York have actually formerly fared versus the five clubs whom they may come up against.

Boston United

Boston ended up third after the National League’s points-per-game (PPG) Ordinary Resolution.

The 2 sides dealt with one another two times prior to the routine season was suspended amidst the coronavirus pandemic, with York triumphing at Bootham Crescent while Boston won at York Street.

The first conference came towards completion of York’s unbelievable 19-match unbeaten start to the season.

In the penultimate game of that run in October, the groups met at Bootham Crescent with York prevailing as 2-1 winners to stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

City’s 2 leading scorers this season, Alex Kempster and Jordan Burrow, put York into a two-goal lead after 50 minutes.

Five minutes later, Jay Rollins struck but the Minstermen held on to protect all 3 points.

The reverse component in early February saw York reach Boston behind leaders King’s Lynn and they missed the chance to go back to leading spot in a 3-1 defeat.

It was the very first time that City had actually been beaten by two or more objectives in a competitive video game considering that January in 2015.

York got off to the finest possible start when striker Kurt Willoughby scored for the 3rd time in two video games early on.

However a deflected Frank Mulhern shot counteracted that lead and Brad Abbott and Andi Thanoj secured Boston the points.

Brackley Town

York have actually only faced Brackley once this season, thriving in a 1-0 win at Bootham Crescent.

A spectacular long-range strike from Andy Bond sufficed to protect City their first house win of the season in round three of the season.

Brackley were one of the in-form sides when the season was suspended having actually gone unbeaten in their previous seven video games.

The Minstermen though may take some self-confidence from a strong current record versus Brackley, with four wins tape-recorded from the two clubs’ last 6 conferences.


Altrincham are the only club to have twice beaten York this season, knocking Steve Watson’s side out of both the FA Cup and the FA Prize.

In the space of less than two weeks, Alty scored two 1-0 wins at York at Bootham Crescent in November.

In the first meeting, a late Tom Peers goal ended York’s 19-match unbeaten run while in the latter Peers was once again the sole goal-scorer.

City did have joy when the sides fulfilled in the league though, easing to 3-1 win on the opening day of the season thanks to goals from Jordan Burrow, Joe Tait and a James Jones own goal.

York were set to face the Manchester-club for a 4th time at Bootham Crescent in their next set up match prior the season’s suspension.


Completing ahead of Spennymoor into the final play-off spot after PPG were Chester, the only side out of the 5 that York have finished the double over.

In October, striker Dan Maguire sealed a 1-0 victory for York at the Deva Stadium with his very first objective for the club following his summer season relocation from Blyth Spartans.

City then backed that up with a 4-2 win on house soil with brand-new loan finalizing Kurt Willoughby bagging a double and Sean Newton and Kieran Green likewise on the scoresheet.

Chester have actually not beaten York since a 2-0 defeat in 2000 in the then understood Football League Third Division.


The North East club are the only club in the 5 that York have not beaten this season.

The clubs fulfilled back in late August at Bootham Crescent and Gateshead managed to hold City a 1-1 draw and avoid a fifth straight win. Jordan Burrow’s strike in the 4th minute put York ahead just for Connor Oliver to equalise prior to half-time.

Prior to that August clash, Gateshead had won all 4 of their conferences with York, including a 6-1 knocking on the opening day of the 2016/17 season, in which York would be relegated to the National League North.

Gateshead were 8th when the season was suspended but leapfrogged Spennymoor Town into the play-offs after PPG.