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York City vs Altrincham postponed due to Coronavirus fears

York City’s match against Altrincham scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, with members of both teams showing potential symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Despite several matches across the National League and National Leagues North and South set to go ahead, a joint decision was made by York and Altrincham to call off the game at Bootham Crescent.

A statement on the York City website posted late last night read: “York City and Altrincham have taken the joint decision to postpone their National League North fixture scheduled for tomorrow.

“This is due to employees of both teams recently self-isolating after showing potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

Yesterday afternoon, the National League had stated that matches in its three divisions would proceed as planned.

This was in spite of matches in the Premier League, the Football League, and the Women’s Super League, amongst others, being postponed by the FA until Friday, April 3, at the earliest.

York City has also released another statement relating to coronavirus. Fans are asked to observe advice on handshakes and other interactions with players. Supporters displaying flu-like symptoms should stay at home.

The statement reads: “As a club, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and are aligned with the most recent Government, FA and National League guidance.

“It’s important that the club, players and fans do their bit to help to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, in a calm and informed way.

“Therefore, we have taken measures to improve hand-washing facilities at Bootham Crescent and ask that fans are mindful of the current situation, in relation to requesting handshakes, autographs, and pictures with players.

“With the health of players, fans and staff in mind, we would ask that anyone showing flu-like symptoms please stay at home.

“As and when we receive further information we will share with fans.”

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Sharp returns to the York City Knights squad while Ford unsure if he will feature against Halifax

Will Sharp has returned to the York City Knights squad which will visit his former club Halifax tomorrow afternoon.

The winger, who joined York from Halifax during the close-season following four seasons with the Blue and Whites, missed last weekend’s Coral Challenge game at London Broncos thanks to a hamstring injury suffered against Leigh Centurions.

Fellow outside back Jason Bass made the squad for the London game but injury prevented him from playing any part within the 24-22 victory that secured the Knights a fifth-round match against Rochdale Hornets.

Like Sharp, Bass is battling a hamstring strain, which head coach James Ford described as a minor knock.

The Knights boss was unsure whether either of the pair would feature this weekend at the Shay, but are likely to be fit the club’s first home match of the 2020 Betfred Championship against London on March 8.

Winger Perry Whiteley remains sidelined with a foot injury and, should neither Sharp or Bass be fit, Ford may call upon dual registration winger Lewis Carr.

The Castleford Tigers youngster and former Yorkshire ‘Origin’ representative featured for the Knights during pre-season against Halifax last month.

Prop forward Joe Porter misses out on a spot within the 21-man squad as his struggles with an ankle knock continue.

The former York Acorn amateur picked up the blow within the season opener at Toulouse Olympique.

Ford said that they didn’t think that it had been so bad like that since he tried to play the last 15 minutes with it.

“And he was also a true handful for Toulouse therein period. We didn’t think that it would continue for this long.”

York City Knights squad: Marsh, Keinhorst, Salter, Sharp, Johnston, Robinson, Jubb, Teanby, Washbrook, Scott, Spears, Brining, Green, Clarkson, Baldwinson, Stock, Bass, Hey, Jordan-Roberts, Wallis, Carr (DR).

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York volleyball trio called up to England squad

Three teenagers from York Volleyball Club, including Ollie Quick, Will Miller, and Smith are selected for England squads.

Two 16-year-old boys Ollie Quick and Will Miller are starting their second year as a part of the Britain talent pathway and are also joined within the national set-up by 14-year-old Luke Smith.

Volleyball players within the England system attend two-day camps every month at the National Volleyball Centre, which is predicated in Kettering, and are required to coach a minimum of three times per week.

Ollie Quick and Will Miller have moved up to the under-19s junior men from England cadets.

Miller is studying ‘A’ Levels at Tadcaster Grammar School class. He has been playing the game since he was eight years old, but only started training seriously three years ago.

He currently plays for York Kings within the Yorkshire League and York in National Volleyball League (NVL) division two north.

He has also played for Yorkshire and represented England under-17s eventually year’s NEVZA tournament in Denmark.

Meanwhile, Quick, who attends Manor CE Academy, joined York VC in September 2016 and represented the nation in the Home Nations Beach Volleyball Competition of last year, eventually finishing fourth within the standings.

He is also an integral member of the junior squad at Yorkshire, becoming a daily within the varsity of York NVL men.

Quick also presently trains every week with the Sheffield Hallam University Super League squad.

In addition, Smith, a pupil at Millthorpe School, has been competitively playing volleyball for one year with Yorkshire League team York Lions.

He was one among the new volleyball players who were selected for the Britain under-17s cadets squad after an open trial at Kettering in December last year.

All these three boys are trying to find sponsorship to assist with the value of kit also as visit England camps and matches.

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Captain Joe Root aiming high after England’s Test series victory over South Africa

Captain Joe Root is aiming high after England side had a Test series victory over South Africa in Johannesburg last Tuesday.

The Yorkshire batsman was satisfied with England’s recovery after losing the Boxing Day Test at Centurion Park. Victories at Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, and inside four days at the Wanderers followed.

What is more important than the fact that Ben Stokes was named player of the series is that young guns Ollie Pope (22) and Dom Sibley (aged 24) both scored their maiden hundreds while Dom Bess (22) claimed a five-wicket haul and opener Zak Crawley (21) also checked out home. That is the reason why Joe Root was so ebullient about the longer term.

This was only England’s second away series success in four years, the opposite being Sri Lanka last winter. England ends this winter with a two-match series within the same destination in March.

Fast bowler Mark Wood was the standout performer in Jo’burg, where South Africa did not chase 466, falling from 181-2 to 274 all out during the fourth day. He scooped the player of the match award because of nine wickets and many 35 not out and 18 down the order.

This was new head coach Chris Silverwood’s first series victory responsible. The previous White Rose seamer tasted defeat at the primary time of asking, taking place 1-0 in New Zealand before Christmas.

Silverwood’s immediate attention switches to white-ball cricket, with England playing three one-day and as many T20 internationals between Tuesday, February 4 and Sunday, February 16. In addition, there are two warm-up matches on Friday and Saturday.

Like Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid, Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan is in both squads. Root will still stay for the ODIs, although he has been overlooked of the T20 squad, which can begin preparations for the Australia T20 World Cup er.

The two Sri Lanka Tests start on Saint Joseph and March 27.

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Dan Maguire to travel with York City squad for the top of the table clash at King’s Lynn

York City striker Dan Maguire will travel with the squad for today’s top of the table meeting with King’s Lynn.

Maguire has been plagued by injuries since his summer move to York from Blyth Spartans, having been marked by manager Steve Watson as the man to lead City’s frontline for this campaign.

He has been restricted him to just seven appearances for the club, none of which have come since the turn of the new year.

However, the Newcastle-born forward has taken part in all of York’s training sessions this week, Watson stated, and will make the trip to Norfolk for Saturday’s pivotal game.

Back in September’s Vanarama National League North reverse fixture, York beat King’s Lynn 3-0 at Bootham Crescent, despite conceding much of the possession to the visitors, though never looking in any real danger of losing the game by its latter stages.

Promoted from the Southern League premier division central play-offs the last term, King’s Lynn’s rise to the summit of the division has taken most observers by surprise.

Steve Watson said that in spite of what got mentioned about the differences between the two clubs, ultimately they were both in the same league and they were both the top two teams as they stood that moment.

The match has been described by local media in King’s Lynn as the club’s biggest league game in a number of decades.

While there’s obvious pressure on York as the bookies’ pre-season promotion favorites, how the hosts cope with the magnitude of the occasion at The Walks also seems pertinent.

“Certainly by the way that the press has gone this week, the pressure has tried to be put on us,” said Watson.

 “Ultimately, I’ll accept that because we’re a big club.

“But, they’re the in-form team in the league at the moment, they’re top of the league and they’re the one that everybody needs to chase.

“So, there’s pressure on both sides.”

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York County high schools to compete in bowling as a club sport

On the 8th of Jan., four York County high schools will set to compete in bowling as a club sport. They are Dallastown, Red Lion, Spring Grove, and Central York. The season will take place until the end of February.

They had a strong response from the superintendents, students, and athletic directors as well. All of them are excited to start the season.

“This is one of the biggest things to happen to York County bowling in a long time,” said Mike Zelger, co-proprietor of Lion Bowl in Red Lion.

“Students are the future of bowling,” said Andy Brenneman of Bowlers Supply, who helped organize the effort.

The York-Adams Interscholastic Club Bowling League schedule calls for each school to bowl the other three schools three times. Lion Bowl is the home center for Red Lion and Dallastown, while Colony Park Lanes North is the home center for Central and Spring Grove.

The York County Bowling Proprietors Association is supporting the high school teams through a series of fundraisers. There is no cost to the students or the schools to participate in the league.

After several unsuccessful attempts to establish bowling as a club sport in the county, the future looks bright. Zelger expects three or four more high schools to field bowling teams next season.

The Kick Off Classic, a singles event open to all high-school bowlers, was held last week at Lion Bowl and Colony Park Lanes North. A Baker-style tournament is scheduled for midway through the season.

Brenneman said, “Many people don’t know that young bowlers can earn scholarship by competing in bowling tournaments.” “Some high-school pupils have earned partial or full bowling scholarships to colleges.”

York Tech and Kennard-Dale already have bowling teams, but they compete in the Lancaster/Lebanon League as a PIAA sport. Zelger said the eventual goal is to have bowling as a PIAA sport in York County.

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York Templars rugby team promoting LGBT equality in sport

An inclusive rugby union team in York are looking to support LGBT equality in sport.

The York Templars are a York RI RUFC associated and International Gay Rugby (IGR) affiliated club.

They formed in earlier this year and June, after the York pride committee were approached by England Rugby with a vision to create an inclusive team within the city.

Preceding these meetings, the local England Rugby team attended York Pride to help promote the new opportunities and increase awareness.

Following the Pride event, a series of six rugby training sessions, hosted by York RI RUFC and coached by England Rugby coaches, were organised.

Evan Woodworth, RFU Community Rugby Coach, said: “Succeeding the six-week training sessions and with 26 different people attending, the team decided to carry on training throughout the summer on a weekly basis to develop their rugby skills.”

The club have received support from York RI RUFC with two coaches from the club now carrying out the weekly roles and further developing the players.

The York RI Templars played their first development match on October 19 against neighbouring IGR Team, the Leeds Hunters, which they unfortunately lost.

Dave Carr, Chairman of the inclusive rugby club, spoke of the determination to end discrimination in sport. He said that sport has always been a grey area for LGBT people. Stonewall has recently published a study that shows four in 10 LGBT people do not think sport welcoming. He added that having a team in York where everyone is accepted is a big step for the city to combat these issues.

Joining York Templar has helped some of its current players to overcome previous issues, including Jon Bramhall. He said that when he joined, he was suffering from anxiety and hoped that the exercise and challenge of learning a new skill would help him in life.

The York Templars train every Monday from 7 – 8.30pm at York RI RUFC.