Matty Blair's goal against former side York City means Fleetwood have a narrow advantage after the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final.

Graham Alexander's side went in front when Blair poked home from close in after Antoni Sarcevic's shot was blocked on the line.

Michael Coulson and Ryan Bowman went close for the hosts but they could not force a leveller as the Minstermen lost for the first time in 18 games.

The return leg takes place on Friday.

Persistent heavy downpours meant Saturday's game was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Aiming high

  • Fleetwood are looking for a sixth promotion in 10 years.

Fortunately, despite some pre-match showers, there was little chance Monday's game would go the same way.

The two teams had been promoted to the Football League together in 2012, with the Cod Army going up as champions and York joining them via the play-offs.

The home team made the stronger start and Calvin Andrew saw his shot from Ryan Brobbel's cutback blocked.

Alexander's side grew into the contest and Nick Pope was called into making a smart save from Sarcevic's speculative effort before the home defence scrambled the resultant corner away from danger.

That was as close as either side came in a scrappy first half on a heavy pitch.

The Minstermen made a bright start to the second period, Coulson seeing a low drive flash narrowly wide before Fleetwood took the lead.

A neat passage of play between Sarcevic and David Ball allowed the former Crewe man in behind the defence and, after a combination of Pope and Lanre Oyebanjo stopped his shot crossing the line, Blair was on hand to force the ball in.

The hosts tried to find a way back into it and sub Bowman came close to turning Coulson's cross in before the latter went close again.

Iain Hume should have grabbed a second for the visitors but he sent a low effort wide after being played in by Josh Morris.

That miss could yet prove to be costly when the two sides meet in the second leg on Friday.

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

"We're very much in the tie and that's how we wanted it. Maybe not a goal for them to the good, but it's happened.

"The response was excellent in the second half. I thought we were slow out of the blocks, there was a few nerves about.

"There were a few a little shy on their performances but we got that sorted at half-time.

"We've got to make sure we start on the first whistle on Friday night."

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The performance was very good and very disciplined, and we could have had more than one goal.

"It's only half-time and there's a lot of work to be done.

"Even if we'd have got a couple more, it still wouldn't have been over. The play-offs have a history of throwing things up and we have to guard against that.

"We have to do it all again on Friday. We haven't done anything apart from give ourselves a half-time lead."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (2)

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies
  • 10 Penn
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 27 Brobbel (Bowman - 62' )
  • 37 Reed
  • 08 Andrew
  • 07 Coulson
  • 26 Hayhurst

Substitutes

  • 05 McGurk
  • 11 Jarvis
  • 14 Montrose
  • 18 Platt
  • 19 Bowman
  • 20 Allan
  • 24 Ingham

Fleetwood Town

  • 28 Maxwell
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 20 Taylor
  • 08 Schumacher Booked
  • 06 Pond
  • 05 Roberts
  • 17 Blair
  • 18 Sarcevic
  • 23 Ball (Murdoch - 86' )
  • 36 Hume
  • 24 Morris Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Davies
  • 04 Murdoch
  • 07 Evans
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Matt
  • 14 Hogan
  • 25 Jordan
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 5,124

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

1 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, York City 0, Fleetwood Town 1.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, York City 0, Fleetwood Town 1.

90:00 +1:15

Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:15

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

90:00 +0:13

Attempt missed. John McCombe (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

85:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Stewart Murdoch replaces David Ball.

84:23

Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:23

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

82:40

Attempt missed. Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Morris.

81:59

Corner, York City. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

79:38

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ben Davies.

78:04 Booking

Booking Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:47

Foul by Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town).

77:47

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:47

Attempt saved. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iain Hume.

76:43

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Schumacher.

74:43

Foul by Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town).

74:43

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:09

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:09

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

71:38

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by William Hayhurst following a corner.

71:23

Corner, York City. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

69:49

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (York City) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John McCombe.

69:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:39

Delay in match Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

67:53

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

67:50

Attempt blocked. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:24

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Coulson with a cross.

63:51

Corner, York City. Conceded by Josh Morris.

61:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Ryan Bowman replaces Ryan Brobbel.

60:44

Attempt missed. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Iain Hume.

56:45

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:45

Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).

53:04

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:04

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

52:18

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Iain Hume with a through ball following a fast break.

49:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 0, Fleetwood Town 1. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

49:53

Attempt blocked. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

49:50

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Ball.

48:28

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Calvin Andrew with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins York City 0, Fleetwood Town 0.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, York City 0, Fleetwood Town 0.

42:10

Offside, Fleetwood Town. Iain Hume tries a through ball, but David Ball is caught offside.

41:15 Booking

Booking Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:11

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

41:11

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:22

Attempt missed. Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Morris.

37:01

Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:01

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

35:54

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matty Blair with a cross.

34:46

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Schumacher.

32:41

Corner, York City. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

32:14

Corner, York City. Conceded by Iain Hume.

31:48

Corner, York City. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

30:52

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

30:52

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:48

Foul by Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town).

27:48

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:56

Hand ball by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

25:21

Attempt missed. Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Coulson.

20:05

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:05

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

18:48

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Schumacher with a cross following a corner.

17:57

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Nick Pope.

17:53

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Schumacher.

16:36

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

16:34

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Ball.

16:26

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:26

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

14:32

Attempt blocked. Calvin Andrew (York City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Brobbel with a cross.

13:48

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

13:48

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:19

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:19

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

10:27

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:27

Foul by Ryan Brobbel (York City).

7:22

Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:22

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

0:26

Keith Lowe (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:26

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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