YORK City boss Sam Collins praised his team’s penalty-box defending in a narrow 1-0 FA Cup victory at Blyth Spartans.

Jordan Burrow’s 11th-minute goal proved enough to send the Minstermen into Monday night’s first round proper draw and, even though he also had another chance cleared off the line and Sean Newton had a second-half penalty saved, the visitors had to fight a determined rearguard action to keep their seventh clean sheet of the season.

Three of those shut-outs have come in the Cup, with City still to concede in this term’s tournament and, having already collected £49,000 in prize money from the competition, a delighted Collins said: “It’s fantastic for the club and I’m so pleased with the players’ attitudes, because they all worked really hard.

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