York City were crowned champions of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Sunday at the Non-League Finals Day at Wembley, beating Macclesfield Town 3-2 in the final, despite the disappointment around the club of successive relegations which sees City facing the Vanarama National League North next season.
York took the lead just eight minutes into the game when 35-year-old, John Parkin headed home from a Danny Holmes cross.
The Silkmen were soon back on level terms however, when Rhys Browne’s strike went past two York defenders, before the legs of Kyle Letheren, to keep Macclesfield’s hopes alive.
York were ahead again in an entertaining first half of the final, when Sean Newton had time and space to drive a low cross into the box finding Vadaine Oliver who converted with ease.
Macclesfield were not going to give up easily when Danny Whittaker was unlucky to see his curling effort denied by the reflexes of Letheren in the City goal.
However Macclesfield were level on the stroke of half time, a wonder goal from Ollie Noburn in added time, a superb strike from midfielder Ollie Noburn 25 yards out flew past the keeper.
Three minutes into the second half and a scare for Town keeper Flinders, who’s clearance was smashed into the face of Oliver and was fortunate not to deflect into the back of the net as it was just wide of the post.
Macclesfield then had a chance to take the lead for the first time in the game when Kingsley James cleanly hit a volley on target but ex-Macclesfield Town defender Hamza Bencherif headed the ball off the line brilliantly.
The Minstermen made Town regret missing such key chances in the 86th minute when John Parkin’s shot was deflecting goalwards, and it was substitute Aidan Connolly who was in the right place at the right time to win the trophy for York at a finals day with over 38,000 in attendance.