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Altrincham knock City out of semi-final

25th July 2020
Match Result
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York City
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Altrincham
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 25th Jul - 17:00

City's play-off hopes were squashed this afternoon with a 2-0 loss to Altrincham in the semi-final.

Josh Hancock’s heavily deflected effort in the eighth minute gave Altrincham the early advantage.

The hosts were unlucky not to draw level before the break, with Sean Newton striking the crossbar from distance.

Altrincham doubled their lead with 15 minutes to go, after Tom Peers tucked the ball home from close range.

But despite applying late pressure, the Minstermen were unable to mount a comeback, with Altrincham progressing to the National League North Play Off Final.

The visitors started on the front foot and after only eight minutes, Josh Hancock’s dinked effort found the back of the net, despite Pete Jameson getting a touch to the ball.

In the 14th minute, the Minstermen almost drew level through Newton when his whipped cross struck the crossbar, with the keeper left stranded.

York were really turning the screw and midway through the first half, Altrincham keeper Tony Thompson had to react quickly to deny a deflected David Ferguson effort.

However, the visitors had a golden chance to double the lead through former York midfielder Elliott Durrell, whose long-range effort flashed wide of the post.

The hosts were still enjoying the majority of possession, however, Tony Thompson was proving to be a match for any ball into the Altrincham box.

But in the 38th minute, the hosts almost scored a deserved leveller when a great piece of play from Kallum Griffiths forced Thompson into a smart save.

Straight after the restart, York again almost found themselves level when the slightest of touches from Jordan Burrow, after a swinging Ferguson freekick, sent the ball narrowly wide.

However, in the 56th minute, Josh Lundstram really should have doubled the visitors advantage when he was played through on goal, only to send his effort agonizingly wide of the bottom corner.

Moments later, Durrell once again found himself in enough room on the edge of the box, but a poorly taken shot bobbled harmlessly wide of the goal.

The 68th minute saw another glorious chance for York to level, after substitute Adriano Moke’s weaving run allowed Burrow plenty of space to shoot from close range, only for the ball to drift inches wide of the upright.

However, York soon found themselves two goals down when, in the 77th minute, substitute Peers reacted quickest to an effort against the crossbar, sliding the ball underneath Jameson from close range.

York were throwing everything at the Altrincham goal, with Dan Maguire’s curled cross headed straight into the hands of Thompson with minutes remaining.

But despite applying plenty of late pressure, they were unable to crack the visiting defence, with Altrincham progressing to the NLN Play Off Final where they will face either Boston United or Gateshead.

 

Report by Ed Painter.

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