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City advance in playoffs with Chorley win

By Bradley Saxton | 11th May 2022
Match Result
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York City
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LNER Community Stadium
Wednesday 11th May - 19:45

The Minstermen secured a National League North playoff semi-final spot after securing a 2-1 win over Chorley.

Lenell John-Lewis handed York the lead after only ten minutes, lobbing the goalkeeper from the edge of the area, but City went into the break level with Chorley after Connor Hall found his side an equaliser fifteen minutes after going behind.

The game was settled early in the second-half though as Mitch Hancox's goal four minutes after the restart was enough for City as they secure a playoff semi-final tie against Brackely Town.

A record-breaking crowd gathered at the LNER Community Stadium for the playoff eliminator, with over 6,300 supporters attending the game which saw the club record their highest attendance at home since 2007.

Only a point separated the two sides in the final league table and York gained home advantage for this playoff clash at the weekend after they secured a 1-1 draw against AFC Telford, whilst Chorley dropped below the Minstermen after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Spennymoor Town.

John Askey’s squad were full of confidence heading into kick-off, as they went into the game off the back of a five-game unbeaten run in the National League North.

The City boss made three changes from the side that secured a late point in Shropshire on Saturday. John-Lewis and Hancox both joined forward Jack McKay back in the starting eleven, after the three players dropped to the bench for the draw against Telford.

Defeat at the weekend for Chorley saw Chorley dropped to sixth in the league table, ensuring they would have to make the two-hour trip up north to take on City. 

Jamie Vermiglio’s side were hoping they could put an end to their poor recent form, which had seen them only record one victory from their previous eight league games.

There would prove to be only one winner from this clash, after both games between the two sides ended in draws earlier in the regular season. The Minstermen and Magpies played out a 1-1 draw in front of over 4,500 fans just before Christmas in North Yorkshire, before City came from behind last month to secure a 2-2 draw at Victory Park.

It was a dream start made by the Minstermen who took the lead after only ten minutes. A long-ball over the top from Sam Sanders down the left-hand side was misjudged by the Chorley defence, John-Lewis got in-behind and caught Matt Urwin well of his line, lobbing the Chorley keeper with a left-footed effort from 25-yards out to hand the Minstermen the lead.

Paddy McLaughlin tried his luck minutes later with a right-footed curling effort as the home side looked to double their lead, but his effort was well held by Urwin, before City keeper Peter Jameson was called into action as he got down low to deny a weak effort on goal from Chorley’s Millenic Alli.

The lead lasted only fifteen minutes as Chorley found themselves an equaliser after 25 minutes. A free-kick played forward was flicked on at the back post across goal by a Chorley man and Hall was on hand at the far post to prod the ball home unmarked into the bottom-right corner.

McKay went close to re-handing City the lead on the half-hour mark as he fired narrowly wide of Urwin’s right-hand post, meeting a driven cross into the area from Hancox at the far post, before Urwin pulled off a brilliant save to deny a half-volley from Hancox on the edge of the area which looked destined for the top-right corner.  

City were very much on top in the first half and dominated chances in the final third and they again had another chance to re-take the lead in first-half stoppage time. A ball over the top from Hancox found John-Lewis in space, he ran towards the byline and crossed low for McKay, but he was unable to hit the target as his side-footed effort went narrowly wide of goal.

York finally re-took the lead four minutes into the second half, as Hancox swept the ball home into an empty net for his eleventh goal of the season, after Urwin had miskicked the ball into the path of the on-rushing midfielder after City hit Chorley on the counter-attack through a perfected pass through on goal by Kouhyar.

Hancox tried his luck again for City as they looked to extend their lead even further, but his fierce strike curled well wide of goal after meeting a low cross in from the right-hand side by substitute Clayton Donaldson. 

A mistake by City at the back allowed Chorley to capitalise in the final third as they looked for an instant reply, but Hall was unable to keep his effort on goal down as it sailed well over the bar into a packed South Stand.

Chorley went close again to finding an equaliser as Jack Sampson headed narrowly wide of goal after meeting the ball in the area from the left, but it sadly wasn't going to be for the visitors as the Minstermen held on for victory, which sees them advance in the National League North playoffs. 

Victory sees City progress into the National League North playoff semi-finals and they will travel to Northamptonshire this coming Saturday to take on Brackley Town at St. James Park (3pm kick-off).


York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson Kouogun, Sanders, Barrow, Wright, Hancox, McLaughlin (C), Kouhyar (Willoughby 83’), John-Lewis (Brown 90'), McKay (Donaldson 62’)

Unused Subs: Whitley, Woods

Goals: John-Lewis (10’), Hancox (49’)


Chorley: Urwin (GK), Henley, Leather (C), Baines, Whitehouse (Holmes 76’), Calveley, Sampson, Tomlinson, Blakeman (Halls 67’), Alli (Ustabasi 76’), Hall

Unused Subs: Blyth, Shenton

Goals: Hall (25’)


Attendance: 6,394 (314 away supporters)

Referee: James Westgate

Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match: Paddy McLaughlin

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