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City back on track with home win

By Ian Appleyard | 4th November 2017
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
2
Curzon Ashton Logo
Curzon Ashton
1
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 4th Nov - 15:00

GOALS from Jon Parkin and Daniel Parslow secured a 2-1 victory over Curzon Ashton this afternoon and lifted York City back into the Vanarama National League North play-off zone.

Parkin scored his 13th goal of the season to give City the lead after 17 minutes and Parslow increased the advantage when heading home at a corner after 32 minutes.

Although captain Joe Guest pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 56th minute, City held on for a first victory in four games.

New signing Gary Martin was preferred in attack to James Gray as manager Martin Gray made three changes to the side.

Hamza Bencherif returned at centreback, after missing the Tamworth game through injury, and this allowed captain Sean Newton to move back into midfield in the absence of the suspended David Ferguson.

Daniel Rowe also started his first game as a replacement for midfielder Simon Heslop who, according to Gray, has asked to leave amid interest from another club.

City made a bright start to the game with Parkin curling a shot wide from the edge of the penalty box and Curzon goalkeeper Cameron Mason pushing an Adriano Moke effort around the post.

The Minstermen took the lead after 17 minutes when Parkin combined well with new signing Martin to score his 13th goal of the season.

The big striker had knocked down a high ball in the visitors’ penalty area and Martin cleverly pulled the ball back into his path. Parkin made no mistake with a low shot beyond Mason from eight yards.

City were dominant for long periods and duly increased their lead in the 32nd minute when defender Parslow rose to head home a Newton corner.

Newton nearly added a third just a few minutes later when his low shot struck the legs of goalkeeper Mason.

Parkin spurned a golden opportunity to score again on the stroke of halftime when he latched onto a long clearance by Bailey Peacock-Farrell but failed to connect properly with his shot.

Curzon Ashton had rarely threatened in the first half but Peacock-Farrell produced a finger-tip save to push over Daniel Shaw’s header at a 39th minute corner.

Referee David McNamara issued two yellow cards in first half stoppage time to Curzon defender Chris Rowney (following a push on Alex Whittle) and City captain Newton who stepped in to react to the challenge.

Curzon Ashton improved after the break and reduced the deficit in the 56th minute when captain Joe Guest curled in a shot from 25 yards.

City switched to a 4-3-3 formation after the introduction of substitutes Amari Morgan-Smith, Theo Wharton, and James Gray and defended well to hold on for the three points.

York City: Peacock-Farrell; Law, Parslow, Bencherif, Whittle; Rowe; Moke (Wharton 69), Newton; Connolly (Morgan-Smith 58); Parkin (Gray 71), Martin. Unused substitutes: Sukar, Simpson.

Curzon Ashton: Mason, Shaw, Guest, Regan, Howson, Rowney, Clark (Crothers 81), Baillie, Wright, Wharton (McKenzie 76), Baker. Unused substitutes: Thornley, Hunt, Nuttall.

Referee: David McNamara

Attendance: 2146

Bookings: Sean Newton, James Gray (York City), Chris Rowney, Matthew Regan, Jordan Wright (Curzon Ashton)

 

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