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City beat Gloucester City

31st August 2019
Match Result
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Gloucester
2
York City Logo
York City
3
Jubilee Stadium
Saturday 31st Aug - 15:00

The Minstermen edged a 3-2 victory over Gloucester City this afternoon thanks a goal from Jordan Burrow and one in each half by Alex Kempster.

It was the first time the two clubs had ever met, and City were looking to retain their top spot in the National League North, with Steve Watson opting for the same familiar system - just this time without captain Steve McNulty.

The big centre half was left out as a precaution with a minor injury which gave the opportunity for 19-year-old Josh King to make his professional debut, starting on the right side of the back three and Joe Tait slotting into the centre.

City kicked off in Evesham and got off to a dream start, Kieran Green curling a ball with the inside of his boot out to David Ferguson on the left who fizzed across the area for Alex Kempster to poke into the bottom corner.

Joe Parker nearly grabbed an equaliser for the Tigers on 11 minutes, having time and space on the edge to volley an effort just wide of Pete Jameson’s post.

Jordan Burrow has top scored so far this season with three, and nearly added to his tally after tackling a Gloucester defender, skinning another and striking on target only to be denied by England U19 goalkeeper Zach Jeacock who produced the acrobatics.

Ferguson has been in fine form recently, providing numerous assists in previous games, but was close to grabbing a goal of his own after driving from the edge with his left foot inches wide of the post.

City endured a spell of pressure from Gloucester just past the 30-minute mark which ended in a long-range strike from Joe Hanks finding its way into the top corner – a freak goal which levelled the score.

Gloucester looked confident after scoring and added another minutes later in unfortunate circumstances for City, a deflected shot allowing a Gloucester player through on goal and Jake Jackson bundling the ball in after a shot across goal.

Their lead didn’t last for long however as Jordan Burrow leapt like a salmon and headed the equaliser in from a corner on 39 minutes to make the score 2-2 going into the break.

It was important that City had a good start in the second half and Kempster was the man to make the magic happen, the frontman sliding in at the near post following a Ferguson cross and scoring his second of the game on 49 minutes.

City pushed on after going ahead with Adriano Moke going close after stealing the ball in the box and Ferguson also smashing over the crossbar from a first-time effort at the back post.

Kempster also looked full of confidence on the ball in the second half, making several runs down the left wing and causing havoc in the final third for City.

Green wanted in on the action on 76 minutes, striking one from distance and causing Jeacock to spill the ball in the box, but luckily for the Gloucester goalkeeper it was eventually cleared.

Gloucester made two substitutions in the hopes to make a difference in the last 10 minutes.

The Tigers dominated possession in the late stages, notably Jameson blocking a run into the box on 88 minutes to stop a great opportunity for the home side.

But after four minutes of injury time City saw the game out and managed another three points on the road to keep the Minstermen top of the National League North.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, King, Newton, Tait, Ferguson, Moke, Bond, Green, Kempster, Burrow

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Dyer, Spratt, York, Langstaff

Gloucester City: Jeacock, Smith (Hainault 78’), Harper, Thomas, Avery, Knowles, Parker, Hanks (Kotwica 78’), Jackson, Russe, Robert

Unused Substitutes: Johnstone, Unwin

Attendance: 652

Referee: Scott Simpson

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