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City Edged Out At Aggborough

By Phil Howden | 14th March 2018
Match Result
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Aggborough Stadium
Tuesday 13th Mar - 19:45

York City returned from the long journey to Aggborough empty-handed as the Minstermen went down 2-1 to hosts Kidderminster Harriers in Vanarama National League North.

A second half brace from Harriers striker Dan Bradley was the difference between the two sides, despite City captain Sean Newton’s injury time consolation goal.

On an excellent pitch, both sides playing open attacking football and the opening period saw a plethora of chances created and missed by both sides.

It was York who fashioned the first chance of the game when Jon Parkin, back in the side after suspension, blasted over after meeting an Aidan Connolly corner. With 10 minutes on the clock, Alex Pattison made a great run through the Kidderminster defence but ended by shooting into the side netting.

For Kidderminster, the lively Emmanuel Sonupe was causing all sorts of problems for the York defence, regularly putting in dangerous crosses with no-one on the end of them. But it was York again who almost opened the scoring, a sumptuous ball from Pattison putting Louis Almond in who forced keeper Brandon Hall into an excellent save.

The home side clicked into gear and Declan Weeks went close, Adam Bartlett palming his shot onto the post. On 19 minutes, Dan Bradley spurned another good chance when he shot wide from a good position after more good work from Sonupe.

By midway through the half, the play became stretched and the match became end-to-end stuff. David Ferguson forced Hall into a good save after there was suspicion of a push on Parkin in the box, but the Harriers broke down the other end and Bartlett made a save from Bradley.

After speculative long-range efforts from both James McQuilkin and Bradley, it was York again who came close to scoring when Almond’s effort went just wide with Hall beaten.

As the first half drew to a conclusion, Kidderminster began to dominate possession and, in the 37th minute, created the best chance of the game to that point, the ball landing at the feet of Lee Vaughan who, with the goal gaping, missed the target. Six minutes later, Adam Bartlett pulled off another good save, this time parrying McQuilkin’s effort from the edge of the box.

City manager Martin Gray made a half-time change, with Adriano Moke coming on for the injured Simon Heslop.

In the 57th minute, the game ultimately changed in Harriers’ favour when a mistake in possession by Sean Newton allowed Vaughan to get down the flank and swing the ball in, Dan Bradley rising to head home for 1-0.

Eleven minutes later, York could and should have equalised. Newton slipped the ball through to Jon Parkin in the Kidderminster penalty box, but the big striker lost his bearings and shot tamely wide. It was a great opportunity spurned to get back into the game.

On 72 minutes, York’s forward momentum pushing for a leveller was put to the sword when, caught on the break, Bradley went through one-on-one with Bartlett and made no mistake with a fine finish to double Kidderminster’s lead.

The home side then saw out the game, despite some neat play by the visitors and could have extended their lead when Declan Weeks fired just over the angle. However, York were not to be denied a goal and Newton smashed the ball home in the third minute of added time to give City a glimmer of hope.

However, it was too little too late and the final whistle blew to give Harriers a 2-1 win.


Kidderminster Harriers: Hall, Vaughan, Horsfall, Pearson, Taylor, Weeks, Croasdale, McQuilkin, Sonupe (Brown 80), Bradley, Ironside (Waring 90). Subs not used: Austin, Smith, Flatt.

York City: Bartlett, Parslow, Ferguson, Bencherif, Newton, Brown, Pattison, Heslop (Moke 45), Parkin, Almond (Smith 52), Connolly (Kempster 63). Subs not used:  Burn, Simpson.

Referee: Scott Simpson

Attendance: 1,244 (91 City)

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