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City end the year on a high

By Bradley Saxton | 28th December 2021
Match Result
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York City
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Alfreton Town
LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 28th Dec - 15:00

Paddy McLaughlin scored the only goal of the game as the Minstermen beat Alfreton Town 1-0 at the LNER Community Stadium.

The Midfielder scored on the hour mark, sweeping home his second goal of the season to secure all three points for John Askey’s side.

After having their National League North game against Bradford (Park Avenue) called off on Boxing Day due to adverse weather conditions, York returned to action for the first time in ten days.

Askey made two changes from the side that beat Matlock Town 1-0 in the FA Trophy last time out. Jack McKay made his debut after signing for the club from Curzon Ashton, whilst McLaughlin returned to the starting eleven from injury.

Alfreton Town came into this game off the back of a three match unbeaten run, having last lost a game well over a month ago. They travelled up to North Yorkshire with a strong squad, which featured strong attacking options including Dayle Southwell and Matt Rhead.

The home side had a brilliant chance to take the lead inside the opening ten minutes. Kieran Wallace rose highest at the front post to meet a Scott Barrow corner, but he couldn’t keep his header down as it sailed high over the bar.

Remy Longdon was denied by a smart save by Alfreton keeper George Willis on his home debut after racing clear through on goal, before Southwell fired over the bar minutes later for Alfreton.

Longdon was again denied by Willis after 18 minutes by another smart save from the edge of the area, before Barrow had a low effort saved after cutting inside to shoot on his right foot.

City continued to look for a goal that would break the deadlock and captain Sean Newton went close when he fired over the bar on the edge of the penalty area, before Mark Beck headed over the bar from point-blank range after connecting with a cross in from Newton.

Alfreton struggled to threaten the York defence in the first half but their best chance fell to Rhead on the stroke of half time, who forced Peter Jameson into a low save with a header from a free-kick.

Newton fired another long-range effort over the bar five minutes into the second half, before Jameson had to react quickly to tip an Alfreton header over the bar from a long throw.

McLaughlin broke the deadlock for the Minstermen on the hour mark, sweeping home the ball beyond Willis at the front post after a brilliant cut back from Hancox on the left-hand side.

Bailey Hobson fired well over for Alfreton as they searched for an equaliser, before Yusifu Ceesay couldn’t capitalise on a knock-down from Rhead in the penalty area.

City went in search of another goal that would double their lead and Kurt Willoughby was inches away from getting onto the end of a Clayton Donaldson cross in from the left with fifteen minutes to go.

Barrow was in the right place at the right time to clear a Ceesay volley off the line as the visitors nearly equalised with only ten minutes to go.

Donaldson headed narrowly wide of Willis’ left-hand post with three minutes to go from a Willoughby cross, but York couldn’t add to their single goal as they held on for all three points.

The win moves the Minstermen up to eight in the National League North table, two points off the playoff positions.

The Minstermen are back in National League North action this coming Sunday when we welcome Bradford (Park Avenue) to the LNER Community Stadium (3pm kick-off).



York City: Jameson (GK), Duckworth, Wright, Newton (C), Barrow, McLaughlin, Wallace, Longdon (Willoughby 59’), Hancox, McKay (Donaldson 70’), Beck

Unused Subs: Campbell, Hopper, Heaney

Goals: McLaughlin (59’)


Alfreton Town: Willis (GK), Clarkstone, Wilde (Preston 29’), Branson, Sutton, Smith (C), Ceesay, Lund (Evans 77’), Rhead, Southwell (Johnson 79’), Hobson

Unused Subs: Wiley, Hare

Goals: N/A


Referee: Paul Brown

Attendance: 2,986 (182 away supporters)

Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match: Paddy McLaughlin

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