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City exit FA Trophy after Bromley defeat

By Bradley Saxton | 2nd April 2022
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Saturday 2nd Apr - 15:00

The Minstermen were knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy semi-finals after a 3-1 defeat against National League side Bromley. 

Kurt Willoughby handed City the lead after only two minutes, but a second half brace from Michael Cheek and a late goal from James Alabi secured Bromley’s place in next month’s final at Wembley. 

A sell-out crowd gathered at Hayes Lane to watch a clash between two previous FA Trophy finalists from the past five years. 

Both sides knew heading into kick-off that whoever won would take on Wrexham in the final, after they saw off National League leaders Stockport County in the other semi-final tie earlier in the day. 

The Minstermen returned to winning ways last weekend with a 1-0 win over Leamington in the National League North and John Askey was hoping his side could put in another good performance, in a game where they were only 90 minutes away from potentially another appearance at Wembley Stadium. 

After coming off the bench last weekend, Willoughby returned to the starting eleven ahead of kick off to replace the cup-tied Lenell John-Lewis. Clayton Donaldson also returned to the starting eleven after shaking off an injury, where he replaced Remy Longdon who dropped to the bench. 

Opponent’s Bromley came into this game off the back of poor form, which had seen them collect only one win from their last eight games in all competitions. 

Manager Andy Woodman was hopeful his side could use their higher league status to their advantage and overcome their recent form by booking their second trophy final appearance in five years. 

City made the dream start after only two minutes, as Willoughby fired home from inside the area with a fierce left-footed effort which rifled into the roof of the net, after the home side had failed to clear away a Paddy McLaughlin corner. 

Mitch Hancox went close to doubling City’s lead after 14 minutes with an effort from long-range which narrowly flew wide of the Bromley keeper’s right-hand post, before Michael Duckworth also tried his luck from distance, but his effort also didn’t test the keeper. 

Peter Jameson had to be at full stretch to deny Cheek from levelling the game for Bromley from distance moments later, diving to his right to punch away what was their only effort on goal in the first half. 

Willoughby went close again for York just before half time, narrowly heading wide of goal from a cross in from McLaughlin from the right, before McLaughlin himself was denied by the keeper, firing straight into his hands from the edge of the area. 

The home side resorted to a direct approach on several occasions in the first-half with a series of long throws, but City defended bravely as they headed into the break in the lead. 

Bromley made a double change at the break and substitute Louis Dennis was narrowly unlucky as he headed over the bar from close-range, before Donaldson went close for City with a fellow header which also went wide of goal, after meeting a cross into the area from the right. 

The home side found a way back into the game just after the half-hour mark through Cheek, who broke through the City defence on the right-hand side, before slotting the ball under Jameson to draw the game level. 

Hancox capitalised on a mistake at the back by Bromley defender Joe Partington and went close for City with twenty minutes to go as they looked for a second goal, but he was unable to gamble with his effort as he saw his shot well saved. 

But it was the home side who took the lead with less than ten minutes to go. Cheek was again on the score-sheet, this time heading home a cross played in from the left-hand side into the bottom-corner beyond Jameson. 

Things got better for Bromley who found their third goal heading into injury time, as substitute Alabi out-paced the York defence before having a left-footed effort deflected across the face of goal into the top-right corner to put the game to bed. 

The National League side held on for victory, which sees them book their place in the Buildbase FA Trophy final, where they will take on Wrexham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 22nd May. 

City’s immediate attentions meanwhile turn to Tuesday evening where they travel to Latimer Park, where they will take on Kettering Town in the National League North (7:45pm kick-off). 


Bromley: Balcombe (GK), Partington, Bingham, Bush, Cheek (Bloomfield 89’) Trotter, Webster, Whitely, Vennings, Alexander (Dennis 46’), El-Hamadi (Alabi 46’) 

Unused Subs: Cousin, Krauhaus, Cawley, Nicholas

Goals: Cheek (61’, 81’), Alabi (90+1')


York City: Jameson (GK), Duckworth (Longdon 90'), Kouogun, Brown (C), Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (Sanders 76'), Hancox, Dyson, Donaldson, Willoughby

Subs not used: Campbell, Dale, James,  

Goals: Willoughby (2’)


Attendance: 4,423 (1,011 York City fans)

Referee: David Rock

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