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City get Bank Holiday win at Spennymoor

By Bradley Saxton | 30th August 2021
Match Result
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Spennymoor Town
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York City
The Brewery Field
Monday 30th Aug - 15:00

Goals from Kurt Willoughby, Clayton Donaldson and Mark Beck secured the Minstermen their first league win of the season with a 3-1 victory away at Spennymoor Town.

Willoughby earned York the lead after thirteen minutes with a tap in, before a Sam Fielding own goal levelled the game eight minutes later. Donaldson rolled back the years to give City the lead once again heading into the break, before a second-half goal from Beck earned York all three points at The Brewery Field.

Prior to kick off, Spennymoor Town had enjoyed a good start to the season in the National League North, sitting in the playoff positions after their first three league games.

They went into the game off the back of a 2-1 defeat at Leamington on Saturday, as Tommy Miller looked for a response from his side in County Durham against the Minstemen. Spennymoor started former City players Joe Tait and Adriano Moke, whilst goalkeeper Harry Flatters was on the bench.

Steve Watson was hoping for a similar response from his York side, after they crashed to a late 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brackley Town on Saturday.

A change in formation from the York manager led to two changes from the side that featured against the Saints, Michael Woods was one of two changes, along with Willoughby who came in to replace Mackenzie Heaney and the injured Michael Duckworth.  

Frank Mulhern tested Peter Jameson into an easy low save for the game’s first chance of the game after two minutes, before Willoughby fired straight at the feet of Dale Eve, after the ball fell nicely for the City forward in the penalty area.

Willoughby took his chance ten minutes later though as he gave City the lead with his first goal of the season. Paddy McLaughlin broke forward in midfield after winning possession, before squaring right to Donaldson, who swept a low cross for Willoughby to tap in and give the Minstermen the lead.

The away side nearly doubled their lead in the 19th minute, but Eve brilliantly tipped away a goal-bound header from Beck to safety, after a scramble from the home side to clear the ball from their own penalty area from a free-kick.

The home side found their equaliser two minutes later, courtesy of a Fielding own goal. Scott McLean swept in a curling cross, Jameson came to collect but allowed the ball to bounce off his knee onto the body of Fielding, before the ball bounced into the back of the net.

Jameson then stood strong once again to deny Rob Ramshaw from close-range, before the City goalkeeper tipped over a curling effort from Glen Taylor over the bar for a corner.

Efforts on goal kept on coming for the hosts, in a first half full of chances for the home side. Taylor should have really given his side the lead but he headed over unmarked from six yards, after a good cross from John Lufudu on the right, before James Curtis also headed over the bar from a free kick.

The home side’s wasted chances came back to haunt them, as Donaldson gave the Minstermen the lead for the second time in the game on the stroke of half-time. He tapped home at the far post, after a brilliantly guided cross from Jaden Charles on the left byline, before wheeling away in celebration in front of the stunned home supporters.

Fielding’s header forced Eve to be quick off his line three minutes into the second half, before Matty Brown’s last-ditch block denied Taylor from pouncing in close-range.

Michael Wood’s left-footed half-volley tested the gloves of Eve from distance, before a fierce volley from Beck was punched away by the Spennymoor shot-stopper for a corner.

Taylor missed the best chance of the game on the hour mark, as the home side went in search for a second goal. Ramshaw found space in the York defence to cross low for Taylor, who sliced a left-footed effort wide of Jameson’s left-hand post.

Mulhern missed another sitter for the home side just after the hour mark. He found himself clear through on goal after a brilliant ball over the top, but Jameson stood strong to deny Spennymoor once again.

City looked to have won the game in the 72nd minute when Beck delivered a killer blow to the hosts to give York a two-goal cushion. He reacted quickly to guide the ball beyond Eve at his right-hand post, after Brown rose highest at the back post to tee up the big forward from a Heaney free kick.

The Minstermen held out for the win, moving them off the foot of the National League North table. York will look to make it back-to-back wins this coming Saturday, as the Minstermen welcome Farsley Celtic to the LNER Community Stadium (3pm kick off).


Spennymoor Town: Eve, McLean, Tait, Curtis, Magnay, Lufudu, Ramshaw, Moke, Chandler, Mulhern (Anderson 64’), Taylor

Unused Subs: Flatters, Kennedy, Thompson, Hall

Goals: Fielding (OG) (21’)

Booked: Curtis, Tait, Chandler


York City: Jameson, Dyson, Fielding, Brown, Charles, Wright, Woods, Beck, Willoughby (Heaney 69’), Donaldson

Unused Subs: Campbell, Hopper, Gilchrist, Cunningham

Goals: Willoughby (13’), Donaldson (45’), Beck (72’)

Booked: McLaughlin



Attendance: 2,635

Referee: Mr P Cooper


Match Statistics

Shots on target: Spennymoor: 7  York: 8

Shots off target: Spennymoor: 9 York: 4

Offsides: Spennymoor: 0  York: 3

Fouls: Spennymoor: 13  York: 9

Corners: Spennymoor: 6  York: 6

Yellow Cards: Spennymoor: 3  York: 1

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