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City lose late on to Brackley

By Bradley Saxton | 28th August 2021
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LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 28th Aug - 15:00

The Minstermen were denied their first league win of the season as two late second half goals earned Brackley a 2-1 win at the LNER Community Stadium.

Akil Wright gave the Minstermen the lead with a header from a corner in the first half, before goals from Matt Lowe and Lee Ndlovu earned the away side victory in North Yorkshire.

Following back-to-back defeats, Steve Watson’s side looked to bounce back from last week’s 4-0 defeat at Gloucester. He was handed a boost ahead of kick off, with several players returning to the squad from injury.

The York boss made three changes from the side that suffered defeat in Gloucestershire last weekend, as Michael Duckworth, Matty Brown and Clayton Donaldson all coming back into the starting eleven to replace Sean Newton, Michael Woods and Kurt Willoughby.

The visitors Brackley came into the game off the back of an unbeaten start in the league so far this campaign, following successive 1-0 victories over Chorley and Alfreton Town.

The home side started the game brightly, going close after seven minutes when Brackley goalkeeper Danny Lewis did brilliantly to tip a goal-bound header from Donaldson onto the bar and out for a corner.

Lowe tested Peter Jameson into an easy save with a shot from the edge of the area after 13 minutes, before Danny Lewis nearly gifted the home side the lead six minutes later with a mistake at the back, which couldn’t be capitalised on by Donaldson.

City took the lead after 22 minutes, when Akil Wright bundled the ball home from six yards out from a Mackenzie Heaney corner, a minute after they were kept out by an outstanding double-save by Lewis.

Heaney went close to doubling York’s lead, as his curling effort narrowly flew wide of Lewis’ left-hand post with the aid of a deflection just before the break.

The away side started to get on top in the early exchanges of the second half and as they went close to levelling the game. Lowe’s shot from effort was blocked by Matty Brown on the edge of the area, before Shep Murombedzi headed miles over from a free-kick from the right.

York struggled to break through against a tight Brackley defence in the second half, with the away side enjoying a large amount of possession.

Ndlovu put the ball out the ground as Brackley still went in search of an equaliser with fifteen minutes left on the clock, before the visitors found their equaliser with a stroke of luck.

Lowe equalised for the visitors with only five minutes of play left, as he guided a cross-shot from the right over the head of Jameson into the bottom left corner.

They continued pressuring the York defence and went close to taking the lead two minutes later when the bar was struck from a strong header, after a dangerous corner from the right.

Brackley would go on to win the game with two minutes to go when Ndlovu found a gap in the York defence to slot the ball low under Jameson into the bottom-right corner.

Brackley remain unbeaten in the league, whilst the Minstermen still remain searching for their first point this season.

York are back in action this coming Bank Holiday Monday, as the Minstermen travel to County Durham to take on Spennymoor Town at Brewery Field (3pm kick off).


York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Fielding, Brown, Charles (Gilchrist 89’), Dyson, Wright, McLaughlin, Heaney (Woods 68’), Donaldson (Willoughby 73’), Beck

Unused Subs: Campbell, Hopper

Booked: Heaney, Brown, Fielding


Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Mitford 78’), York, Prosser (Richards 83’), Lomas, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Rolt (Armson 59’), Walker

Unused Subs: Franklin, Cullinane-Liburd

Booked: N/A


Referee: Ed Duckworth


Match Statistics

Shots on target: York: 4  Brackley: 5

Shots off target:  York: 2  Brackley: 5

Corners: : York: 7  Brackley: 4

Offside: York: 1  Brackley: 1

Fouls: York: 9 Brackley: 6

Yellow cards:  York: 3  Brackley: 0

Red Cards: York: 0 Brackley: 0

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