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City record big win over Chester

1st February 2020
Match Result
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York City
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Chester FC
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 1st Feb - 15:00

A double from Kurt Willoughby and goals from Sean Newton and Kieran Green helped York close the gap at the top of the table, beating Chester 4-2 in a highly entertaining game at Bootham Crescent.

York were looking to extent the gap between themselves and todays visitors. Victory would move City eleven points clear of Chester. Steve Watson’s men came into this game having won 4 out of the last five league games, and were hoping to make it four home wins in a row.  

Chester lost their last game 2-0 away at Gateshead. It ended a four game unbeaten run in the league, and was their first league defeat of 2020. The Minstermen won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in October, with Dan Maguire scoring the games only goal.

Watson made one change to the team that beat Kettering last time out. Adriano Moke returned in place of Maguire.

York had the first chance of the game in the opening minute. A corner was flicked on by Newton and steered just over by Willoughby. Moke also tried his luck from the edge of the area but the ball flew over the bar.

The hosts continued to dominate the early stages. Chester centre back Simon Grand tried to head back to his keeper, but it fell short and Jordan Burrow had a chance one on one. Keeper Russ Griffiths saved well, and Willoughby’s follow up went over.

City made their dominance count in the 9th minute. A corner from Kallum Griffiths was met by Newton, who glanced it into the far corner to give City the perfect start.

With their first chance of the game, Chester equalised. Jamie Morgan picked the ball up on the edge of the box and drilled one low into the bottom corner.

The game certainly didn’t lack entertainment in the early stages. Green headed the hosts back ahead just past the 20 minute mark. A flurry of corners eventually ended with some success for City. The ball was headed out, lifted back in from the left hand side of the box and was headed in by Green, putting City 2-1 up.

Both sets of fans stood for a minutes applause in the 25th minute to show their respects for Jordan Sinnott, who sadly passed away last week. 

Burrow thought he had put City 3-1 up when he put David Ferguson’s cross into the net, however the linesman had his flag up.

With the wind causing problems, Willoughby managed to get on the end of a ball floated over the top. He scuffed his shot from inside the area, making it easy for the keeper to gather.

Ferguson again crossed brilliantly left footed, and once again found Burrow in the box. His header was on target and claimed easily by Chester’s keeper.

Other than the goal, Chester didn’t really created any chances in the first half. Bradley Jackson had a half chance of the edge of the box which he hit straight at Peter Jameson. Joel Taylor then hit one way over the bar from the left hand side.

City made it 3-1 with five minutes of the first half remaining. Green dinked the ball to the back stick, past every yellow shirt and into the path of Willoughby who tapped home his first goal in a York shirt.

A late corner for City was headed clear by a yellow shirt, as the referee blew the whistle to end an action packed first half, one that was dominated by York.

Green had the first shot of the half for York, dragging it wide from 25 yards.

Ten minutes into the second half and Chester got themselves back into the game. A ball in from the left was headed out, but only as far as George Glendon who took a touch, and hit it into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later and Willoughby got his second of the game to restore the two goal lead for York. Willoughby headed in from six yards out, but had Newton to thank, who’s cross from the left hand side was perfect, right onto the strikers head who used the pace of the ball to guide it into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.

Chester goal scorer Morgan was sent off midway through the second half. He got his first yellow shortly before, after blocking off a run on the edge of the box. Soon after, he was booked again for a late tackle on Ferguson, leaving the away side to play the last 20 minutes with ten men.

Willoughby almost guided a cross past the keeper which would have completed his hat-trick. Watson replaced the striker after that, bringing on Maguire.

Maguire got the better of his man inside the box and tried to fire one across the keeper, but his shot was dragged wide, as City looked for a fifth goal late on.

York kept hold of the ball in the final few stages to close out a much deserved victory against the 10 men of Chester.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Ferguson, Newton, McNulty ©, Tait, Moke, McLaughlin, Burrow, Green (Green 85), Willoughby (Maguire 73)

Unused substitutes: Langstaff, Kempster, King

Chester: Griffiths, Morgan, Taylor, Burton © (Stopforth 67), Livesey, Grand, Jackson, Glendon, Asante, Johnston (Dudley 67), Ngwatala (Jones 52)

Unused substitutes: K Roberts, G Roberts

Attendance: 3543 (677 away)

Referee: Scott Tallis


Report by Jack Witham.

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