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City record vital win over Kidderminster

By Dan Simmonite | 22nd February 2020
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Aggborough Stadium
Saturday 22nd Feb - 15:00

City went back top of the National League North this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

A single goal just moments into the second half from Dan Maguire was the difference on the day.

Before the game Steve Watson made two changes from the previous game against Boston, with Andy Bond coming in for Kalum Griffiths and Dan Maguire starting in place of Jordan Burrow.

It took 9 minutes for the first real chance of the game, Kidderminster going close after Alex Prosser swung in a free kick from the right with his left foot which dipped just wide at the far post.

City moved the ball well in the first half and nearly found a way through as Maguire was played into the box on the right, but he couldn’t test Will Mannion between the sticks whilst battling with a Harriers defender.

Mannion again stopped an attack from Maguire as the nippy forward wriggled through on the right of the box only for the goalkeeper to sweep up the danger.

A Harriers corner in on 26 minutes was then met by the head of Milan Butterfield who nodded just over the crossbar.

Pete Jameson was called into action a minute later when he saved a long-range strike, with David Ferguson blocking the rebound on the right.

Paddy McLaughlin took a knock on 40 minutes and was substituted before half time, with Kallum Griffiths coming on and Adriano Moke then moving into a holding midfield role.

A ball into the box just before half time was just behind Kieran Green who couldn’t keep his header under the crossbar.

City started the second half in emphatic fashion as a header back by Alex Penny was intercepted by none other than Dan Maguire who then made no mistake with his finish into the corner just seconds into the final 45 minutes.

Kidderminster then enjoyed a good spell of possession against City which was followed by a lengthy attack which was well defended by the Minstermen and eventually cleared by Joe Tait.

Maguire had scored his first goal since the win over Chester back in October, but was keen to add to his tally and made himself a nuisance in the area, notably on 60 minutes receiving a through ball into the box, winning a fifty-fifty and then going close to goal before Mannion gathered the ball.

Jordan Burrow came on later in the half and nearly scored on 69 minutes, latching onto a Sean Newton free kick and heading inches wide.

Milan Butterfield then had two quickfire chances, both from outside the area, the first a thunderbolt blocked by Steve McNulty and the second just whistling over the crossbar.

Pete Jameson produced a match-winning save just before the final whistle as he tipped over a pin-point strike by Ashley Hemmings which was destined for the top corner if it wasn’t for the quick reflexes of City’s number one.

After three minutes of injury time City saw the game out and recorded their 18th win of the season which puts the Minstermen two points clear at the top of the table.

York City: Jameson, Bond, Tait, McNulty ©, Newton, Ferguson, Moke, McLaughlin (Griffiths 40’), Green, Maguire (Burrow 62’), Willoughby (Kempster 79’)

Unused substitutes: King, York

Kidderminster Harriers: Mannion, Penny, Austin, R. Williams (Johnson 66’), Moyo ©, Lowe, Prosser, Butterfield, Chambers (Samuels 81’), Hemmings, Shenton (E. Williams 61’)

Unused substitutes: Palmer, Freemantle

Attendance: 1,574 (281 away support)

Referee:  Richard Holmes

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