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City return to winning ways against Chester FC

By Bradley Saxton | 26th April 2022
Match Result
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Deva Stadium
Tuesday 26th Apr - 19:45

A Lenell John-Lewis goal fired the Minstermen back into the National League North play-off positions after they secured a 1-0 win over Chester FC in the Walled City Derby.

The on-loan Grimsby Town forward scored the only goal of the game at the Deva Stadium as York ensured they returned to winning ways in North Wales.

City suffered late heartbreak at the weekend, conceding late on as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Gloucester City at the LNER Community Stadium. John Askey was hoping his side could bounce back as they looked to secure a win which would see them move back into the National League North playoff positions.  

Askey made two changes from the side that drew with Gloucester City on Saturday. Olly Dyson and Jack McKay both returned to the starting eleven, as Kurt Willoughby dropped to the bench and captain Matty Brown missed out through injury.

Sam Sanders reverted to a more central role in the heart of the defence alongside Maxim Kouogun, whilst there there was also a place on the bench for defender Josh King, who returned to the matchday squad after being out for the last four months through injury.

City faced off against a Chester FC side managed by former York manager Steve Watson, who left the club earlier this season. His side came into this game hoping his side could secure back-to-back league victories after they defeated Farsley Celtic 1-0 at the weekend.

Askey’s side were unbeaten against Chester FC in their previous eight encounters, winning five of those games in the process and the City boss was hoping his side could extend that record even further.

The away side started the game strongly and nearly took the lead after only three minutes at the Deva Stadium. A low ball was driven into the penalty area from Scott Barrow towards the back post and home defender David Fitzpatrick nearly put the ball back across goal into the back of the net, but his clearance fizzled out of play for a corner ball.

Matty Williams had time and space on the edge of the City penalty area to shoot for the home side after nine minutes, but his effort went well high of goal, before Maziar Kouhyar tested his luck for City moments later as he narrowly curled wide of goal after cutting inside from the right-hand side to shoot.

Great work by Dyson five minutes later saw the full back drop his shoulder on the right hand side and cross towards the back-post, his ball in was met by the head of John-Lewis, but the forward was unable to make the most of his header from close-range as he saw his weak effort kept out by the legs of Chester keeper Wyll Stanway.

York were well on top in possession and nearly forced another mistake at the back from the Chester defence. Mitch Hancox’s ball across the face of goal fell to Chester defender Simon Grand at the far post, who’s clearance was misjudged, slicing the ball out of play over his own crossbar for another York corner.

John-Lewis forced another mistake at the back for Chester as he capitalised on a loose back-pass by Harrison Burke, but the forward was unable to beat Stanway on the edge of the area as the Chester keeper came well out of his area to deal with the loose ball.

Against the run of play, Chester nearly took the lead with ten minutes to go before half-time. Declan Weeks ran at Barrow on the right-hand side, crossed towards the back-post where the ball was headed back across goal by Marcus Dackers, the ball fell to Burke in a central position and on the turn he shot towards goal, but his effort was excellently read and cleared off the line by City defender Sam Sanders.

Hancox tried his luck from 25-yards out with a fierce drive looking destined for the top-right corner, but his effort was well held by Stanway as neither side could find an opening during a tight first-half in North Wales.

Chester were presented with a brilliant opportunity to break the deadlock four minutes into the second half after Dyson had brought down Darren Stephenson right on the edge of the penalty area. Matt Sargent’s free-kick lacked the power to beat the City wall, before Week’s attempted follow-up effort went well over the bar and out of the ground.

City ensured they carried on the pressure going forward that they applied in the first-half and Hancox was inches away from handing his side the lead as he drove a low-strike wide of goal from long-range, before Akil Wright headed wide of goal at the near post, after jumping high to meet a Kouhyar corner from the right-hand side.

John-Lewis broke the deadlock for the Minstermen with just over twenty minutes to go, as he scored his second goal of the season for the club. A long-ball down the line by Dyson was superbly kept in play by Kouhyar, he looked up and squared the ball centrally towards John-Lewis, who fired home a fierce left-footed side-footed effort beyond Stanway at his near post.

The away side continued to threaten the Chester backline as they looked to double their lead. Kouhyar dropped his shoulder and turned Grand on the edge of the Chester area, before firing a left-footed effort towards goal, which was superbly put behind for a corner by Stanway with ten minutes to go.

Chester had a brilliant chance to find themselves level in the game with only four minutes to go as Stephenson got in-behind the York defence on the left-hand side, but a brilliantly-timed interception by Dyson ensured City would return to North Yorkshire with a clean sheet and all three points.

The win sees the Minstermen record a league double over Chester FC, as they move back into the playoff positions up to sixth in the league table.  

City are back on the road again this weekend in the National League North as they make the short trip across to West Yorkshire to take on Farsley Celtic on Saturday afternoon at the Citadel (3pm kick-off).


Chester FC: Stanway (GK), Roberts, Grand, Weeks, Fitzpatrick, Glendon (C), Stephenson, Sargent (Simmonds 69’), Burke, Williams (Apter 46’), Dackers (Roache 79’)

Unused Subs: Gray, Livesey, Roache

Goals: N/A


York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson, Sanders, Kouogun, Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (C), Hancox (Woods 89'), McKay (Donaldson 61’), John-Lewis, Kouhyar

Unused Subs: Campbell, King, Willoughby

Goals: John-Lewis (68’)


Referee: Michael Crusham

Attendance: 1,528

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