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City win seven goal thriller

By Ian Appleyard | 19th August 2017
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
4
Nuneaton Borough Logo
Nuneaton Borough
3
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 19th Aug - 15:00

YORK City survived a late fightback by Nuneaton Town to secure a first home win of the season.

Trailing 3-0 thanks to goals from Michael Rankine (pictured) and Simon Heslop (2), the visitors were handed a lifeline in the 68th minute when referee Stephen Copeland awarded a penalty for a foul by City goalkeeper Jon Worsnop on Ashley Chambers.

Former City striker Chambers duly converted from the spot to make it 3-1 but City restored their three goal advantage, two minutes later, when Rankine scored a penalty after being fouled by Nuneaton substitute Brad Gascoigne.

However, the game was far from over and Nuneaton scored twice in the final seven minutes of the game through Chambers and Jordan Nicholson to leave City hanging on for the three points.

City made the best possible start to the game - taking the lead after just 37 seconds when striker Rankine headed home a left-wing cross from Sean Newton.

Town struggled to get into the contest and it was no surprise when City doubled their lead on 23 minutes courtesy of Heslop.

City had won a corner when goalkeeper Tyrell Belford tipped a header from Amari Morgan-Smith over the crossbar.  Newton’s deadball reached Heslop on the edge of the penalty area and his half volley fizzed into the roof of the net.

There was a scare for City on 31 minutes when Heslop under-hit a back pass forcing Worsnop to dash off his line and save at the feet of advancing Town striker Brady Hickey.

But it was a rare moment of first half concern  for City who enjoyed far more possession and limited their opponents to few real goalscoring opportunities.

Heslop made it 3-0 to City seven minutes after the interval – hitting a low shot through a crowded penalty area from a corner.

City looked to be on the way to a comfortable three points but when Chambers was nudged over by Worsnop in the box it led to a tense finale.

Rankine made it 4-1 to City from the penalty spot but Chambers scored his second goal of the game in the 83rd minute when Worsnop spilled a low cross from Nicholson.

He then turned provider in the 89th minute when pulling the ball back from the byline for Nicholson to make it 4-3.

Summer signing Jassem Sukar made his first start for City as a replacement for suspended centreback Hamza Bencherif.  Striker Jon Parkin was again ruled out with a calf injury.

York City: Worsnop, Law, Parslow, Sukar, Whittle; Heslop, Moke (Connolly 63), Newton; Almond (Smith 78), Rankine, Morgan-Smith. Unused substitutes: Muggleton, Felix, Wharton.

Nuneaton Town: Belford, L.Wildin, C.Wildin, Daniels, Ashton (Gascoigne,39), Heaton, Beswick, Elliott (Glover 78), Chambers, Hickey (Ball 78), Nicholson. Unused substitutes: Taylor, Henshall.

Referee: Stephen Copeland

Attendance: 2,430

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