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Darlington hold on for three points against City

21st December 2019
Match Result
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York City
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Bootham Crescent
Saturday 21st Dec - 15:00

Adam Campbell’s stunning strike from distance was enough to give Darlington all three points at Bootham Crescent as City were defeated 1-0.

York were looking to do the double against Darlington, after a 2-0 victory back in September. Alex Kempster and Paddy McLaughlin were on the scoresheet that day.

There was one change to the side that drew with Kettering last time out, Andy Bond replacing McLaughlin.

Peter Jameson was forced to make a smart save inside the first minute, tipping Campbell’s effort past the post.

Campbell gave Darlington the lead with an unstoppable effort from distance on 8 minutes. His left footed shot went in off the bar, leaving Jameson with no chance.

Some remarkable defending from Joe Tait kept the away sides lead to just one goal. Jameson took a chance against Campbell, who managed to tackle the City keeper. Campbell only had to beat Tait, but the defender slid in to prevent a second goal.

City had their first big chance 20 minutes in. David Ferguson put a low ball into both Alex Kempster and Jordan Burrow. Somehow, the ball didn’t end up in the back of the net.

Jameson then came a long way out of his area and tackling brilliantly as Darlington threatened with a ball over the top of the City defence.

Jarrett Rivers found himself in space in the box after a ball came in from the left. He managed to get a shot away on the turn, but it went wide.

Another low ball across the box from Ferguson found Burrow. His connection wasn’t clean, and Darlington managed to get it clear.

Jameson was then involved again, saving well from a powerful strike from outside the area.

Just two minutes later, Campbell struck the post. His thunderous shot had beaten Jameson but the ball came back into play off the woodwork, and York managed to clear.

City had more of the ball in the last ten minutes but couldn’t find a goal before the break. The away side went in at halftime 1-0 up.

Manager Steve Watson made all of his possible three changes at the start of the second half. Kieran Green, Patrick McLaughlin and Macaulay Langstaff were all brought into the action.

Sean Newton tried his luck from distance early into the second half. Darlington keeper Chris Elliott was able to gather it.

Rivers had the away sides first chance of the second half, hitting his shot straight at Jameson who was able to catch it.

Jameson then pulled off a great save to prevent Campbell getting his second. The striker managed to get in one-on-one, but Jameson was out quickly to smother the chance.

City had a great chance to go level through Kempster. He found space on the right hand side of the box and was able to shoot right footed, only for his effort to go wide.

Burrow then should have levelled it for York. A free kick came in from the left hand side, the ball found its way to Burrow who could only manage to hit the crossbar from close range.

City then hit the bar again, this time through Langstaff. Adriano Moke crossed from the right, onto the head of Langstaff who glanced it onto the bar.

Langstaff had another chance shortly after. Ferguson crossed from the left, the ball went all the way to the back stick where Langstaff was waiting, but he couldn’t get his effort on target.

City were really pushing for an equaliser and Green was next to come close. After some neat build up play on the right hand side, the ball found the onrushing Green who hit his shot straight at the ‘keeper.

Shortly after that, Kempster did brilliantly down the right hand side to deliver a cross to Burrow who just couldn’t get enough on it.

York continued to push for an equaliser, and despite a much improved second half performance, Darlington held on to claim all three points.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths (Green 46), Ferguson, Newton, McNulty ©, Tait, Moke, Bond (Longstaff 46), Burrow, Durrell (McLaughlin 46) , Kempster

Unused substitutes: Spratt, Whitley

Darlington: Elliott, Hedley, Liddle, Wheatley, Lang, Storey, Rivers, Hatfield, Campbell (Watson 82), Reid, Thompson © (Donawa 73)

Unused substitutes: Lambert, Holness, Bascome

Attendance: 3187 (668 away)

Referee: Thomas Kirk



Report by Jack Witham.

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