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Goalless draw against Kettering

By Dan Simmonite | 7th December 2019
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Latimer Park
Saturday 7th Dec - 15:00

City drew 0-0 with Kettering Town this afternoon in tough playing conditions at Latimer Park.

The game was originally in doubt when the players turned up and were forced to change in the dark due to a nearby power cut. The City squad were also instructed to warm up on a pitch outside the ground with uncertainty over the playing surface before kick-off. 

However, the referee declared the game to be on with no delay after power was sourced for the floodlights before 3pm. 

Whilst City found it hard to adjust to the heavy surface, Kettering took advantage with a string of early lumped balls upfield which forced Pete Jameson to clear with Aaron O’Connor praying on his first touch. 

O’Conner eventually got a good chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes, having two shots inside the box, both blocked and the latter deflected for a corner. 

City retaliated with an initial shot saved by Paul White and then the acrobatic rebound from Alex Kempster tipped over the crossbar by the Kettering goalkeeper. 

Kempster then curled one just wide of the mark on 25 minutes with his right foot from outside the area. 

Jameson saved well a few minutes after, and then mopped up any danger by catching the following cross into the box. 

Kallum Griffiths stopped what seemed an almost certain Aaron O’Connor goal, as the wing back cleared off the line after a header beat Pete Jameson between the sticks. 

Joe Tait then went close on 40 minutes, gaining the ball in the box following a corner, but smashing just over the crossbar in a crowded penalty area. 

O’Connor had a glorious chance to give Kettering the lead just before half time, the forward spinning in the box and firing over the bar from point-blank range. 

City had the first opportunity after the break, Sean Newton forcing a save from the goalkeeper after a free kick on the edge, and Kempster hitting the rebound just over the crossbar under pressure. 

Former City man Daniel Nti was more present for the home side in the second half and was eager to score after he struck a ferocious effort just wide on 58 minutes. 

Steve McNulty did well to clear two low Kettering crosses just past the hour mark as the home side grew in confidence during the contest. 

Newton again went close with a free kick, this time just wide of the top corner. 

Nti then did well to run down the wing and fizz a ball across goal which was subsequently hit out of play by a red shirt.

Tait had replaced an injured Josh King in the first eleven, but struggled with an injury of his own later in the second half and was subbed off for Harry Spratt on 77 minutes. 

Jordan Burrow broke through in the dying stages of the game and managed to cross from the byline which was blocked as far as Elliott Durrell who could only scoop the ball into the grateful hands of Paul White. 

The game ended goalless – the first 0-0 since August for City who now go into the two week break just three points from the top of the table. 

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait (Spratt 77’), McNulty, Newton, Ferguson, McLaughlin, Moke (Green 71’), Durrell, Burrow, Kempster 

Unusued Substitutes: Whitley, Bond, Langstaff 

Kettering Town: White; Stohrer, Graham, McGrath, Taylor; Nti, Solkhon, Kennedy, Richens, Meikle; A. O’Connor 

Unusued Substitutes: Kelly, Carta, Mitford, Sebbeh, J. O’Connor 

Attendance: 859 

Referee: Dean Watson 

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