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Kempster on target in City victory

2nd March 2019
Match Result
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York City
New Windmill Ground
Saturday 2nd Mar - 15:00

Alex Kempster's first half goal gave City a fourth consecutive victory this afternoon at Leamington.

The striker scored from close-range in the 11th minute after Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breeden failed to hold a shot from Hamza Bencherif.

Leamington pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half but winger Jordan Murphy spurned a golden opportunity when shooting over the bar after slipping past David Ferguson and defender Jamie Hood sent a free header over the crossbar at a corner.

On a bobbly pitch and with the wind causing problems for both sides, City showed plenty of character and resolve to keep a clean sheet.

Manager Steve Watson had been forced into one change with Bencherif replacing the injured David Mirfin.

City enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half but were unable to double their lead.

Winger Wes York might have scored with a far post header and Bencherif also headed over the crossbar.

All three previous meetings between the two clubs had ended in 2-2 draws with Leamington scoring late equalisers.

It was another nail-biting finale for City supporters but the Minstermen held on for a gutsy victory and move up to 11th position in Vanarama National League North, six points adrift of the play-off zone with nine games to play.

Leamington: Breeden; English, Hood, Mace, Gudger (Lane 81); Clarke, Wilding (Flanagan 73); Sweeney (Obeng 50), Murphy; Edwards; Bishop. Unused substitutes: Taylor, Newey.

York City: Bartlett; Griffiths, Bencherif, Newton, Ferguson; Burgess, Moke, McLaughlin; York (Law 66), Burrow, Kempster. Unused substitutes: Dyer, Harris, Parkin, Whitley.

Referee: Michael Barlow

Attendance: TBC

Goals: Kempster 11

Bookings: Bencherif (City), Gudger, Murphy (Leamington)


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