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Late blow after Newton's double

By Ian Appleyard | 21st April 2018
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York City
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Leamington
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Bootham Crescent
Saturday 21st Apr - 15:00

A LATE goal by Leamington substitute Matt Dodd delivered another blow to City's promotion play-off hopes today at Bootham Crescent.

Dodd equalised in the 89th minute after captain Sean Newton had scored two goals to put City on the brink of a first victory in six games.

Striker Alex Kempster had inadvertently given Leamington the lead three minutes before the interval when turning a freekick into his own net.

Victory would have lifted City into eighth spot with one game to play - above Spennymoor Town who lost for the second game in a row against Curzon Ashton.

However, City remain in ninth spot - two points adrift of Bradford Park Avenue who moved into the final play-off spot courtesy of victory over Harrogate Town.

Now City's season will be over if Spennymoor pick up a minimum of THREE points from their games in hand against AFC Telford United and North Ferriby United on Tuesday and Thursday night.

However, should Spennymoor manage two points or less from their next two games it could leave up to seven clubs, including City, still chasing two remaining play-off spots on the final weekend.

Manager Martin Gray made three changes to his starting line-up this afternoon with Kempster, Connor Brown, and Aidan Connolly replacing James Gray, Jonny Burn, and Connor Smith.

Winger Vinnie Steels was unavailable due to injury but Clovis Kamdjo was back among the substitutes for the second time since returning from a 15 month injury lay-off.

City made a steady if unspectacular start but gradually began to carve out the better opportunities.

Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breeden made good saves to deny both Connolly and Simon Heslop while a shot from Newton was hacked off the line by centreback James Mace.

City, however, gifted the lead to Leamington three minutes before the interval when striker Kempster turned a freekick from Callum Gittings beyond Adam Bartlett and into his own net.

It was a cruel blow for the Minstermen but Kempster played a part in City's equaliser 11 minutes after halftime.

The former Whitley Bay striker laid the ball across the penalty area to Connolly whose attempted chip was blocked by goalkeeper Breeden and a defender. However, Newton was hand to seize on the rebound and drilled the ball into the roof of the unguarded net from 12 yards.

Hamza Bencherif headed wide from a long Daniel Parslow freekick, David Ferguson volleyed wide, and substitute Smith volleyed into the arms of goalkeeper Breeden as City applied steady pressure.

A second goal finally arrived with just four minutes to go as Newton headed in his 10th goal of the season when Breeden only half-blocked a thumping drive by Adriano Moke.

For three minutes, City looked on course for a victory that could have breathed new life into their play-off hopes.

But joy turned into despair in the 89th minute when Leamington substitute Matt Dodd rose at the far post to head in a cross from Liam Canavan.

York City: Bartlett; Brown (Burn 82), Parslow, Bencherif, Ferguson; Law, Heslop, Moke; Connolly; Newton (C), Kempster (Smith 73). Unused substitutes: Gray, Simpson, Kamdjo.

Leamington: Breeden (C), English, Gudger, Magunda (Dodd 58), Hood, Mace, Dunbar, Gittings, Udoh, Edwards, Obeng (Canavan 83). Unused substitutes: Taundry, Revan, Nicholson.

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Attendance: 2350 (inc. 107 away supporters).

Bookings: Heslop (City) Gittings, English, Dodd (Leamington).

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