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Minstermen beat Leamington to go five unbeaten

By Dan Simmonite | 17th August 2019
Match Result
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Bootham Crescent
Saturday 17th Aug - 15:00

City beat Leamington this afternoon thanks to goals from Alex Kempster and Jordan Burrow which gave the Minstermen their third successive victory in an unbeaten start to the season.

City named an unchanged side from when they beat Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night, with Steve Watson keen to replicate a similar performance.

And he will be pleased with what he saw as City started strong, Ferguson being played through on the left of the box only to be tackled before he could get a shot off.

This was followed by an early cross by Sean Newton, onto the head of Kieran Green; it was nearly déjà vu from the third goal against Blyth, but this time the ‘keeper saved down to his left.

David Ferguson had a lot of the possession down the left wing, and on 21 minutes produced a back-post cross on a plate for Alex Kempster to nod into the back of the net.

Leamington threatened with a slight chance after the first goal, Josh March striking from the edge but not threatening Pete Jameson in between the sticks.

Alex Kempster was close to grabbing another on 30 minutes, an in-swinging cross headed goal bound by the opening goal scorer and forcing Weaver to make a diving save.

City really dominated most of the ball for the rest of the half – possibly going into the break frustrated they were only one goal up.

Leamington had the first chance after half time, Josh March latching onto a cross from the right, but placing wide of the goal under pressure.

It was important for City to grab a second goal to give them a cushion, and that goal came through Jordan Burrow on 52 minutes – the frontman sneaking the ball in at the front post following a low cross by Kallum Griffiths from the right.

Andy Bond had two quick fire chances from the edge of the box minutes after the second goal, but both off target as City pushed for a third.

Jake Weaver dived at full stretch to deny Burrow another goal just past the hour mark, his header from a free kick looking certain to nestle in the bottom corner.

Leamington made all three of their changes on 68 minutes, hoping to put the brakes on the York City onslaught – City also bringing on Macaulay Langstaff for Andy Bond.

But the non-stop attack continued in the following minutes, another close effort from Burrow at the near post was followed by a free kick by Griffiths which the ‘keeper would only tip for a corner.

Langstaff had a good chance to get his name on the scoresheet on 77 minutes, the substitute going through on the right and hitting first time – Jake Weaver then palming into the path of Burrow, but a blue shirt was there to block inside the box.

Kieran Green made way for Nathan Dyer in the final minutes of the game to a rapturous round of applause from the fans – the midfielder bossing the midfield for much of the game.

Jameson had a low save to make in the last few seconds, but City finished the game victorious and with another clean sheet to solidify their position at the top of the table.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty, Newton, Ferguson, Bond (Langstaff 68’), Moke, Green (Dyer 87’), Kempster, Burrow

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Spratt, York

Leamington: Weaver, Mace (King 68’), Gudger, Clarke (Mussa 68’), Hood, Lane, Murphy, Gittings (Taylor 86’), March, Edwards, Anderson

Unused Substitutes:, Shamsi, Dunbar

Attendance: 2,258

Referee: Nathanael Cox

Man of the Match (Sponsored by Brew York and Supersonic Fitness): David Ferguson

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