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Southport draw extends unbeaten run to 12 games

By Bradley Saxton | 19th March 2022
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Southport
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York City
3
Haig Avenue
Saturday 19th Mar - 15:00

The Minstermen extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to twelve games after a thrilling 3-3 draw against play-off rivals Southport.

City fell behind against the Sandgrounders early on after only seven minutes, before Paddy McLaughlin levelled the game for the Minstermen in first-half stoppage time. 

The home side re-took the lead on the hour mark, but second-half goals from Jack McKay and Olly Dyson looked like all three points were returning to North Yorkshire, but a late equaliser from Jordan Archer punished York as they were forced to only settle for a point.

The Minstermen made it eleven games unbeaten in all competitions on Tuesday evening with a 0-0 draw at home to Curzon Ashton and John Askey was hoping his side could extend that run even further with a win over their playoff rivals.

Askey made only the one change ahead of kick off against Southport from the side that featured against Curzon Ashton in midweek, as Dyson returned to the starting eleven in the place of McKay.

Ahead of kick off, Southport sat a point above the Minstermen in the National League North table, but came into this fixture off the back of poor form after only collecting a single win from their previous six league games.

The home side took the lead at the Pure Stadium after only seven minutes through Niall Watson, who scored from close-range after Peter Jameson was forced off his line to try and clear the ball in the build-up.

City had chances to find an equaliser in a tight first-half in Merseyside and came close twice to finding that goal. Mitch Hancox was denied by a smart save by Cameron Mason, before Scott Barrow had a fierce effort also saved by the Southport shot-stopper.

The equaliser did come though on the stroke of half-time for the Minstermen, courtesy of McLaughlin. The midfielder fired home inside a packed penalty area from close-range, after getting onto the end of a flick on from a throw-in by captain Matty Brown.

Southport re-took the lead on the hour-mark at the Pure Stadium, as Dylan Vassallo fired the ball home from the edge of the area into the bottom-corner with the aid of a deflection, after a corner was only half cleared away by the Minstermen

Askey’s side weren’t going to roll over and they turned the style on in the final twenty minutes as they looked for second equaliser. After being on the pitch for only a minute, McKay fired home on the third attempt for York from close-range with twenty minutes to go, after Mason did well to keep out two previous attempts on goal.

It got even better for the away side as with ten minutes to go, they thought they had found a winner through Dyson to make it 3-2 to the Minstermen. The winger got onto the end of a through-ball from Dyson, who smashed the ball home beyond Mason into the bottom far corner.  

But with a minute to go of normal time, Archer headed home at the far post from a cross into the penalty area to ensure Southport would secure a crucial point.

The draw extends the Minstermen’s unbeaten run to twelve games in all competitions and it see’s them remain in seventh place in the National League North table, a point behind Southport with a game in hand.

They will look to extend their run even further on Tuesday evening when they entertain fellow play-off hopefuls Boston United at the LNER Community Stadium (7:45pm kick-off).

 

Southport: Mason (GK), Oliver, C.Doyle, Anson (C), J.Doyle, Bainbridge, Walter, Hmami, Vassallo, Watson (Woods 72’), Archer

Unused Subs: McMillan, Benjamin, Munro, Mansell

Goals: Watson (7’), Vassallo (62’), Archer (89’)

 

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown (C), Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin, Hancox, Dyson, John-Lewis, Willoughby (McKay 68’)

Unused Subs: Campbell, Sanders, Longdon, Woods

Goals: McLaughlin (45+2’), McKay (69’), Dyson (79’)

 

Referee: Richard Aspinall

Attendance: 1,565 (446 York City supporters)

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