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York held to a draw by Gateshead

By Dan Simmonite | 26th August 2019
Match Result
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York City
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Bootham Crescent
Monday 26th Aug - 15:00

City remain unbeaten in the National League North after a 1-1 draw against Gateshead; Jordan Burrow opening the scoring early on and Gateshead grabbing their goal through a penalty just before half time.

It was a fixture in which saw Steve Watson and Micky Cummins take on their former Gateshead captain Mike Williamson, who turned out as player-manager, starting centre back for The Heed on a sweltering hot day at Bootham Crescent.

City got off to a dream start thanks to a routine David Ferguson low cross down from the left, put into the back of the net by Jordan Burrow at the near post – the frontman scoring against his old club.

The management team expected a tactical battle against their old teammate and opted to replace an injured Steve McNulty with forward player Macaulay Langstaff on 8 minutes – switching to four at the back.

Alex Kempster went close to doubling the lead minutes later, weaving through the white shirts on the edge of the box and forcing a low save from Brad James with his left foot.

The Geordie striker troubled the Gateshead full backs throughout the first half and won several corners for the Minstermen.

And Sean Newton nearly capitalised on one of the set plays, leaping above the Gateshead defence and heading agonisingly over the crossbar.

The Heed were a threat up top with on-loan Rotherham United striker Joshua Kayode looking lively, notably going through on the right and his cross blocked as far as Nicky Deverdics who hit wide of the post.

David Ferguson hit the crossbar on 35 minutes after another cross from the left travelled towards goal, hitting the woodwork and bouncing out at the back post.

City looked the team in control up until added time in the first half when Kayode wriggled through the City defence on the right and was deemed to be tripped inside the box by a City defender.

Connor Oliver then stepped up from the spot and sent Pete Jameson the wrong way to equalise just before half time.

City had an onslaught of corners in the early stages of the second half, but no attacking effort challenging the Gateshead goalkeeper.

Gateshead also had their chances with Connor Oliver gunning for his second with a 30-yard strike whistling past Jameson’s post with the City goalkeeper at full stretch.

Harry Spratt was introduced for his debut on 65 minutes, replacing Kieran Green as Steve Watson tested his tactics to try and architect a victory with Gateshead slowing down the play.

Jameson was called into action on 77 minutes, saving low to his left and clutching the ball after Paul Blackett got the best of a bouncing ball over the top and tried one from distance.

Gateshead had a glorious chance to steal the three points on 86 minutes, Nicky Deverdics finding space on the edge and firing inches over the crossbar.

City attacked for the majority of injury time, but the referee blew his whistle after five added minutes – City ending up with a draw which keeps the club top of the National League North.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty © (Langstaff 8’, York 82’), Newton, Ferguson, Moke, Bond, Green (Spratt 65’), Burrow, Kempster

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Dyer

Gateshead: James, Nicholson, Barrow ©, Oliver, Lees, Williamson (Forbes 55’), Deverdics, Agnew, Kayode (Blackett 62’), Olley, O’Donnell

Unused Substitutes: Thompson, Guthrie, Tear

Attendance: 3,157 (306 away support)

Referee: John Matthews

Man of the Match (Sponsored by JM Packaging): Jordan Burrow

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