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Boston end City's unbeaten run

22nd March 2022
Match Result
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LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 22nd Mar - 19:45

The Minstermen suffered their first defeat in thirteen games as Boston came out one nil winners,  on what was a disappointing night for York.

An unstoppable effort by Danny Elliot late in the first half was enough to see off City, who struggled to get going at the LNER Community Stadium.

York came into the game looking to regain winning form, after successive draws which has stalled the recent resurgence under Askey. Boston, who look to go level on points with the hosts into the playoffs, come in to the fixture following a narrow defeat to league leaders Gateshead. The season’s final game under the LNER lights, cannot be underestimated for its importance.

Jack McKay returned to the starting eleven for City, which was the only change from the weekends draw away to Southport, whilst York fans will have to wait to get a glimpse of new signing Maziar Kouhyar who is on international duty with Afghanistan. Tom Platt returns to face his former employers as he lined up in the Boston team, alongside top scorer Danny Elliot. Boston handed a debut to Femi Sheriki, the defender singed on loan from Sheffield United.

An early corner for the visitors saw Burrows beat his man and connect well with a header, which was well saved by Pete Jameson down to his right hand side. York took no time to respond, an inviting cross by Olly Dyson found Jack McKay whose header was deflected over for corner. From the resulting corner, York worked the ball well before Olly Dyson was picked out on the right hand side, Dyson cut in on his left foot, before unleashing a shot which was well saved by Marcus Dewhurst. Both sides showing real intent at the start of proceedings.

A driving run by Femi Seriki down Boston’s right hand side saw him burst into the York area, before a well weighted cut back to the penalty spot found the unmarked Elliot, who completely miscued his effort, which was scuffed wide. A huge let off for the Minstermen, Elliot will be disappointed not to have least hit the target.

From a Boston corner, York broke away with pace. The ball found its way too Dyson whose powerful drive on the edge of the area was parried by Dewhurst in the Pilgrims goal.

The Pilgrims took the lead through individual brilliance, Joe Lesesley did well to turn away from McKay in midfield before passing to Elliot, the latter cut in on his left foot from the edge of the area before his powerful strike curled over the helpless Pete Jameson.

As the referee blew the whistle for the half time interval, York and John Askey will not look back on that half with much fondness. A lacklustre performance saw the visitors dominate proceedings, finding themselves 0-1 up at the break. Seriki for the Pilgrims was a standout performer throughout the half, looking a constant threat for City, as debuts go, he was having a good one. York will know they can improve and will expect to up the intensity in the second half, Dyson looks like he could be the answer, he looked dangerous every time he got at the Boston back line.  

Five minutes into the second half, and whatever Askey said at half time seemed to have worked. York created a flurry of chances, with McKay tackled well by Seriki to deny him from going one against one with the Pilgrims keeper, and a scramble in the box resulted in a Paddy McLaughlin shot which was blocked for a corner. Positive signs as City look to impose themselves.

Nice interplay by York resulted in a surging run by Mitch Hancox, the midfielder set himself on the edge of the area with his strike going narrowly wide, Dewhurst looked beaten in goal. McLaughlin shortly after, followed Hancox’s example, with his powerful volley outside the box hitting the side netting. Somehow, a goal mouth scramble resulted in a City corner, three York players were swinging at the ball in the six yard box but good defending by Boston somehow kept York at bay. Thirty minutes remain, the atmosphere building, York looking increasing dangerous.

With eighty minutes on the clock, City’s substitutes Michael Woods and Kurt Willoughby combined well, Willoughby created space well for himself twenty yards out, his well driven effort was deflected agonisingly wide of the Boston goal.

Boston substitute Ntumba Massanka then beat his man to force his way into the York penalty area, his close range effort was saved well by Jameson with his feet. A late push by York saw an inviting cross by Willoughby deep into the Boston box, which was headed by Matty Brown but his header sailed over the visitors goal.

The full-time whistle blew on what was the Minstermen’s first defeat in thirteen games. A resolute Boston frustrated York throughout and a moment of brilliance by Elliot in the first half ended up being the difference. City looked better in the second half but for the second time in consecutive home games, failed to get on the scoresheet. York stay in the playoff places on goal difference, but have games in hand on those around them. Eleven big games still to go in the league, starting with Saturday’s game against Leamington, York will look to get back to winning ways.


York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown (C), Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (Woods 78’), Hancox, Dyson (Willoughby 78’), John-Lewis, McKay (Sanders 78’)

Unused subs: Campbell, Longdon, Willoughby


Boston United: Dewhurst, Platt, Shiels, Thanoj (Sault 90'), Burrow (Massanka 76’), Elliott, Abbott, Leesley, Byrne, Seriki, Nicholson

Unused subs: Duxbury, Preston, Armond


Attendance: 2,954 (148 away)

Referee: Dean Watson

Waitrose & Partners MOTM (chosen by York Cocoa Works): Michael Duckworth

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