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City go five points clear with Chester win

By Dan Simmonite | 26th October 2019
Match Result
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Deva Stadium
Saturday 26th Oct - 15:00

The Minstermen went five points clear at the top of the National League North this afternoon after a much-improved second half performance, coupled with a Dan Maguire goal, gave City the win over second-placed Chester.

Chester had drawn the previous three League games, which gave City a two-point cushion as well as a game in hand going into the highly anticipated fixture at the Deva Stadium.

It was a miracle the game went ahead, with overnight rainfall putting the contest into doubt, but the ground staff at Chester managed to maintain the pitch and get the go-ahead from the referees before 3pm.

The top-of-the-table clash kicked off with Chester coming across the more attacking side in the first few minutes, pushing forward primarily through the left with Joel Taylor seeing a lot of the ball.

On 10 minutes City defended a dangerous attack which saw a vital tackle followed up with a clearance after a short scramble in the box.

Taylor then tested with a few crosses from the left, well dealt with by Pete Jameson, and then a shot from distance which shaped up to be promising but hit well over the bar.

Dan Maguire started his second-successive game after coming back from an injury but struggled to get any decent chance in the first half as he tried to dribble his way through on 23 minutes, only to be halted by a wall of Chester defenders.

City had their first good chance minutes later, a ball into the box from the left headed inches wide at the front post by Jordan Burrow.

Chester went close after that, Taylor again down the left, beating Kallum Griffiths and fizzing one across the area which caused problems but eventually cleared by City.

City then nearly got lucky with an Andy Bond drive from the edge which was helped on by Kempster and placed just wide of the post with Russ Griffiths in the Chester goal wrong-footed.

Anthony Dudley was amongst it all game for the home side, Steve Watson’s former player finding himself with the ball in the area just before half time, turning his man and attempting to pass inside which was vitally blocked.

After a mixed first half from the Minstermen the boys came out fighting after the break, Burrow nearly converting a David Ferguson cross early on in the half – connecting with his chest but unable to direct into the net with the ball coming at pace.

City looked very dominant and after an onslaught on the Chester goal Maguire finally opened the scoring, latching onto a cross by Kempster from the left and slotting in under the goalkeeper from six yards to net his first competitive goal of the season.

Immediately after, Kempster fancied a goal of his own and took the ball from the middle of the pitch right into the Chester box, skinning the oncoming defenders, but unable to finish as his side footed effort was cleared away after another blue shirt tracked back.

Chester made a double change on 68 minutes in an attempt to sway the game, and substitute Danny Elliott looked poised to do just that as he took two long-range strikes from distance, the latter winning a corner for the Blues.

Ferguson nearly made it two on 81 minutes, breaking into the box with a neat move on the left and firing goal bound – only for a Chester defender to get a crucial block in at the near post.

The home side really pushed for an equaliser the latter stages of the game, notably Jamie Morgan beating the offside trap and nearly getting his head on a dinked ball over the City defence.

Bond was almost very unlucky after a hopeful early cross by Gary Roberts to the front post skidded off the midfielder’s studs and whistled past the back post on 85 minutes.

Their best chance however was on 88 minutes, a glancing header going through to the back post where Dudley slid in but couldn’t make connection as the ball went out for a goal kick to the relief of the City faithful.

City ran down the clock in the four minutes of additional time and booming cheers followed from the away end when the whistle blew as City took all three points from the important encounter.

The team now go into Tuesday night’s game with the prospect of going eight points clear if they can overcome Boston United.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Tait, McNulty ©, Newton, Ferguson, Moke, Bond, Kempster, Burrow, Maguire (Green 74’)

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Spratt, Durrell, McFarlane

Chester: Griffiths, K. Roberts, Taylor, G. Roberts ©, Livesey (Morgan 78’), Grand, Jackson, Glendon, Dudley, Hughes (Waring 68’), Stopforth (Elliott 68’)

Unused Substitutes: Waters, Burton

Attendance: 3,653 (722 away)

Referee: Nathaniel Cox

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