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City grab point at Chorley

By Dan Simmonite | 12th April 2022
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Victory Park
Tuesday 12th Apr - 19:45

City were left frustrated after only getting a point against promotion hopefuls Chorley at Victory Park.

The Minstermen were on top at half time before undeservedly losing their lead, only to claw back a goal in the final minutes of the game through Mitch Hancox for a draw.

John Askey made one change to his side with Hancox returning from injury and replacing Jack McKay as Maziar Kouhyar was moved onto the wing.

Kurt Willoughby looked hungry to score early on when he latched onto a Pete Jameson goalkick which made its way over the defence, Willoughby gambled and won the ball, but his strike was curled wayward from an acute angle.

Chorley’s Connor Hall then had a golden opportunity to open the scoring, with great play down the left and the ball finding it’s way across the box where the forward put wide from point blank range.

City pushed on and a move started by Olly Dyson down the right found Lenell John-Lewis who put the ball on a plate for Willoughby to net his 11th of the season at the back post on 15 minutes.

Magpie marksman Jack Sampson could have equalised on 20 minutes, after a Chorley man found him unmarked at the back post from a free kick, but he skewed his effort well wide.

John-Lewis already had an assist to his name but fancied his name on the scoresheet with real effort and workrate in the first half nearly rewarded as he picked up a ball over the top on the right of the box, but he couldn’t keep his first-time strike under the crossbar.

The game was turned on its head on 50 minutes after a free kick not given for a foul on Hancox gifted the home side a way back into the game as they went up the other end and equalised through a Willem Tomlinson thunderbolt which hit the roof of the net.

But City didn’t lie down and used their frustrations to try and forge another goal, this time Maziar Kouhyar skinning two men in midfield before striking towards the top corner – prompting a fantastic save from Matt Urwin.

There was a big shout for a penalty with 20 minutes to go, Hancox again amongst it as he latched onto a ball over the top and was pushed over when one-on-one, but play continued as the referee said no penalty.

Chorley took advantage on 79 minutes, a header to the back post finding Billy Whitehouse who turned and arrowed his strike into the bottom corner giving his side the lead in unlikely circumstances.

City battled back however and Hancox fired an equaliser straight back, a trademark finish from the edge of the area and a deserved finish from the midfielder.

A final chance laded in the hands of Kurt Willoughby when a rare free kick was given on the edge, but the forward curled agonisingly wide in the dying moments.

Chorley ran down the clock and the Minstermen took a point from the contest which now moves the club back into a playoff place with seven games to go.

City now turn their attentions to Good Friday where a bumper crowd at the LNER Community Stadium could give them the edge over their Gloucestershire visitors. Kick-off is 3pm.


York City: Jameson, Dyson, Kouogun, Brown ©, Barrow, McLaughlin, Wright, Hancox, Kouhyar, John-Lewis, Willoughby

Unused subs: Campbell, Sanders, McKay, Longdon, Donaldson

Goals: Willoughby (15’), Hancox (81’)

Yellows: Hancox, Wright, Dyson


Chorley: Urwin, Halls, Leather ©, Baines, Whitehouse, Calveley, Sampson (Blyth 90), Tomlinson, Blakeman, Alli (Shenton 75), Hall (Holmes 61)

Unused subs: Henley, Carroll

Goals: Tomlinson (50’), Whitehouse (79’)


Attendance: 1,157

Referee: Jamie O’Connor



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