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City held to late draw against Gloucester

By Bradley Saxton | 23rd April 2022
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Saturday 23rd Apr - 15:00

The Minstermen suffered late heartbreak as a last-minute Kevin Dawson penalty meant City were held to a 1-1 draw against ten-man Gloucester City.

The visitors were reduced to ten-men late in the first-half as Tom Harrison was shown a straight red card just before half time.

After missing the last seven games through injury, Michael Woods came off the bench to hand York the lead with ten minutes to go, but the visitors were awarded a 90th minute penalty by the referee, which allowed Dawson to step up from twelve yards to send Peter Jameson the wrong way.

York endured a tough afternoon in Derbyshire last Monday after they fell to a 3-0 defeat against in-form Alfreton Town, but John Askey was hoping his side could put the result behind them and bounce back with a win.

Michael Duckworth missed out of the side after being stretchered off during the first half against Alfreton. Olly Dyson and Clayton Donaldson also missed out as they both moved onto the bench.  

Sam Sanders, Kurt Willoughby and Lenell John-Lewis were the three players drafted into the starting eleven by Askey, as they looked to secure a win which could see the Minstermen move back into the National League North play-off spots.

Woods also returned to the matchday squad, as he took his place on the substitutes bench after missing the last seven games through injury.

The visitors travelled to North Yorkshire hoping to secure back-to-back league wins after they beat Hereford FC 1-0 on Bank Holiday Monday.

Gloucester also hoped that they could secure a league double over the Minstermen, after they defeated City 4-0 earlier in the season at New Meadow Park back in August.

Both sets of teams were greeted by a wall of noise as they entered the pitch ahead of kick-off, with City fans flying the new set of flags with pride behind the goal, which were recently supplied by the Supporters Trust.

It was a slow start made by both sides as they struggled to cut open each other, but Paddy McLaughlin went close after 17 minutes for City with a side-footed effort on goal which was blocked by a Gloucester defender, before John-Lewis’s attempted follow-up was deflected out for a corner.

McLaughlin went close again for the Minstermen four minutes later when he dragged a low left-footed shot wide of goal from the edge of the area, before the visitors went close with their first chance of the game, but Gloucester captain Dawson curled his effort well over the crossbar.

The home side looked well on top in the opening half-hour and captain Matty Brown went close again for City as he glanced a header wide of goal at the far post as he met a curling free-kick into the area by Maziar Kouhyar, before Kouhyar himself had a low cross into the area tipped away by a Gloucester defender for a corner ball a minute later.

City were handed an advantage nine minutes before half-time as Gloucester were reduced to ten men. Harrison was awarded a straight red card by referee James Bancroft, after the centre back brought down John-Lewis after the City forward got in-behind the Gloucester defensive line.

Scott Barrow was denied with the resulting free-kick, having a low effort well saved by Gloucester keeper Harvey Wiles-Richards, before John-Lewis was inches away from handing City the lead as he gambled on a loose-ball from six-yards out but his effort lacked the power to beat Wiles-Richards.

It took Gloucester 43 minutes to record their first attempt on target and City keeper Jameson was called into action to deny Jordan Thompson’s towering header from close-range, as he ensured that the Minstermen would go into the break level in North Yorkshire.

City started the second period brightly and midfielder Mitch Hancox went close for City from long-range, forcing Wiles-Richards into a save as the home side continued to threaten going forward early on in the second-half.

Just after the hour mark, Askey changed his side’s formation and opted for wing-backs, in hope that they could find a goal that would break the deadlock. Dyson and Donaldson were the two players who came on, as they replace Willoughby and McLaughlin.

Within minutes City went close again as a long-throw into the area by Barrow wasn’t dealt with by the Gloucester defence and John-Lewis gambled on a loose-ball and headed narrowly wide of goal from close-range, before substitute Michael Woods had a shot from the edge of the area blocked after Gloucester once again failed to clear the ball away from a corner.

The deadlock was finally broken with ten minutes to go as Woods smashed the ball home into the roof of the net from close-range, after Gloucester had once again failed to clear the ball away from another set-piece for the Minstermen.

City thought they had held on for all three points, but there was late heartbreak for the home side as the referee awarded Gloucester a penalty for handball as the clock approached second-half injury time.

Dawson stepped up from twelve yards to send Jameson the wrong way, to ensure the visitors went back home with a point.

As both teams share the points, the Minstermen still remain outside the playoff positions but they will hope to use their game in hand to their advantage as they look to get back into the top seven.  

City are back in action in midweek when they travel across to North Wales to take on Chester FC at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off).


York City: Jameson (GK), Sanders, Kouogun, Brown (C), Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (Dyson 63’), Hancox (Woods 75’), Willoughby (Donaldson 63’), John-Lewis, Kouhyar

Unused Subs: Campbell, McKay

Goals: Woods (80’)


Gloucester City: Wiles-Richards (GK), James, Harrison, Thompson, Dawson (C), Hulbert (Robert 90’), Green (Mensah 90’), O’Sullivan, Martinez, Tomlinson (King 72’), Hall

Unused Subs: McClure, Armstrong

Goals: Dawson (90’ pen)


Referee: James Bancroft

Attendance: 3,695 (75 away supporters)

Waitrose & Partners MOTM: Maziar Kouhyar

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