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City lose by fine margins at Boston United

By Bradley Saxton | 26th October 2021
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Tuesday 26th Oct - 19:45

A late penalty from Shane Byrne sealed all three points for Boston United as the Minstermen crashed to a 2-1 defeat at the Jakeman’s Community Stadium.

Danny Elliott gave his side the lead in the 10th minute from the penalty spot, but it was cancelled out when Michael Woods levelled the game seven minutes later. Byrne won the game though for the home side late into the second half as he stayed calm to slot home another penalty for the home side.

Steve Watson made two changes from the side that beat Chester on Saturday, with Sam Fielding and Mackenzie Heaney both returning to the starting eleven. Kurt Willoughby dropped to the bench, whilst Michael Duckworth missed out through injury.

Craig Elliott was looking for his side to make it three league wins on the bounce and named a strong matchday squad ahead of kick off, which featured former City players Tom Platt, Jordan Burrow and Jake Wright.

The first real chance of the game fell to the home side after 6 minutes when Elliott found himself clear on the left-hand side, before crossing to the back post towards Burrow, but Paddy McLaughlin was in the right place at the right time to head the ball away for a corner.  

The Pilgrims were awarded a penalty by referee James Barncroft in the 10th minute as Clayton Donaldson appeared to take down a yellow shirt in the penalty area. Elliott stepped up from twelve yards to send Peter Jameson the wrong way to give Boston the lead.

The Minstermen replied seven minutes later as they found their equaliser, courtesy of Woods. A long-throw from Donaldson was flicked on by captain Matty Brown towards the far post, where Woods was on hand to steer the ball home from close-range for his third goal of the season.

A last-ditch block from Boston defender Jake Wright Senior denied Mark Beck from giving York the lead in the 23rd minute with a bullet header, after getting onto the end of a dangerous whipped cross from Heaney on the left.

The Minstermen immediately nearly took the lead within the first minute of the second half when Heaney swept in a dangerous low cross from the left, which saw Wright Snr try and attempt to clear the ball from danger, but a smart save by Crook prevented the defender from putting the ball into his own net.

Boston went close themselves to go back in front five minutes later, Frazer Preston unleashed a low left-footed effort on goal from the edge of the area, but Jameson was on hand to tip his effort away for a corner.

Half-time substitute Willoughby went close on the hour-mark when he sent a left-footed curling effort on goal after cutting inside from the right, but he was denied by a finger-tip save from Crook who had to be at full stretch to deny the City forward.

Heaney continued to look dangerous going forward into the final third for York, he beat his man on the left before crossing low into the path of Beck, but the forward couldn’t quite reach out for the ball as it rolled out for a goal kick. 

Former City man Wright – now known as Wright Jnr, was taken out in the penalty area by Matty Brown as the referee pointed to the penalty spot for the second time in the game. Byrne stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom-right corner to re-give Boston the lead with seven minutes of play left to go.

York couldn’t find a way back into the game as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat, which ends the Minstermen’s five game unbeaten run in all competitions.

City will look to get back to winning ways this coming Saturday as they welcome Blyth Spartans to the LNER Community Stadium in the National League North (3pm kick off).


Boston United: Crook (GK), Tootle, Duxburry, Platt, Garner, Burrow, Elliott (Wright Jnr 75’), Wright Snr (Ferguson 62’), F.Preston (J.Preston 90’), Leesley, Byrne

Unused Subs: Green, Dimaio,

Goals: Elliott (10’ pen), Bryne (83’ pen)


York City: Jameson (GK), Fielding, Brown (C), Wright, McLaughlin, Dyson (Newton 88’), Woods, Hopper, Heaney, Donaldson (Willoughby 46’), Beck

Unused Subs: Campbell, Haase, Knowles

Goals: Woods (17’)


Attendance: 2,018 (220 away supporters)

Referee: James Barncroft

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