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City lose to Hereford under the lights

By Bradley Saxton | 28th September 2021
Match Result
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Hereford FC
LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 28th Sep - 19:45

A goal from Tom Owen-Evans eleven minutes from time sealed Hereford FC’s first win of the season with a 1-0 win over the Minstermen at the LNER Community Stadium.

It was a frustrating evening for York as they missed the chance to go into the playoff positions of the National League North, in what was the only game of the night in the division.

York made it four successive wins in all competitions on Saturday, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Darlington in the North East and went into the game with Hereford wanting to extend that run even further.

Steve Watson made only one change from Saturday’s win, with Kurt Willoughby coming into the starting eleven to replace the injured Sam Fielding.

Hereford required a late equaliser to earn themselves a draw against Leamington on Saturday, but they remained winless so far this season heading into kick off, as they sat bottom of the National League North table.

The home side had a brilliant chance to take the lead after only four minutes when an Olly Dyson corner caused havoc in the Herford penalty area. Clayton Donaldson flicked the ball on at the front post, but Matty Brown was unable to head home from six yards out from the knock down.

York went close again four minutes later from another corner, this time Mackenzie Heaney delivered a perfect ball into Akil Wright, but the midfielder glanced inches wide at the front post.

The away side hit York on the counter in the 12th minute and nearly broke the deadlock when a pull back from Owen-Evans wasn’t dealt with, before Brown got a block in to send a Ryan Lloyd effort out for a corner.

Patrick Fini found another gap within the York defence five minutes later, but his attempted pull back was once again easily read by Brown, who was in the right place at the right time to deny a shot on goal for the visitors.

Michael Woods tested Hereford goalkeeper Brandon Hall into a fine save after 25 minutes, as he hit a low and powerful volley towards goal after a knock down by Mark Beck, but the keeper stretched out well to tip his effort out for a corner.

In what was a very end-to-end first half, the visitors nearly broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time. Maziar Kouyhar had time and space on the edge of the City penalty area, before turning onto his left foot and sent a curling effort just wide of Peter Jameson’s right-hand post.

Heaney also had an opportunity for City to take the lead on the counter attack just before the break, but Hall was alert to tip a left-footed shot from distance over the bar.

Hereford had the first chance of the second half to break the deadlock when Levi Andoh was strong enough to out-muscle the York defence before unleashing a half-volley goal-bound, but Jameson looked assured as he reached out to tip the ball out for a corner.

Jameson had to again react quickly minutes later to deny an Owen-Evans’ header from point-blank range, after Harry Pinchard managed to turn inside onto his left foot to cross into a packed penalty area from the right-hand side.

Mark Beck had a chance down the other end a minute later, but he couldn’t guide his header from a Heaney corner goal-bound, sending his headed effort high over the frame of Hall’s goal.

Second half substitute Harrison Hopper earned the Minstermen a penalty on 58 minutes, after making a brilliant run into the penalty area onto a Beck flick-on. Donaldson stepped up from twelve yards as he searched for his sixth goal of the season, but Hall guessed the correct way as he kept out the effort from the City forward.

It was proving to be a difficult night for the Minstermen as they wasted yet another good opportunity to take the lead with twenty minutes to go. Wright headed across the face of goal from an in-swinging corner from Dyson, but no one could connect with the ball at the far post.

The deadlock was finally broken with eleven minutes of play remaining, with Hereford taking the lead against the run of play. A back-pass from Josh King put Jameson under pressure, the City goalkeeper tried to play it out from the back quickly but it was intercepted by Owen-Evans, who rolled the ball into an empty net from an acute angle.

Donaldson had an effort ruled out for offside with a minute left of way, as City couldn’t find a way back into the game, as they crashed to their fourth defeat of the season.

City will turn their attentions back to Cup action on Saturday, as they set to take on Yorkshire rivals Whitby Town at the LNER Community Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round (3pm kick off).



York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson, King, Brown (C), Duckworth, Wright, Woods (Gilchrist 74’), Heaney, Beck, Donaldson, Willoughby (Hopper 53’)

Unused Subs: Campbell, Haase, Jones

Goals: N/A

Booked: Wright


Hereford FC: Hall (GK), Hodgkiss, Owen-Evans, Andoh, Lloyd, Pollock, Kouyhar (McLean 71’), Smith (Hulbert 82’), McNally, Fini, Pinchard (Forsyth 74’)

Unused Subs: Hancox, Liburd-Hines

Goals: Owen-Evans (81’)

Booked: N/A


Attendance: 2,483

Referee: Adam Williamson

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