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City lose out to Notts County

By Dan Simmonite | 30th July 2022
Match Result
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LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 30th Jul - 15:00

City ended their pre-season schedule with a narrow defeat against National League title favourites Notts County.

It was a rematch of the Minstermen’s first ever fixture 100 years ago to celebrate the club’s Centenary, and City turned out in their special edition home shirt for the occasion.

Manager John Askey rotated his squad again, with Maxim Kouogun, AJ Greaves, Luke James, Maz Kouhyar and a Trialist all back in the starting lineup and banking minutes ahead of the National League opener next Saturday.

City goalkeeper Ethan Ross would play a pivotal part between the sticks and started early with a good save to deny Ruben Rodrigues’ drive through a crowded area.

Notts County followed up through former City man Kyle Cameron minutes later who crashed a header onto the crossbar as the Magpies captain looked to carve an opener.

County looked strong in front of goal, but it was a mistake on the edge of the box which ultimately gifted the visitors the lead, with Jim O’Brien dispossessing AJ Greaves on the edge of his own box and making no mistake slotting home on 18 minutes.

City then fought back with a chance of their own when Mitch Hancox struck from the edge of the box, but his effort was blocked at the last man.

Just before half time Ethan Ross was called upon to keep City in the game with a superb block which stopped an almost certain Sam Austin goal as the midfielder volleyed from inside the area.

The second half provided much of the same with Notts County again on top but Ethan Ross keeping the scoreline to a minimum with another save early on – this time top marksman Macaulay Langstaff latching onto a through ball, but his snapshot pushed over the crossbar by the City shot stopper.

Strike partner Cedwyn Scott then replaced Langstaff and had a golden opportunity to double the lead when through on goal, only to drag his shot onto the post on 70 minutes.

Fellow substitute Kario Mitchell then had his late strike towards the bottom corner turned around the post by Ethan Ross and in the dying moments the Magpies had a well worked goal pulled back for offside before the final whistle blew.

With pre-season preparations now coming to a close, City will look ahead to next week with the National League season starting at home to Woking (3pm kick-off).


York City: Ross, Duckworth (Fallowfield 74), Kouogun (Kerr 74), Crookes, Whittle, Trialist A, Greaves (Burgess 63), Hancox (Dyson 63), Kouhyar (Duku 79), John-Lewis © (Boden 76), James (Hurst 63)

Unused Subs: Whitley, Dale, Sanders


Notts County: Slocombe, Brindley (Palmer 65), Taylor (Vincent 65), O’Brien (Nemane 65), Cameron ©, Langstaff (Scott 57), Adebayo-Rowling, Baldwin (Francis 46), Austin (Mitchell 75), Bajrami, Rodrigues (Chicksen 65)

Unused subs: Brooks

Goals: O’Brien (18)


Referee: Matt Sowerby

Attendance: 1,504 (177 away fans)

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