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City lose on the road to Leamington

By Dan Simmonite | 28th November 2020
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New Windmill Ground
Saturday 28th Nov - 15:00

A slow start cost City all three points this afternoon as the Minstermen lost 2-1 away to Leamington on their return to football after a two-week lay-off.

Steve Watson's men came up against a Leamington side who were unbeaten in their last five games and on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against Fylde with 10 men.

And the home side's form showed from the first whistle, Junior English running at the City defense and striking a pinpoint effort into the bottom corner from outside the box to score his second of the season.

The Brakes were full of confidence after taking the lead and top scorer Sam Osbourne was in his element with Football League scouts watching on as he skipped through the blue shirts on the left of the box and provided the ball on a plate for Lance Smith to give his side a 2-0 lead after just 6 minutes.

City were stunned after the early blows but found their feet with a Harry Bunn solo run on the left which ended in a fingertip save from Jake Weaver.

Minutes later, Olly Dyson grabbed the ball in midfield and skinned a yellow shirt before striking a thunderbolt into the back of the net from 25 yards - his first competitive goal for the club since signing in the summer.

It was an action-packed start to a game that had no plans of slowing down as both sides had their chances thereafter, Weaver spilling a Bunn shot before blocking Cassidy on-on-one and then Osbourne hitting a free-kick from 35-yards into the hands of Pete Jameson.

The second half brought with it a change in Michael Woods coming on for Akil Wright, followed by Jack Redshaw replacing Paddy McLaughlin 10 minutes later as Watson opted to push for more chances from the front men.

Redshaw seemed comfortable in possession as he dribbled in from the right and forced a reaction save at the front post after a snapshot.

City passed the ball well in the second half and with that came opportunities for Cassidy, who curled one wide on 62 minutes and Bunn who headed over a cross by Barrow after some good play down the left.

By this time, Watson had utilised his three substitutions and had five forward players on the pitch after introducing Reon Potts to the front line and dropping Dyson into right back in lieu of Josh King.

Leamington didn't have many chances as they looked to see the game out, but on 78 minutes they had a glorious chance to put the fixture to bed as their striker rounded Pete Jameson and flashed across the face of goal, only for the second effort to be grasped by the City goalkeeper.

Potts could have had his first City goal ten minutes from the end as Harry Bunn crossed from the left, but the striker couldn't get a head on the ball which fizzed through the men in the box.

Redshaw also had a shot from distance which sailed wide and Cassidy was denied from 10 yards as a Leamington defender managed to block inside the area.

On the last kick of the game captain Sean Newton fired in a free-kick from an acute angle towards goal which was helped over the bar by the head of Bunn from close range, summing up City's luck as the whistle went shortly after.

The win elevated Leamington within touching distance of the playoff places, whereas City now drop down to 17th but with six games in hand over the league leaders Gloucester City who lost their second successive game.

Leamington: Weaver, Martin, Morley, Clarke ©, Morrison, Lane, Anderson (Meredith, 81), Maye, Smith, English (Gittings, 72), Osborne (Allen, 74).

Subs not used: Waldron, Taylor.

Goals: English (3'), Smith (6').

York City: Jameson, Barrow, Newton ©, Tinkler, Wright (Woods, 46), Cassidy, Bunn, King (Potts, 72), Dyson, McLaughlin (Redshaw, 56), Brown.

Subs not used: Kennedy, Flatters.

Goals: Dyson (11').

Yellow Cards: Tinkler, Barrow

Referee: Mr Simeon Lucas

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