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City secure playoff spot with Fylde win

By Bradley Saxton | 2nd May 2022
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LNER Community Stadium
Monday 2nd May - 15:00

The Minstermen secured their place in the National League North playoffs with a game to go after a 2-1 win over AFC Fylde. 

City led at the break through Lenell John-Lewis’ third goal in three games, but they were pegged back by Fylde who levelled through Ben Tolitt early into the second-half.

Mitch Hancox won the game for the Minstermen though seven minutes later, secruing the Minstermen a third succesive league victory. 

Over 4,000 supporters packed into the LNER Community Stadium hoping John Askey’s side could secure a third successive league victory which would secure their place in the National League North playoffs.

Askey made two changes from the side that won at Farsley Celtic on Saturday as he reverted back to his favoured 4-3-3 formation. John-Lewis was one of two changes to the starting eleven as Jack McKay also returned. Kurt Willoughby and Clayton Donaldson were the two who both dropped to the bench.

Sam Sanders and Maxim Kouogun were again paired together in the heart of the Minstermen defence, after the pair were crucial in keeping back-to-back clean sheets for City.  

AFC Fylde travelled to the LNER Community Stadium knowing that they only needed a point to secure third place in the National League North table with two games to go and he was hoping his side could extend their six game unbeaten run in the league.

Manager James Rowe named ten changes to his Fylde side that drew 0-0 with Kettering Town on Saturday afternoon, as goalkeeper Bobby Jones was the only player to retain his place in the starting eleven.

Moments before the players entered the field in North Yorkshire, City goalkeeper Peter Jameson was presented with the Billy Fenton Clubman of the Year Memorial Trophy in front of a warm reception from the supporters.

It was the home side who started brightly through successive long-throws in by Scott Barrow, causing early pressure in the AFC Fylde penalty area and John-Lewis was unlucky to not hand the Minstermen the lead after only two minutes, firing narrowly wide on the volley from the edge of the area.

John-Lewis went close again for City after he raced clear down the left wing, cut inside and had a low effort easily held by Jones, before Stephen Dobbie was unable to make the most of his effort on goal as he curled a left-footed effort well wide of Jameson’s left-hand post from well inside of the penalty area.

John-Lewis fired narrowly wide of goal just short of the half-hour mark as he controlled the ball in the penalty area after good work down the left by Mitch Hancox, before McKay did well to control the ball in the final third, he cut inside and shot towards goal from the edge of the area but his effort bounced wide of Jones’ right-hand post.

City carried on applying the pressure against the Fylde defence in the final third and McKay went on to hit the post for City, turning in the area before striking the woodwork with a left-footed effort from close-range, before Olly Dyson had a fierce effort from distance blocked by Fylde captain David Perkins.

The pressure finally paid off for the home side as City took the lead seven minutes before half-time. Good work by Maziar Kouhyar on the right saw the winger cut inside onto his left-foot and he crossed towards the far-post into a crowded penalty area and John-Lewis rose highest to head the ball home into the bottom corner for his third goal in three successive games.

York went on to look for a second goal before the break and Kouhyar curled narrowly over the bar with a left-footed strike moments after the goal, before Kouogun had an effort from close-range deflected out for a corner after a brilliant pull back from Paddy McLaughlin.

Fylde nearly found themselves level in North Yorkshire fifteen minutes into the second half as substitute Nick Haughton spread play across to the right-hand side, Tolitt collected the ball and had time to run at the City defence before he cut inside onto his left-foot to shoot, but his fierce strike went well over Jameson’s head and out for a goal kick.

The visitors managed to find an equaliser a minute later through Tolitt. The right winger controlled the ball on the edge of the area before curling a left-footed effort into the bottom-left corner beyond Jameson.

The visitors looked a different outfit in the second-half and it was clear that the goal had given them the confidence to try and push on for a winner. Fylde top-scorer Haughton tried his luck from distance with a free-kick, but his weak effort was unable to beat the City wall of defenders.

City hit back instantly though and they re-took the lead with just over twenty minutes to go. A lovely through ball by Willoughby was collected by Hancox on the left-hand side of the penalty area and the on-loan Hereford FC man drove the ball low across goal into the bottom-right corner for his 10th goal of the season.

Fylde went calling for a second equaliser of the afternoon and goalkeeper Jameson was called int action with only four minutes remaining, but he wouldn't be beaten as he got down well to deny the Fylde man from close-range. 

After an intense six added minutes, City held on victory which sees them secure their place in the National League North playoffs. They remain sixth in the league table, but they have a chance of securing fifth place next weekend if they can secure a win and hope that Chorley drop points against Spennymoor Town. 

The Minstermen travel down to Shropshire next Saturday to take on AFC Telford at the New Bucks Head in their final league game of the National League North season (3pm kick-off).


York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson, Kouogun, Sanders, Barrow, Wright, McLaughlin (C), Hancox (Woods 85'), Kouhyar, John-Lewis (Donaldson 90'), McKay (Willoughby 63’)

Unused Subs: Campbell, Brown

Goals: John-Lewis (38’), Hancox (69’)


AFC Fylde: Jones, Burke, Obi, Tolitt, Joyce, Shaw, Perkins (C), Dobbie (Taylor 57’), Gregson (Haughton 57’), Scott, Slew (Philliskirk 57’)

Unused Subs: Morrison, Evans

Goals: Tolitt (62’)


Referee: Dean Watson

Attendance: 4,387 (153 away supporters)

Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match: Scott Barrow

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