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City suffer first League defeat at hands of Curzon

By Dan Simmonite | 15th November 2019
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Curzon Ashton
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York City
Tameside Stadium
Saturday 16th Nov - 15:00

The Minstermen suffered their first defeat in the National League North this afternoon at the hands of Curzon Ashton, who edged the contest with a 1-0 win. 

City were without striker Dan Maguire and midfield mainstay Adriano Moke going into the fixture, which allowed a first League start for Eliott Durrell whereas Paddy McLaughlin took Moke’s place in the midfield three. 

Durrell in particular looked lively in the first stages of the game, seeing a lot of the ball and nearly latching onto a soft back-pass by a Curzon defender, only to be cleared by Cameron Mason in goal. 

The Nash had the best opening chance 18 minutes in, recent loan signing Charlie Jolley heading from point-blank at the back post, only for Pete Jameson to pull off a great save and push for a corner. 

City then had a golden opportunity to open the scoring with a cross into the box headed out as far as Elliott Durrell who volleyed inches wide in a crowded penalty area. 

Curzon grabbed their goal on 32 minutes, a cross from the right punched out by Jameson into the path of Stockport County loanee Connor Dimaio who made no mistake, smashing the ball high into an open net from the edge of the box. 

The home side grew with confidence after going ahead, Jolley also trying his luck from the edge only for his shot to be blocked, and then James Baillie dragging a long-range strike wide. 

A late onslaught of York crosses into the box were well defended by Curzon, and the half ended with the Nash a goal ahead with 45 minutes to play. 

Steve Waston was forced to replace Joe Tait at half time, who was holding an injury sustained before the game, with Harry Spratt replacing the centre back. 

City started positively in the second half, notably hitting the post on 48 minutes and Mason keeping out back-to-back effort’s by Jordan Burrow – the latter a pin-point header which forced the Curzon goalkeeper to pull out a spectacular diving save. 

Jolley had another chance on 61 minutes, the Wigan Athletic youngster rounding Pete Jameson but failing to take his chance with a tame effort cleared by the City defenders who tracked back to guard the goal. 

Kieran Green and Macaulay Langstaff came on just past the hour mark; Langstaff nearly getting his boot on the end of a fizzing ball across goal on 65 minutes which subsequently ran out at the back post. 

City then tested with a barrage of corners which, much like the first half, were well defended by the home side. 

There was five minutes of added time at the end of the 90 minutes, and despite the ball firmly in the opposition half, and Mason tipping over a Kallum Giffiths goal bound cross, the game ended with Curzon taking the points at the Tameside Stadium. 

Curzon Ashton: Mason, Baillie (Sinclair 59’), Halls, Ali, Shaw, Davies, Evans, Calveley (Wroe 21’), Dimaio, Miller, Jolley (Saunders 90’). 

Unused Substitutes: Askew, Merrill. 

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Ferguson, Newton, McNulty, Tait (Spratt 46’), McLoughlin (Langstaff 62’), Bond, Burrow, Durrell (Green 62’), Kempster. 

Unused Substitutes: Dyer, Whitley.

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