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City win against Alfreton

By Dan Simmonite | 30th November 2019
Match Result
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York City
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Alfreton Town
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 30th Nov - 15:00

City claimed their 11th League win of the season this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Alfreton Town at Bootham Crescent. 

Steve Watson made two changes to the starting lineup from last week’s Trophy game, McNulty starting in the heart of defence and Durrell coming in as a late change for an injured Dan Maguire. Young defender Josh King also kept his place with Joe Tait added to the bench. 

The game started with City having the first chance just 3 minutes in, an Andy Bond corner headed straight back to the midfielder who then tried his luck with a curling effort which went just wide of the back post from an acute angle. 

This was followed by a Sean Newton free kick which beat the wall, but hit the side netting from 25-yards out. 

Alfreton then had the ball in the back of the net following a corner, but the referee had already blown for an obvious foul on City goalkeeper Pete Jameson. 

City eventually got the breakthrough on 13 minutes, Jordan Burrow netting his seventh goal of the season after latching onto a routine David Ferguson cross from the left-hand side. 

Burrow was close to adding a second minutes later, picking up the ball in the centre of the box following a drilled ball across and forcing a corner as his goal bound effort was blocked. 

Harvey Grice was substituted on 26 minutes for the victors; a seemingly tactical change with the Alfreton player gaining a yellow card earlier in the game for a late challenge on Elliott Durrell. 

Alfreton had a chance of their own on 30 minutes, curling wide of the mark after winning the ball in the final third. 

Durrell then forced Jack Atkinson into a point-blank save after Burrow sneaked a ball through in the box. 

Newton broke down the left on 39 minutes, driving a ball across goal which was agonisingly close to the incoming red shirts, but just beyond reach for the City players. 

Andy Bond then did the same just before half time, a ball across from the left wing just in front of Alex Kempster who slid in at the back post. 

City began the second half shooting towards the shippo; Kallum Griffiths having a good chance on 51 minutes, curling one inches wide of the right post after picking up the ball just outside the box. 

Alfreton then cleared one off the line following a City corner in which a red shirt got a head on the ball in a crowded area. 

Durrell tested the goalkeeper again with a close-range effort, but the Alfreton shot stopper came out on top to keep the scoreline 1-0. 

Alex Kempster skinned Josh Thacker on the right-hand side, cut inside, but his shot failing to trouble the goalkeeper. 

Alfreton pushed through long balls and set pieces, notably forcing Griffiths to head out an early cross at the back post to halt any potential danger later on in the game. 

Macaulay Langstaff tried to make an impression in the dying moments, curling a long-range strike just high of the top corner after coming off the bench. 

City managed well in the three minutes of injury time, enjoying all the possession and securing three points as City finished the game 1-0 winners. 

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, King, McNulty ©, Newton, Ferguson, Bond (McLaughlin 78’), Moke, Durrell (Green 68’), Kempster (Langstaff 72’), Burrow 

Unused Substitutes: Whitley, Tait 

Alfreton Town: Atkinson, Clackstone, Thacker, Grice (Blake 25’), Smith, Qualter, Killock, Branson, Clarke, Morgan-Smith, Whitham 

Unused Substitutes: Andrew, Bennett, Hinchley, Bacon 

Attendance: 2,306 (125 away supporters) 

Man of the Match: Josh King 

Referee: Sam Mulhall 

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