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Defeat for City at Gainsborough

14th April 2018
Match Result
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York City
The Northolme
Saturday 14th Apr - 15:00

York City slipped out of the promotion play-off zone for the first time in over three months after suffering a 1-0 defeat against ten-man Gainsborough Trinity.

Striker Ashley Worsfold scored the only goal of the game nine minutes into the second half at the Martin & Co Arena. 

Gainsborough had been reduced to ten men in the 24th minute when fullback Brandon Fleming was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Connor Brown.

Despite the numerical advantage, City were unable to secure the victory they needed to stay in the top seven.

With three games to play, the Minstermen have now dropped to eighth spot - one point behind Chorley and Spennymoor Town who are sixth and seventh respectively.

Manager Martin Gray made five changes to his side following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Nuneaton Town.

Striker Alex Kempster and midfielder Alex Pattison returned after injuries, Simon Heslop returned from suspension, and teenage winger Vinnie Steels made his full debut. Connor Brown replaced Josh Law in defence as Aidan Connolly, Connor Smith, Jonny Burn, and James Gray dropped to the bench.

City made a promising start but manager Gray was annoyed when referee Sam Barrott blew for a foul on Kempster when Steels was about to shoot. The subsequent freekick from Pattison flew wide.

Tempers flared in the 23rd minute when City fullback Brown was left in a heap on the floor following a late challenge by Brandon Fleming. Referee Barrott showed the red card to Fleming who is on loan with Gainsborough from Championship club Hull City.

Kempster dispossessed Trinity defender Ioan Evans in the penalty area and nearly opened the scoring soon after but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Henrich Ravas.

Trinity threatened the City goal in the 35th minute and it needed a full-length save from Adam Bartlett to push away a shot from Alex Simmons. Substitute Tom Davie picked up the loose ball but dragged his shot across the goalmouth.

City suffered a double setback when both Pattison and Kempster were forced out of the action due to injury at the start of the second half.

Winger Steels became a growing influence on the game and delivered a cross to the far-post that Sean Newton, playing in attack due to the shortage of fit strikers, headed narrowly wide.

City fell behind in the 54th minute when striker Worsfold smashed the ball into the roof of the net following a collision between Bartlett and defender Daniel Parslow.

Bartlett had come off his line to attempt a punch but tumbled over the shoulders of Parslow and was unable to block the subsequent return ball from Nicky Walker.

City played the final 30 minutes of the game with defender Hamza Bencherif in attack alongside Newton.

Substitute Aidan Connolly came closest to an equaliser in the final stages when his low drive was blocked by goalkeeper Ravas.

City visit FC United of Manchester on Tuesday night.

Gainsborough Trinity: Ravas, Jacklin, Fleming, Clarke, Stainfield (Beatson 31), Evans, Simmons, King, Jarman (C) (Davie 27), Worsfold (King 71), Walker. Unused substitutes: Hinchliffe, Richards.

York City: Bartlett, Brown (Burn 61), Ferguson, Bencherif, Parslow, Moke, Pattison (Smith HT), Heslop, Kempster (Connolly 50), Newton (C),Steels. Unused substitutes: Gray, Simpson.

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Attendance: 1014

Yellow cards:  Parslow, Brown (City), Stainfield, Jacklin (Gainsborough)

Red cards: Fleming (Gainsborough)

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