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Defeat for City in Watson's opener

19th January 2019
Match Result
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Stockport County
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York City
Edgeley Park
Saturday 19th Jan - 15:00

Steve Watson's first league game in charge of the Minstermen ended in a 3-1 defeat at Stockport County.

Winger Alex Kempster scored City's only goal of the game as a hat-trick by midfielder Matty Warburton lifted Stockport up to second in Vanarama National League North.

New manager Watson made two changes to the side that started the last league game with Sean Newton and Kempster replacing Joe Davis and Macaulay Langstaff. Midfielder Simon Heslop was again ruled out by injury.

There were just four minutes on the clock when Stockport took the lead - Warburton volleying home from eight yards as City failed to deal with a far post corner.

Kempster might have equalised on 16 minutes after running onto a flicked header from Jake Wright but his shot struck the chest of goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe who gathered at the second attempt.

City were made to pay for that missed opportunity six minutes later as Warburton doubled Stockport's lead with a shot from just inside the area following a throw-in.

Newton nearly scored with a freekick for City on the hour mark but his shot took a deflection off the wall and fizzed inches over the crossbar.

There was another scare for Stockport soon after when Wright's shot was blocked at a corner and Liam Agnew blazed the loose ball over the crossbar.

City grabbed a lifeline after 74 minutes when Kempster turned home a low cross from David Ferguson to make it 2-1

However, the lead lasted less than a minute as Stockport scored almost immediately from the re-start with Warburton shooting past Bartlett from 12 yards to complete his hat-trick.

York City: Bartlett; Griffiths, Bencherif, Newton, Ferguson; Agnew, Law, Moke (York 57); Wright (Parkin 71), Burrow, Kempster. Unused substitutes: Whitley, Tait, Langstaff.

Stockport County: Hinchliffe; Minihan, Palmer (C), Stott, Duxbury; Keane, Walker, Thomas (Kirby 86), Warburton (Cowan 77), Stephenson; Mulhern (Bell 65). Unused substitutes: Ormson, Osborne.

Referee: Andrew Kitchen

GOALS: Stockport: Warburton (4, 22, 75), City: Kempster (74)

Bookings: Newton (City), Duxbury, Cowan (Stockport)

Attendance: 4644


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