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Heslop hammers late City winner

13th October 2018
Match Result
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Saturday 13th Oct - 15:00

SIMON Heslop struck a sensational late winner as City fought back to win at Southport.

The midfielder's 25-yard drive crashed in off the underside of the bar to complete a memorable turn-around for the Minstermen who had trailed to a Dion Charles penalty after just eight minutes.

Manager Sam Collins switched formation after 32 minutes and the introduction of substitute Tom Allan undoubtedly helped swing the game back in City's favour.

Striker Jordan Burrow levelled 10 minutes after the change and City looked far more solid after struggling in the first half hour.

With Joe Tait ruled out by a hamstring strain, Collins had recalled Russ Penn in the only change to the side which beat St Ives Town in the FA Cup.

Josh Law dropped into defence alongside Hamza Bencherif and Sean Newton allowing Penn to line-up in the centre of a five-man midfield.

There were only seven minutes gone when referee Elliott Swallow awarded a penalty to the hosts for a foul by City goalkeeper Adam Bartlett on David Morgan.

Striker Charles scored from the spot although Bartlett managed to get fingers on the shot low to his right.

City appealed in vain for a penalty in the 15th minute when striker Jake Wright went to ground under pressure from fullback Jordan Richards.

Southport enjoyed the majority of the possession and created a number of goalscoring opportunities before Collins made his tactical switch and introduced Allan as a replacement for David Ferguson.

Charles had shot narrowly wide after escaping the attentions of the City defence and running onto a pass from Jack Sampson and the striker had also been denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Bartlett.

City switched from 3-5-2 to 4-1-3-2 following the introduction of Allan and were back on level terms within 10 minutes.

Burrow equalised with a half volley from 10 yards after Southport goalkeeper Daniel Handford twice saved at close-range from Wright.

Although City had the lion's share of the ball in the second period, they could easily have fallen behind again in the 67th minute when Charles scooped the ball over the bar following a pass from Morgan.

And Morgan nearly scored ten minutes later with a superb volley from 35 yards that flashed inches wide of the City goal.

However, with seven minutes to go, Heslop found the net to secure all three points for City.

Collecting a pass from substitute Macaulay Langstaff, Heslop hit a first time shot that sailed past goalkeeper Daniel Hanford.

It was a magical moment for the York-born midfielder and an overdue reward for his consistent performances this season. 

The result also gave Collins victory in his first game since being appointed manager on a permanent basis.

York City: Bartlett; Law, Bencherif, Newton; Dyer (Parkin 68), Heslop, Penn (C), Harris, Ferguson (Allan 32); Wright (Langstaff 54), Burrow. Unused substitutes: Moke, Whitley.

Southport: Hanford; Richards, Winnard, Astles, Ogle; Morgan, Lynch (C); Charles, Bosma (Green 55), Bauress (Gilchrist 86); Sampson. Unused substitutes: Homson-Smith, Mueller, Langley.

Referee: Elliott Swallow

Attendance: 1149 (inc. 270 City supporters)

Bookings: Law, Heslop, Allan (City), Lynch (Southport).


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