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Kidderminster hold City to a draw

2nd November 2019
Match Result
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York City
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Bootham Crescent
Saturday 2nd Nov - 15:00

Kallum Griffiths’ first half goal wasn’t enough for City to claim all three points, as Ashley Hemmings scored late in the second half to earn Kidderminster a point at a wet and rainy Bootham Crescent.

City were still unbeaten heading into this fixture and were looking to beat Kidderminster for the third game in a row. The away side had only won one of their last five games in all competitions coming into this game.

Steve Watson made just one change to the side that beat Boston on Tuesday, Kallum Griffiths coming back in for Nathan Dyer at right back. Kidderminster also made one change from their defeat in midweek to Darlington. Their team also included Ashley Chambers who was part of City’s double Wembley-winning side in 2011/12.

Hemmings had the first shooting opportunity of the afternoon for the away side. His volley from outside of the area flew over the bar.

Griffiths had a chance to deliver a free kick from the wide right position. His cross flew over everyone in a City shirt and was smartly gathered by Cameron Gregory in the Kidderminster goal.

Ed Williams then had a half chance for Kidderminster. He received the ball on the edge of the box from Sam Austin and tried his luck first time, but it went wide.

Chambers tried to lob Peter Jameson from just inside the area however he didn’t get the elevation he was looking for and Jameson was able to catch the ball easily.

Richard Peniket received the ball from Chambers who broke away from the York midfield. His shot was well blocked by Sean Newton and it went behind.

Alex Kempster ran with the ball down the right for York and played a great cut back to Griffiths on the edge of the area. His left footed effort was goal bound, only for Gregory to push it behind for a corner.

Peniket then found a yard of space in the area for Kidderminster and managed to bring the ball down on his chest and get a shot away however it was deflected wide.

Kidderminster had marginally been the better side after the first half hour. Williams saw his curling shot go narrowly wide from 20 yards.

Up the other end and York almost scored from a corner. Griffiths cross to the front post was flicked on by Kempster but it looped over.

City then went ahead against the run of play on 38 minutes. David Ferguson whipped in a dangerous ball which Kidderminster managed to clear. It fell as far as Adriano Moke, who played it to Griffiths and his left footed shot went into the corner putting City into the lead.

Moke was then involved again in the last chance of the first half. He played in Newton who had made a great overlapping run on the left. His fizzing cross was scrambled clear by Kidderminster before a York player could get on the end of it as City went in at the break one up.

Shortly into the second half, Williams managed to create some space for himself 20 yards out but his shot was dragged horribly wide.

Declan Weeks of Kidderminster delivered a great free kick from the left and it was headed goal wards however Jameson collected it under no pressure.

Chambers was played in on the right-hand side of the box but just delayed his shot, meaning Newton was able to get back in time to make a vital block.

On the hour mark, Williams almost scored with a spectacular effort. His flicked attempted from inside the box nearly ended up looping over Jameson, however it went narrowly wide.

Weeks had a great chance to level the scores as Kidderminster caught City on the break. His shot wasn’t a good one though, and it went miles over the bar.

With 15 minutes left, York looked for a second to kill the game. Moke produced a superb run down the left-hand side and managed to cross. Kidderminster saw it out.

Substitute Kieran Green then forced Gregory into a great save as his powerful right footed drive had to be pushed behind.

With 10 minutes left, Kidderminster equalized. A cross from the left-hand side was met by a Kidderminster head, knocked down to Hemmings who tapped it in past Jameson.

A minute later and Kidderminster almost went ahead. Ollie Shenton tried his luck from the edge of the box and his left footed shot almost crept in, but it went wide.

York then threw the kitchen sink at the away side. Ferguson managed to drill a low cross into Jordan Burrow. His effort got deflected narrowly wide for a corner. Shortly after that and Ferguson struck goal wards, only for his shot to be deflected behind as well.

City piled on the pressure but couldn’t find a winner in the late stages on the game. However, a draw still puts them eight points clear at the top of the National League North after results elsewhere went City’s way.

York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Ferguson, Newton, McNulty ©, Tait, Moke, Bond, Burrow, Maguire (Green 57), Kempster (McFarlane 86)

Unused Substitutes: Durrell, King, Whitley

Kidderminster Harriers: Gregory, Austin, Davidson, Butterfield, Moyo ©, Johnson, Weeks, Williams (Diau 88), Chambers (Shenton 78), Hemmings (Prosser 90), Peniket

Unused Substitutes:Palmer, Higginson

Attendance: 2586 (121 away)

Referee: Jon Kenny

Man of the Match (chosen by the Armed Forces): David Ferguson




Report by Jack Witham.

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