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Kouhyar goal secures Spennymoor win

By Bradley Saxton | 15th April 2022
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Spennymoor Town
LNER Community Stadium
Friday 15th Apr - 15:00

Maziar Kouhyar scored on his home debut as the Minstermen secured a late 1-0 home win over Spennymoor Town.

After a frustrating first period at the LNER Community Stadium, the Afghanistan international headed home from close-range with only seven minutes to go as City secured an all-important three points.

City ended a run of three straight defeats on Tuesday evening, after they came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against fellow promotion-hopefuls Chorley.

John Askey was hoping his side could return to winning ways against a Spennymoor Town side, who sat only two points outside of the National League North playoff spots.

The City boss was handed a boost ahead of kick-off as Michael Duckworth returned to the starting eleven, after missing the last three games through injury.

The right back was the only change made by Askey from the side that featured against Chorley in midweek, as Paddy McLaughlin dropped to the bench and Olly Dyson moved into a midfield berth.

The visitors came to the LNER Community Stadium hoping to close the gap up on the playoffs and named a strong squad ahead of kick off against the Minstermen. Club record top-goal scorer Glen Taylor started up top for The Moors, as he captained the side in the absence of defender James Curtis, who missed out through suspension.

York started the game strong and went close to opening the scoring after only two minutes as Mitch Hancox tested Spennymoor keeper Jordan Amissah into an early save with a an effort on goal from outside the area.

Taylor had a brilliant opportunity for Spennymoor to break the deadlock after ten minutes when he was played through on goal by Rob Ramshaw, but he was unable to hit the target from close-range as he fired well wide of Peter Jameson’s left-hand post.

Lenell John-Lewis read play well to clear a looping header from Taylor off the line as the visitors went close again from a corner kick from the right, before Ramshaw crossed centrally for Taylor, who fired well wide across the face of goal after turning a York defender on the edge of the penalty area.

The home side struggled to adapt against a swift Spennymoor side in the first period and the visitors continued to threaten as they looked to break the deadlock. After a cross came into the area from the left-hand side, the ball was picked up by Ramshaw in the penalty area, who’s first-time left-footed effort skimmed the crossbar and went out of play for a goal kick.

After a very frustrating first-half for the Minstermen, City started the second half brightly as John-Lewis connected with an Olly Dyson cross in the penalty area, but the forward was unable to bury his header home as his effort flew wide of Amissah’s left-hand post.

Askey made a double change just after the hour mark, in hope his side could find a breakthrough in the game. McLaughlin came on to replace Kurt Willoughby, whilst Clayton Donaldson came on to replace John-Lewis in attack.

City thought they had earned themselves a penalty in the 66th minute when Matty Brown was taken down in the penalty area as he tried to meet a knock-down by Akil Wright at the far post in the penalty area, but referee Kristian Silcock deemed the City captain to have dived and he gave the centre back a yellow card.

The home side produced a much better performance in the second-half and the deadlock was finally broken with only seven minutes of play remaining. Brown headed the ball towards the far post in the penalty area, Dyson acrobatically played the ball back towards the far post for Kouhyar, who headed the ball home beyond Amissah to hand City a much needed lead.

The visitors had been known to score a late goal against the Minstermen, having scored a goal in the last fifteen minutes in their previous three visits to North Yorkshire, but it looked like it wasn’t going to be replicated on their fourth successive visit. Substitute Jordan Preston collected a loose-ball on the edge of the York penalty area, but he fired well over as his effort sailed out of the ground.

Dyson went close again for City as second half injury-time approached with a low left-footed effort after cutting inside from the right-hand side, but his effort went narrowly wide of Amissah’s left-hand post.

City held on for the clean-sheet as they secured another three points in the National League North, as the win sees the Minstermen remain 6th in the league table.

It’s a quick turnaround for City who are back in action this coming Monday, as we travel down to Derbyshire to take on mid-table Alfreton Town at The Impact Arena (3pm kick-off).


York City: Jameson (GK), Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown (C), Barrow, Wright, Kouhyar, Hancox, Dyson, John-Lewis (Donaldson 63’), Willoughby (McLaughlin 63’)

Unused Subs: Campbell, Sanders, McKay

Goals: Kouhyar (83’)


Spennymoor Town: Amissah (GK), Pye, Chandler (Ofoso 90’), Tait, Brierley, Taylor (C), Ramshaw, Hall, Oyibo (Thewlis 74’), Richardson, Spokes (Preston 84’)

Unused Subs: Preston, Flatters, Mason

Goals: N/A


Referee: Kristian Silcock

Attendance: 3,797 (277 away supporters)

Waitrose and Partners Man of the Match: Akil Wright

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