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Ten men City draw with Chorley

By Dan Simmonite | 11th December 2021
Match Result
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LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 11th Dec - 15:00

Ten men York City battled against the odds to earn a point against high-flying Chorley this afternoon.

A record crowd met both sides at the LNER Community Stadium with a strong home support roaring the team on throughout the 90 minutes.

John Askey made two changes to the side for the occasion, with Clayton Donaldson and Michael Duckworth coming back into the team to strengthen the starting eleven.

And the Minstermen started well, with Kurt Willoughby getting in the right areas early and curling an effort into Matt Urwin’s arms from outside the box.

After a pause in play, City found a breakthrough with Akil Wright netting his third goal of the season on 11 minutes - turning in Mark Beck’s flick on at the back post following a cross in from the left.

Willoughby then had a big penalty shout after he was shoved over in the box by the Chorley goalkeeper, but the referee waved play on.

Wright could have capped off City’s purple patch on 20 minutes after finding space on the right of the box but failed to hit the target with his powerful strike whistling inches over the crossbar.

Chorley’s first real chance came mid-way through the first half, with Pete Jameson producing outstanding reflexes to palm away a heavily deflected Millenic Alli strike from the edge of the box.

City were dictating play, but the game spun on its head just past the half hour mark when Matty Brown was given a straight red card for a challenge on Billy Whitehouse near the corner flag.

The Magpies striker Harry Cardwell took advantage of the extra man and from a direct free kick on the edge curled a superb strike into the corner – leaving Jameson no chance.

Askey moved to a defensive system in the second half, filling the hole in defence by bringing on Josh King at centre half and using Mark Beck as a lone striker.

But despite playing deeper City still had their chances, notably Mark Beck forcing Urwin to save following his goalbound header on 53 minutes.

City’s tactics seemed to work against the attacking onslaught, restricting the Lancashire side to long strikes on goal which Jameson easily gathered.

Jon Ustabasi had the only real close-call late on in the game, his 25-yard strike just inches over the crossbar and into the South Stand.

The Minstermen showed real desire and stayed strong after five minutes of injury time to see out a draw much to the delight of the City faithful.

Next up for City is a trip to Matlock Town in the Buildbase FA Trophy next Saturday (3:00pm kick-off) at The Autoworld Arena.


York City: Jameson; Duckworth, Brown, Newton, Barrow; Wallace, Wright, Donaldson (King 45); Willoughby, Beck, Hancox

Subs not used: Campbell, Fielding, Hopper, Heaney

Goals: Wright (11)

Yellow Cards: Newton, Wallace

Red Cards: Brown (33)


Chorley: Urwin, Henley, Leather (Smith 47), Baines, Whitehouse (Shenton 63), Calveley (Blyth 83), Cardwell, Tomlinson, Ustabasi, Blakeman, Alli.

Subs not used: Halls, Goodridge

Goals: Cardwell (39)

Yellow Cards: Baines, Smith, Henley, Ustabasi


Attendance: 4,512 (156 away fans)

Referee: Peter Shacklady

Waitrose & Partners MOTM: Kurt Willoughby


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