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Willoughby wonder goal secures three points

By Dan Simmonite | 26th March 2022
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
1
Leamington Logo
Leamington
0
LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 26th Mar - 15:00

John Askey started his permanent reign as York City Manager with a hard-fought win against Leamington at the LNER Community Stadium.

Remy Longdon started for the first time since coming back from a short-term illness, replacing Jack McKay, and Clayton Donaldson slotted in on the bench after a period on the sidelines.

The game kicked off in sweltering 17-degree heat, the Minstermen looking the bounce back from a mid-week defeat to Boston, but chances were limited in a dull first half from both sides.

The first chance came on 25 minutes with Scott Barrow curling his free kick free kick around the wall and just past the post from just outside the area.

John-Lewis then had an effort on goal when he got his head on Remy Longdon’s cross, only for Burton Albion loanee Callum Hawkins to tip over the crossbar at full stretch.

Kurt Willoughby came on at half time in place of Paddy McLaughlin, who rushed off to support his partner who had just gone into labour.

The forward added a bit of spark on the left side, where he dominated over right back Dan Meredith, first getting a trademark shot off when cutting inside on 52 minutes with Olly Dyson then hitting the follow up over the crossbar.

Willoughby then showed real confidence by claiming a free kick on the left just outside the area and putting his money where his mouth was with a top-drawer finish – crashing his strike into the upper echelons of the goal.

With City a goal up, the team pushed on and Dyson seemed hungry to extend the lead with only the post to blame as his driven effort from outside the area beat Hawkins but was denied by the woodwork.

Dyson then worked his magic on the byline before looping a ball towards goal which was pushed over the crossbar by Hawkins to keep his side’s hopes alive.

But City managed the game out well, keeping the ball to avoid any chance of an equaliser as the clock ran down.

Jameson didn’t have a save to make all game as the final whistle blew – a good result for the boys in red and blue who now go sixth in the National League North after results elsewhere went their way.

Next up, the small occasion of a semi-final as City travel down to Bromley on Saturday for a sell-out FA Trophy tie with over 1,000 York fans backing the team down in the big smoke.

 

York City: Jameson; Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown, Barrow (Sanders 84); Wright, Hancox, McLaughlin (Willoughby 45); Dyson, John-Lewis, Longdon (Donaldson 68)

Subs not used: Campbell, Woods

 

Leamington: Hawkins; Meredith, Mace, Lane, Bushaj, Clarke (Gittings 68), Walker, Williams (English 68), Edwards, Kelly-Evans, Parker (Taylor 77)

Subs not used: Weaver, Sang

 

Attendance: 3,317 (38 away fans)

Referee: David McNamara

Waitrose & Partners MOTM: Kurt Willoughby

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