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Young Minstermen ease to victory against Alfreton

27th January 2020

York bounced back from their 1-0 defeat away at Halifax, beating Alfreton Town 4-0 at Wigginton Road last week.  

Kiari Ventura opened the scoring, and then second half goals from Nathan Dyer, debutant Josh Knowles and Charlie Jebson-King rounded off a comfortable afternoon for the home side.  

It took just five minutes for York to hit the front. Jebson-King saw his left footed strike hit the post, and Ventura reacted the quickest to tap home the rebound.  

York dominated the first half but couldn’t add any more goals. Ventura had a couple of half chances that he couldn’t convert, and Dyer headed over at the back post after a brilliant cross from Jebson-King.  

Just like the first half, City started the second on the front foot and doubled their lead. A corner was headed away by Alfreton, only as far as Dyer who slammed the ball into the roof of the net.  

Knowles got his debut goal midway through the second half. A cross from Dyer to the back post found Knowles, who’s header looped over the keeper and crept just over the line.  

The final goal of the afternoon came from Jebson-King. He found a little area of space in the box and his left footed effort went in off the post, as City eased to a 4-0 win.  

Manager Tim Ryan said after the game: “I’m very pleased. They travelled up here with a slightly defensive mindset and were very camped in at times, similar to what we faced on Monday. I thought the lads applied themselves right. If you keep knocking on the door and keep trying things you get the results.  

“In the first 25 minutes we could have had three or four goals. If we had scored it might have changed the style of the game and they might have had to come out and get something.  

“We played them at their ground three months ago and we scored six on a big open pitch which our lads really enjoyed. Their manager has come up here knowing we have good attacking threats. They certainly set up ready to break and they did well at times.  

“It’s natural that when it’s only one nil you know that they could always get back in the game. When you get two ahead the players start to enjoy themselves a lot more.  

“Today we got four substitutes on so it’s a matter of working as a squad and trying to get everyone involved and giving them certain game time. I am a big believer that players that are training day in day out the best should genuinely get picked for the games.” 


Report by Jack Witham. 

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