York City



First Team

Sat 18 Aug 2018 | National League North | Away


Bootham Crescent




Paul Brown





Curzon came away from Bootham Crescent with their unbeaten away record intact, but it should really have been a third consecutive away victory, a failure to take two gilt edged chances costing two points.


Curzon, unchanged from their midweek win at Alfreton, began the game strongly, their first chance seeing a flowing move fired wide by Joe Guest.


York had the ball in the net on 11 minutes, Griffiths heading in from a free kick, controversially awarded when a York player simply ran into Danny Shaw.  The effort though was ruled out for a foul.


Two minutes later, Curzon broke out quickly, the move ending when Chris Rowney was bizarrely booked for diving as he tried to avoid a high tackle.


Despite looking the most dangerous side going forward, Curzon couldn’t find the final ball, the best chance coming from a low driven cross by James Baillie which was too far in front of the onrushing Curzon forwards.


York had a couple of strikes wide of the mark and a deflected effort over the bar, but the first half finished with neither keeper having been called into action, despite an attacking intent from both sides.


York made the fist chance in the second half, Griffiths crossing low but too far in front of Parkin, the York forward somehow then avoiding any sanction after a clash with Rowney in the centre circle.


The cut and thrust continued, and Oliver Crankshaw, a first half replacement for the injured Baillie, lashed in a powerful drive which brought a great save from Adam Bartlett, the first by either keeper in the 56th Minute.


A minute later Bartlett denied Crankshaw again, but this time he could do nothing as Joe Guest pounced on the loose ball to give Curzon a deserved lead.


Jon Parkin could have equalised but glanced a header wide just after the hour mark but then Curzon had two chances to put the game beyond their hosts, but failed to take either.


The first, on 70 minutes saw Ryan Brooke break down the right and square for Guest, but the Curzon player dallied too long allowing Bartlett to smother the ball.


A few minutes later it was Connor Hughes feeding Guest.  This time his effort was blocked with Brooke blasting the rebound off target.


With 15 minutes remaining Curzon looked to have the game under control, but then York scored from nothing, a ricochet falling to Parkin who slammed a first time shot past Cam Mason from ten yards.


Suddenly, York, who had been outplayed for most of the game, were sensing they could snatch the win and Jake Wright missed an open net with a header after Mason had missed the ball under pressure.  The referee spared the York players blushes by awarding a free kick for a foul on Mason, though that looked dubious.


Cameron McJannet received a red card as the game entered stoppage time, Curzon’s young full back being shown his second yellow of the game after being adjudged to have pulled back Simon Heslop, though both players had hold of each other’s shirts.  His earlier card had been for a foul on Wes York as the winger skipped past him on the touch line.


The resulting free kick saw Parkin drive the ball well wide of the far post, but after losing out to Hereford a week earlier, it would have been a travesty if Curzon had come away from this game with nothing.


Match Reporter Ian Seymour


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