Issue 006. January 5, 2021.
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Kidderminster Harriers 2
York City 2

Flat York City draw 2-2 at Kidderminster Harriers

By Joe Richardson  

YORK City have dropped to seventh in National League North following a flat 2-2 draw at Kidderminster Harriers.

Michael Woods got on the end of a good Olly Dyson cross to open the scoring but, though they seemed the more comfortable on the ball, York failed to increase their advantage.

To cap off the fairly tepid first period, former Minsterman Keith Lowe rose to nod home an equaliser from a 42nd-minute corner.

Kiddy came out the sharper in the second half but gave away a 52nd-minute penalty, which Sean Newton powered home.

But Kidderminster had the final say with 10 minutes to go when substitute Jason Cowley drilled in an excellent half-volley to level.

The performance came as something of a disappointing contrast to last week's spirited win over Guiseley. Where York there could have recorded a more dramatic scoreline than 1-0, they this time looked unlikely to register another that was not from the spot.

York boss Steve Watson was forced into one change from that win over Guiseley, after Harry Bunn came off late in the second half. Woods came into the midfield off the bench.

Michael Duckworth was rested for Guiseley but made the bench for the trip to Kidderminster.

Scorer of the crucial goal last Monday, centre-back Josh King retained his place in the starting line-up. Fellow young defender Harry Spratt came onto the bench in place of Kieran Kennedy.

Russ Penn made no changes to the Kidderminster side that drew 1-1 with Hereford on Saturday, which itself saw just saw changes from the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat at the Bulls. Amari Morgan-Smith was sent off in that outing.

In both encounters, the Harriers took the lead, Luke Maxwell putting them ahead on Boxing Day and Ashley Hemmings netting a 13th-minute penalty at the weekend.

Former Minsterman Penn named three ex-York players in his starting 11, deploying keeper Luke Simpson, Keith Lowe and Lewis Montrose.

Woods made the early impact. After opening exchanges which bobbed placidly back and forth between the sides, Olly Dyson ran onto a good ball forward, played it low across Simpson and Woods slid in for a simple fourth-minute finish at the back post.

There was a misplaced pass from Kidderminster allowed Jack Redshaw to skip through the Harriers midfield but his neat advance was halted when his attempted through ball for Jake Cassidy was cut out. York returned the favour when Akil Wright gave the ball away to Sam Austin. The effort from the resultant passage of the play went comfortably over.

Freemantle, the man who won the penalty against Hereford on Saturday, went down inside the area under pressure from Matty Brown but his appeals were waved away.

Zimbabwean defender Cliff Moyo – who had previously done well to shepherd an advancing Cassidy off the ball – this time cheaply handed the ball to Redshaw after a patient, if not incisive, passage of play. Simpson parried Redshaw’s angled drive before then collecting an audacious halfway-line effort from the midfielder.

Dyson might have been disappointed not to have notched his second assist of the night by the 19th minute, when he did well to poke the ball around Norwich City loanee left-back Caleb Richards and deliver into the area. His ball evaded everyone in City’s light blue away strip.

Yet another loose pass, this time from Luke Maxwell with Kidderminster pressing looking to press, gave Scott Barrow the chance to make strides forward. He was unable to pick out the lone Redshaw in the area.

The half passed by with little more menace from either side. Harriers had the possession but York had the territory – while the hosts seemed confident passing across the back line, they had little composure on the approach to York’s final third.

That is not to say York looked much more like scoring, however. They had the ball in the Kiddy area a good few times but had failed to create a real effort after the midway point of the half.

With three minutes to go to the break, Lowe levelled for the Harriers. In-keeping with the air of the first half, the ball trickled out from the edge of the York area for a corner, which was played short to Sam Austin. He lofted into the area, where Lowe rose and nodded softly into the stranded Jameson’s net.

Kidderminster came out a reformed side for the first few minutes of the second half and were much the sharper of the sides to begin with – but York were gifted the opportunity to get their noses back in front when Moyo was ruled to have handled a Woods cross in the area following a well-weighted ball over the top from Newton.

The reliable centre-back stepped up and thumped the spot kick home.

The second City goal seemed to knock Harriers off their stride and the game eased back into a familiar rhythm. York have proved they can play well on the deck but the long ball from the back was too often preferred.

The target man Cassidy usually did well to hold the ball up but chose the conservative ball backwards frustratingly often where more attacking options were available.

One ball forward saw the former Wolves man take it down well, use his strength to round Richards and play across the face of goal. It was beyond Woods and there was not enough on it to reach Barrow at the far side of the box.

After looking a touch flattened by the penalty, Harriers once more recovered from their torpor with around 20 minutes to go, again playing with just that bit more purpose than York.

But by the 80th minute, they were back level through a superb Jason Cowley strike. A looping ball fell nicely for the substitute, who caught it sweetly on the half-volley and sent it arrowing into Jameson’s bottom-left corner.

Rob Guilfoyle came on for the final five minutes and put himself about decently.

York: Jameson 5, Tinkler 5, King 5, Brown 6, Newton 6, Barrow 5, Wright 5, Woods 5, Dyson 6 (Guilfoyle 84), Cassidy 5, Redshaw 6 (McLaughlin 5, 73). Subs not used: Flatters, Duckworth, Spratt.

Star man: Sean Newton. Fairly sure-footed at the back and did well pushing forwards on occasion.

Kidderminster Harriers 2-2 York City

HARRIERS have been urged to show more of their self-belief after their 2-2 home draw with York City.

The Reds were twice behind against one of the division’s top sides but battled back for a point – leaving Assistant boss Jimmy O’Connor wishing the team would show more of that confidence.

“When you’re behind twice and get a draw, you take the positives and that’s what we’ll do,” said O’Connor, after watching goals from Keith Lowe and Jason Cowley earn Harriers a share of the spoils.

“I think the word ‘belief’ comes into it for us. When we play in spells and are really on the money, you see what a good team we can be. It’s showing that belief and really building on it, and showing that for 90 minutes.”

Harriers were unchanged for the visit of promotion-chasing City, with Freemantle again chosen to lead the line. Perhaps still nursing some of the disappointment from the way the clash against Hereford petered out, they were caught flat-footed and conceded from the game’s first chance; the lively visitors bagging the opener as Woods gleefully finished a Dyson cross from three yards out as the hosts found themselves outnumbered at the back.

While Austin did flash over with one shot not long after the goal, it was a half City controlled almost completely – their lead should have been doubled when Redshaw robbed the sloppy Moyo and took aim; Luke Simpson able to turn the effort away.

Just as Harriers were behind with the first chance of the half, they were level with the last of them – against the run of play, Austin’s cross was flapped at by goalkeeper Jameson, leaving Lowe with the task of heading the ball beyond him.

Any hopes Harriers had of beginning the second half were soon dashed – within six minutes of the restart they were behind once more as a clear handball in the area was punished with a penalty that York skipper Newton duly dispatched.

A second half ensued that much matched the first in the sense of the Minstermen’s overall control of the tie and Harriers fashioning half chances; Hemming seeing a shot blocked and Freemantle nodding over the bar from the former’s cross.

Yet thankfully for Harriers those parallels continued right to the night’s end and an equaliser that the team deserved for their industry if nothing else, Cowling fizzing Freemantle’s knock-down past Jameson, on the volley from 20 yards.

Freemantle might have won it sensationally in the last couple of minutes, his curled finish dropping just wide.

What's happened in the National League (North) today?

By Sam Elliott

The night’s big game in the National League North lived up to expectations.

Kidderminster and York City played out a thrilling 2-2 draw but the visitors were left wondering what if.

Jason Cowley’s fantastic strike ten minutes from time handed happy Harriers a point.

It’s was the same scoreline at Boston United as they bit back to secure a 2-2 against Kettering.

Jordan Burrow and Luke Shiels reduced a point for the Pilgrims after Kettering, pictured, made an explosive start.

Chester are on the march - their ten men saw off Guiseley 1-0, Kevin Roberts the match win in the opening stages.

Wes York scored early and James Armson late as Brackley battled past Darlington. It ended 2-0 at St James Park.

Match details

Kidderminster Harriers: Simpson, Penny, Richards, Maxwell, Lowe, Montrose (Sterling 44'), Austin, Hemmings, Prosser (Cowley 72'), Freemantle, Moyo. Subs not used: Palmer, Martin, Arthur.

Goals: Lowe (42), Cowley (80)

York City: Jameson, Tinkler, King, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Woods, Dyson (Guilfoyle 84'), Cassidy, Redshaw (McLaughlin, 73'). Subs not used: Flatters, Duckworth, Spratt.

Goals: Woods (4), Newton (52 pen)

Referee: Jon Kenny

Attendance: Behind closed doors

Stats for Kidderminster/York

Shots (on target): 5 (2) / 6 (4)
Corners: 2 / 2
Offsides: 0 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 9
Penalties: 0 / 1

Tuesday results

Boston United 2-2 Kettering Town
Brackley Town 2-0 Darlington
Chester 1-0 Guiseley
Kidderminster Harriers 2-2 York City
Spennymoor Town P-P Hereford

League table

York City's latest result leaves the club in 7th position on the 22-team Vanarama National League (North) table. Clubs in positions 2-7 at the end of the regular season will qualify for the promotion play-offs while the first-placed club is automatically promoted. The bottom three clubs are automatically relegated. An updated table is available here.

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Malcolm Clarke (Midlands)

That was a bit of a disappointment.

I thought City were comfortable for most of the game. Lowe's goal (ex-players always seem to score against  City, don't they?) came out of the blue, as also did their second which was just a good strike.

We get so used to multiple replays on the TV, that it becomes annoying that you don't get them on the stream.

It will be interesting to see the penalty decision again, which looked a little fortunate but the Kiddy players didn't seem to protest too much, and whether Jameson was at fault with Lowe's goal as it looked on a single viewing.  

Even more annoying was the commentary, which made Barry Parker sound like John Motson or Guy Mowbray but at least the viewing quality was OK.

On to Boston where, of course, it's already written in the stars that Burrow will score against us! 
Donald Horsfield (York)

What a fantastic story by Patrick McCauley about Derek Dougan (TOOAB, Issue 005). 

Of such things are memories made. Wonderful.

Please check the club's official website before planning travel.
Pre-season friendlies

Sat 5 Newcastle United U-23 1, York City 4 (Trialist, Olly Dyson, Rob Guilfoyle (2))
Tue 8 South Shields 3, York City 0 
Sat 12 Whitby Town 2, York City 0
Sat 19 York City 0, Stockport County 1
Sat 26 Notts County 0, York City 3 (Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton)

2020-21 season

York City joined the FA Cup in the 2nd qualifying round and will join the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Please note: No replays for FA Cup ties in the 2020-21 season.

Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 York City 3, Chorley 1 (McLaughlin, Barrow, Woods)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

Fri 2 AFC Fylde (a)
Mon 5 Leamington (h)
Sat 10 Spennymoor Town (a)
Tue 13 Blyth Spartans (h)
Sat 17 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

Promotion play-off series
Sat 5/Sun 6 NLN play-offs 1R
Sat 12/Sun 13 NLN play-offs semi-final
Sat 19/Sun 20 NLN play-off final
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