Holders Dumped Out Of Trophy: Harriers 2-1 York City
December 16, 2017

Holders Dumped Out Of Trophy: Harriers 2-1 York City

York, last season's FA Trophy winners, were dumped out of the competition by Harriers at Aggborough.

Harriers made a number of changes to the side that had drawn at Harrogate ten days previously with both full backs James Pearson and Joel Taylor returning to the starting line-up while James McQuilkin was rested in midfield and on the bench was the first inclusion of the season for Lee Vaughan.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half so there was a lot of play in the middle of the park, Harriers just edging it probably.  It took until ten minutes before the break for the opening goal to arrive; Pearson picked up the ball on the right and made a surging run through into the penalty area, after an exchange of passes with Manny Sonupe the ball ran to Ryan Croasdale whose shot was blocked but Pearson was on hand to fire in the rebound.

Straight from the kick-off Harriers won the ball back and Declan Weeks' pass sent Sonupe clear into the penalty area and was able to slip the ball under former Harrier Adam Bartlett despite a heavy challenge from his marker to record his tenth goal of the season.

After the break Harriers had chances to further increase their lead; Elton Ngwatala's pass set up Sonupe on the right but he fired into the side netting and midway through the half Sonupe turned provider, this time for James McQuilkin who saw his long range shot tipped over the bar by Bartlett.

The Minstermen threw everything forward in the closing stages and pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes to go; former Harrier Amari Morgan-Smith curling in a shot to the top corner from outside the penalty area.  The visitors then pressed for an equaliser with Brandon Hall being called upon to save a header from Hamza Bencherif.

A Harriers counter-attack should have seen the game wrapped up but after Croasdale's run and pass set up Weeks the latter fired over the bar.

Deep into stoppage time City almost grabbed an equaliser to earn a replay but Hall did well to push Jon Parkin's volley over the bar and Harriers held on to see the game out.