Leaders Held: York City 1-1 Harriers
November 2, 2019

Leaders Held: York City 1-1 Harriers

Harriers gave a good performance at Bootham Crescent to hold the unbeaten leaders to a draw.

The Minstermen were limited to few chances and Harriers will count themselves unlucky to not have taken all three points from the game.

Harriers made one change to the side that had lost at Darlington in medweek, Ed Williams coming into the side in place of the injured Rhys Wiliams, causing a slight change to the formation with a four-man defence and Milan Butterfield sitting deep to protect them.

The visitors started the game brightly and with better finishing could have taken an early lead.  In the first half Declan Weeks, Ashley Hemmings, Ed Williams and Richard Peniket all had chances to break the deadlock but couldn't test Peter Jameson in the home goal.

On 26 minutes, though, City went close themselves; Alex Kemptser kept the ball in play on the right touchline and fed it inside to Kallum Griffiths who hit a low shot to the near post that Cameron Gregory pushed away fro a corner.  City took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, nine minutes before the break; Harriers half cleared a cross from the left and were slow to close down Griffiths when the ball dropped to him on the right, he cut inside and fired inside the far post from the edge of the penalty area.

Harriers were not to be disheartened by this set back and continued to play well after the interval in search of an equaliser.  On the hour a good pssing move ended with Weeks sending Sam Austin into the penalty area on the right, his cross was met by Williams who sent a diving back-heel narrowly wide of the far post.  With twenty minutes remaining a Harriers counter-attack saw Richard Peniket's pass send Hemmings free; he, in turn, set up Weeks who fired just over the bar.

At the other end substitute Kieran Green pounced on a poor touch by Ryan Johnson to close in on goal but his shot was pushed away by Gregory for a corner.

Harriers drew level with eight minutes left in the game; Correy Davidson's cross from the left was headed down by Peniket, Jameson could only parry, and Hemmings was on hand to stab the ball in from close range.  Harriers could have then taken the lead but sub Ollie Shenton fired wide of the target.

Late on Gregory had to be alert to save at point blank from Jordan Burrow as the home team pressed for a late winner; from the resultant corner Harriers were able to scramble the ball away and hold on for a deserved point.