NORTHALLERTON RUN OUT OF STEAM
For 45 minutes Northallerton Town were a match for their more illustrious opponents.
As you would expect, the visitors had more pace and were neater in their play and passing, but once Northallerton got into the game – around the 15 minute mark – there wasn’t a great deal between them.
The two teams shared the opening chances – York right back Nathan Dyer with a swerving shot that Town keeper Tom Dawson was able to push away, followed by the home side’s Josh Keogh with a shot just over the bar.
In the 21st minute Northallerton No. 5 Dan Jones took the proverbial “one for the team” – clattering into Jake Wright just as the York attacker was threatening to break through for a clear run for goal. Unsurprisingly, he got a booking for his troubles.
Not long after, York centre back Joe Tait almost presented Northallerton with a chance by mis-kicking a clearance, but neither Nicky Martin nor Aaron Ramsbottom could make the most of the mistake.
Dawson and Jones combined in the 26th minute to keep it goalless. Dawson was able to save a shot by York winger Wes York after the No. 11 broke through the middle; his teammate Wright picked up the loose ball and was just about to strike when Jones slid in to make a crucial, last-gasp tackle.
Up until then, Northallerton had been unable to get anyone close enough to a series of crosses put into the York box. In the 32nd minute York broke the deadlock when Wright found the top corner of the Northallerton goal from the corner of the box.
Town had two really good chances and a half chance to draw level in the closing 10 minutes of the half.
Kieran McWaters found Martin wide right. His cross was slightly behind Ramsbottom who had to check back and the No. 10 couldn’t find the target from inside the six-yard box. And then seconds before the break Damon Reaks had their best effort of the half when his shot rattled off the bar before bouncing down and out. In added time, Elliot McGlade sent a free kick just over the bar.
Those chances were the high point of Northallerton’s attacking play.
Within seven minutes of the re-start they were 3-0 down and by the 64th minute they had conceded the fourth.
In the 49th minute Jones scored an own goal, mis-kicking an attempted clearance of a cross coming in from the right. Former Whitley Bay striker Alex Kempster made it 0-3 by running across the edge of the Northallerton box before shooting back across Dawson.
The scoring was wrapped up by Wes York with a cross-cum-shot that found the inside of the goal with the ball going in off the left hand post.
As the half progressed, Northallerton players looked tired after their first half exertions, with a series of mis-placed passes and mistakes. Their last chance saw Jack Proctor have a shot skim just over the bar.
They’d given it all they had, they just ran out of steam in the second half and were up against a better, fitter team.