1:03 PM 5th December 2021
Match Report: Guiseley 0-1 York City
A last gasp wonderstrike from 'King' Kurt Willoughby sent York City home with all three points in a Yorkshire derby at Guiseley.
A Yorkshire derby away to Guiseley awaited York City after success in the FA Trophy versus Blyth. 19th placed Guiseley had also had a similar triumph, overcoming Ashton United in the competition too. Lions manager Marcus Bignot has a lot more experience than at National League North level, having taken on the role of interim manager of Aston Villa Women in recent times, as well as a coach in the England U19’s set up. He was hoping to carve out a result against York's John Askey who picked up his first win last week.
After a slow start to the game from The Minstermen, they got their first shot on target when, after 13 minutes, Kurt Willoughby's inswinging cross found the head of target Mark Beck but he couldn't get enough power to take it past the 'keeper.
Beck almost had the breakthrough again after his header from inside the box nearly looped over the Guiseley 'keeper but somehow it was prevented from crossing the line.
A huge game for The Minstermen awaits following this, a trip to Gateshead on Tuesday night
29 minutes played and Akil Wright was the next City player to try his luck against Brad Wade, being played through and his strike going inches wide, via a deflection.
About 7 minutes from the interval, Guiseley were given their first real chance. Jordan Thewlis tested Jameson from close range with a low shot but the York 'keeper was there to successfully deny him.
About 15 minutes into the second half, York fans were given some false hope after a Kurt Willoughby strike found the back of the net but it was unfortunately ruled out after an offside decision.
With 15 minutes left, Guiseley had multiple opportunities to take the lead but failed to capitalise on any of them. It started off with Pete Jameson having to palm a goalbound shot back out and then the rebound ricocheted off a few bodies before being cleared. The clearance fell to a white shirt in Prince Ekpolo, who fired in a rocket which beat Jameson but thundered back off the crossbar.
A dramatic end to the game saw York City clinch a late winner and pick up all three points - in incredible fashion too! 'King' Kurt Willoughby picked up the ball from 30 yards out and struck an absolute wonder goal to seal the win in a scrappy ‘smash and grab’ game that looked to be heading for a draw.
A huge game for The Minstermen awaits following this, a trip to Gateshead on Tuesday night (19:45). After just being eliminated from the FA Cup, they are unbeaten in the league at home so a difficult game is expected. City now sit in 9th place, just four points behind The Heed.
Manager John Askey had his say on the performance and despite the result, he revealed, "we have to be better."
Guiseley: Wade, Cantrill, Nicholson, Ekpolo, Bencherif ©, Mbeka, Hull, Spencer (Gratton 81'), Thewlis, Hey, Brown
Subs not used: Hollins, Tuton, Stones, Haw
Yellow cards: Spencer (79'), Hull (77')
York City: Jameson, Senior, Brown, Newton ©, Barrow, Wallace, Wright, McLaughlin, Donaldson, Willoughby, Beck
Subs not used: Campbell, Hancox, Hopper, Heaney, Gilchrist
Goals: Willoughby (88')
Yellow cards: Donaldson (84'), Wright (57')
Attendance: 1376 (591 away)
Referee: Dale Baines
Man of the Match: Kurt Willoughby