York City 1-2 Kidderminster Harriers
York City fell to an opening day defeat to Kidderminster as they lost their first league game at the LNER Community Stadium.
The game started in a fairly hectic manner with both sides having some half chances, but it was the visitors who took the lead thanks to some good play on the left hand side. The ball was played across the City goalmouth and Hemmings tapped in unmarked at the back post after 21 minutes.
York had a period around the half hour mark where they controlled the game but Donaldson couldn’t put away a couple of chances and the visitors saw out the first half relatively comfortably in the last 5 minutes.
But the Minstermen came out fighting early on in the second half and got a goal within a minute of the restart. A hopeful ball was played forward and a lapse in concentration from the Kidderminster defence saw Heaney run on in behind and drill the ball low past the keeper.
York then seemed in control of the game but couldn’t quite get the second before Kidderminster calmed the game down. The away side then took control of the game with 15 minutes to go, having more possession and chances and looking fitter than the Minstermen.
That eventually led to Kidderminster taking the lead with three minutes to go, a deflected effort from Austin flat footed Jameson and gave the visitors the win. York pushed for an equaliser in the final few minutes but didn’t create anything clear cut and the goal from Austin was enough for the visitors to leave the LNER Community Stadium with all three points.
York will be disappointed with not taking their chances and will need to improve quickly if they are serious about challenging for promotion this year. Overall Kidderminster probably deserved their win, and could have scored more, but York will be looking to bounce back next Saturday at Gloucester City.