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York City
Boston United
Full time
A Thanoj (89' Sent Off), B Middleton (90' Sent Off)
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 2,461

York City 1-0 Boston United


Tempers flared late on as Boston United suffered a slender defeat at the hands of York City on Saturday afternoon.

Ex-Pilgrim David Ferguson scored the only goal of the game on 73 minutes as the Minstermen bolstered their play-off hopes.

United's afternoon went from bad to worse when Andi Thanoj and Ben Middleton were sent off in the closing stages, moments after Simon Heslop had received his own marching orders for City.

The opening stages were cagey on a boggy playing surface which was still causing referee John Matthews concern an hour before kick-off.

Brad Abbott angled an early drive wide and was handed a 14th minute yellow card after being penalised for diving on the end of Ashley Hemmings’ corner delivery.

York had plenty of the ball but failed to penetrate a resolute United rearguard.

The home side did up the ante after half-time and Ferguson’s drive was charged to safety before Louis Almond had a close-range effort blocked by Ryan Qualter.

Jon Stewart was called upon to make decent saves to thwart Adriano Moke and Almond in successive York attacks.

The game’s defining moments arrived when Adam Bartlett made a brilliant, instinctive save to deny United sub Benny Igiehon, before grabbing Ashley Hemmings’ follow-up header.

York countered by managing to free FERGUSON on the left-hand side and his driven cross-shot nestled into the net off the unfortunate Qualter.

United responded with debutant Jake Beesley wriggling through, only for Sean Newton to recover with a goal-saving block.

Beesley was subsequently injured and replaced by Kabongo Tshimanga and Bartlett was forced into another smart near post save to deny Igiehon.

The match descended into chaos with 88 minutes played. Heslop, already on a yellow card, somehow avoided a straight red for a horrific lunge on Thanoj, who was subsequently sent off for an angry confrontation with Ferguson.

Heslop’s second yellow card saved him from a three-match ban — a fate that with now awaits Thanoj and team-mate Middleton.

Middleton steamed in on Raul Correia and won the ball but referee Matthews was happy to hoist another red card as United’s afternoon unraveled in dramatic fashion.

York (3-4-1-2): Adam Bartlett; Daniel Parslow, Hamza Bencherif, Sean Newton; Adriano Moke (Connor Smith 64), Simon Heslop, Alex Pattison, David Ferguson; Aidan Connolly; Alex Kempster (Raul Correia 66), Louis Almond (Jonny Burn 86). Subs (not used): Connor Brown, Luke Simpson (gk).

Boston (4-4-2): Jon Stewart; Ben Middleton, Ryan Qualter, Jordan Keane, Stephen Brogan; Jay Rollins (Jonathan Wafula 78), Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Ashley Hemmings; Jake Beesley (Kabongo Tshimanga 78), Jack Dyche (Benny Igiehon 59). Subs (not used): Wes Atkinson, George Willis (gk).

Referee: John Matthews.

Attendance: 2,461 (246 visitors).

Ryan Qualter

Player of the Match

Ryan Qualter

Key moments

Red Card Andi Thanoj is sent off for Boston United
Red Card Ben Middleton is sent off for Boston United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Qualter is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Ben Middleton is sent off for Boston United
89:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Keane is yellow carded for Boston United
89:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Andi Thanoj is sent off for Boston United
85:00 Yellow Card
Kabongo Tshimanga is yellow carded for Boston United
78:00 Sub On
Kabongo Tshimanga is substituted on for Boston United
78:00 Sub On
Jonathan Wafula is substituted on for Boston United
78:00 Sub Off
Jake Beesley is substituted off for Boston United
78:00 Sub Off
Jay Rollins is substituted off for Boston United
59:00 Sub On
Benny Igiehon is substituted on for Boston United
59:00 Sub Off
Jack Dyche is substituted off for Boston United
End of period 1
14:00 Yellow Card
Brad Abbott is yellow carded for Boston United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • York City
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Brad Abbott Yellow Card 14:00'
  • Benny Igiehon Sub On 59:00'
  • Jack Dyche Sub Off 59:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Sub On 78:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Sub On 78:00'
  • Jake Beesley Sub Off 78:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub Off 78:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Andi Thanoj Red Card 89:00'
  • Jordan Keane Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Ben Middleton Red Card 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Bradford Park Avenue 42 63
8. Spennymoor Town 42 63
9. Boston United 42 60
10. Blyth Spartans 42 59
11. York City 42 58
12. Darlington 42 55
13. Nuneaton Town 42 55

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