Sat 21 Jan 17
at 17:00 PM
Late Newton Strike Secures Barrow Win
SEAN Newton’s injury time goal gave York City a well-deserved victory over play-off chasing Barrow at Bootham Crescent.
The Minstermen had taken a first half lead through Amari Morgan-Smith’s second goal in as many games since arriving on loan from last season’s National League champions Cheltenham Town.
Barrow drew themselves level 18 minutes from time however when a Kyle Letheren mistake allowed Jordan Williams to curl the ball into the back of the City net from 14 yards.
The home side weren’t to be denied a fourth win in seven games though when deep into stoppage time, Newton fired in at close range in front of a jubilant David Longhurst Stand.
On a cold January day in North Yorkshire it was the host who settled the quicker and could have taken the lead inside the opening 60 seconds when Alex Whittle whipped in a cross from the left which Jon Parkin fired straight at visiting ‘keeper Jon Flatt from close range.
City maintained their dominance on proceedings and Flatt was called into action once again as he fell to the ground to keep out Shaun Rooney’s angled effort inside the area.
The visitors were set on playing a number of long balls into the Minstermen half and following a deep cross from the left, Bryon Harrison had their first opportunity in the 12th minute but headed well wide at the far post.
As the clock ticked towards the midway point and with City still on top, they finally broke the deadlock when a long kick forward from Letheren was flicked on by Parkin and into the path of Morgan-Smith who coolly fired past Flatt from 12 yards.
Just three minutes Parkin almost made it two, when, after latching onto a loose ball inside the area, switched it onto his right foot before seeing his goalbound effort flicked away by the toe of a visiting defender.
Parkin was in the thick of the action for City and went close once more when Simon Lappin played a free-kick into his path and the forward curled wide inside the area.
Barrow were offering very little in attack and with their and the half’s final chance, Richie Bennett fired a tame half-volley from the edge-of-the-area into the gloves of Letheren.
The visitors seemed to have more of a threat after the break as Harrison fired a couple of yards wide, although down at the other end Flatt had to be at his agile best to keep out Parkin’s audacious volley from 25 yards.
Despite not really testing Letheren and failing to creating many chances, Paul Cox’s team managed to pull themselves level in the 72nd minute. With the City keeper coming to collect a ball over the top just inside his area, Williams nicked in ahead of him before cutting inside and curling in from 14 yards.
It didn’t seem to affect the confidence of a City side who had only lost one of their last six games as Parkin struck the outside of the woodwork after Whittle pulled the ball back from the left byline.
Gary Mills threw on Vadaine Oliver for the final 15 minutes and the returning striker was to play a huge part in proceedings for City. Firstly, his far post bullet header forced Flatt to expertly tip the ball away to safety, before his quick thinking drew the winner in the third minute of injury time.
The 25-year-old’s quickly taken long throw in was flicked on by Parkin to the far post where Newton was waiting to lash the ball into the back of the net and claim all three points for the Minstermen, closing the gap on their relegation rivals in the process.