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City back in play-off zone after win

13th January 2018
Match Result
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Bootham Crescent
Saturday 13th Jan - 15:00

GOALS from Jon Parkin and Amari Morgan-Smith secured a 2-1 victory today over Bradford Park Avenue and lifted City back into the Vanarama National League North play-off zone.

Former City striker Adam Boyes pulled a goal back in stoppage time for Avenue but it was not enough to prevent the Minstermen winning four games in a row for the first time in nearly four years.

New signing Raul Correia made his debut in City's attack and Daniel Rowe returned in midfield as a replacement for loan signing Alex Pattison who is now back at parent club Middlesbrough.

Sporting director Dave Penney revealed, afterwards, that there is still a possibility of Pattison returning for a second spell on loan at Bootham Crescent (see below).

City took the lead four minutes before halftime when Parkin beat goalkeeper Steven Drench with a neat left foot finish after running onto a pass from Connolly.

It was the veteran striker's 25th goal of the season in all competitions and he is now the division's leading marksman with 20 league goals.

Substitute Morgan-Smith doubled City's lead in the 65th minute when bundling home a cross from captain Sean Newton.

Avenue, who started the game one point above City in the table, might have pulled a goal back in the 74th minute but for a brilliant save by Adam Bartlett.

The City goalkeeper dived full-length to claw a close-range header from Boyes away from the top corner of the net.

Even then, Avenue substitute Adam Nowakowski might have converted the rebound but pressure from Jonny Burn led to the ball hitting the outside of the post.

Boyes finally got on the scoresheet in stoppage time, tapping home from close-range after a cross from Oli Johnson.

There was still time for Avenue to force two corners but City's defence held firm for a valuable three points.

Commenting on the situation regarding Pattison, Penney said: "We would love him to come back. We thought he was excellent. There is still a possibility. The player wants to play at as high a level as he can - but he's enjoyed it here and he's got a good relationship with Martin and the players.

"He wanted to play today but (Middlesbrough manager) Tony Pulis wanted to have a look at him in an Under-23 game tomorrow.

"We are hopeful we can get him back," Penney added. "We will keep asking the question. Martin is going have a look tomorrow and have a word with people at Middlesbrough and say 'Can we have him for Tuesday!"  

York City: Bartlett; Law, Burn, Bencherif, Ferguson; Rowe (Morgan-Smith 52), Newton, Moke, Connolly (Parslow 90+3); Correia (Gray 82), Parkin. Unused substitutes: Smith, Simpson.

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench; Ross (Vidal 30), Killock, Havern, Hill; Brooksby (Nowakowski 68), Wroe, Spencer (Boshell 77), Clee; Boyes, Johnson. Unused substitutes: Hall, Knight.

Referee: Simon Mather.

Attendance: 2642


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