YORK WITH LATE STRIKE

AC­CRING­TON ....1 Stan­ley boss is keep­ing the faith

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shouldn’t need any­one to do that. The only good thing to come out of the first half was that it was only 1-0. We’ve got goals in our team and we can raise our game.

“We came out miles bet­ter in the sec­ond-half and I’m made up. We took the game to them and they got deeper and deeper. In the end, the pres­sure told.” Paul Rachubka tipped Richard Cress­well’s goal­bound header over the bar on six min­utes and he later saved Ash­ley Cham­bers’ shot when one-onone.

Murphy cleared Reed’s shot from Cham­bers’ 24thminute cor­ner off the line as Stan­ley lived dan­ger­ously.

But Reed fin­ished coolly in­side the penalty area af­ter his ini­tial shot was blocked in first-half stop­page time to give York the lead. Josh Car­son played in sub­sti­tute Michael Coul­son with an in­ci­sive 69th-minute through­ball and Rachubka saved well to keep Stan­ley in the game.

And they equalised at the death when Murphy poked home amid a goal­mouth scram­ble from Lau­rence Wil­son’s cor­ner.

That strike kept York in the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence, but Min­is­ter­men boss Nigel Worthington re­fused to give up hope.

“It’s still in our hands and as long as the play­ers con­tinue to put the com­mit­ment and en­ergy into their per­for­mance then we can’t ask any­more,” he said.

“There’s good spirit and be­lief that we can do it and while there are points avail­able we will fight un­til the last whis­tle.

“I think if the game was a month ago then we prob­a­bly would have lost it but there’s re­silience there and char­ac­ter. We’re show­ing the dirty side of the game that is re­quired to make a good team and that is im­por­tant.

“I thought our play in the first-half was ex­cel­lent. In the sec­ond half the change in per­son­nel in los­ing David McGurk was a lit­tle bit of an up­set for us as we had to change things about.

“You know they are go­ing to throw things in the box and 99 per cent of the time we dealt with them. Un­for­tu­nately there was five min­utes of stop­page time, I don’t know where it came from, and

they get a goal.”

ON THE WAY IN: Chaos in the York area as Ac­cring­ton equalise through Peter Murphy, hid­den

JOSH CARSO

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