York still alive and kick­ing at the bot­tom


The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jef­fer­son Lake

we’ve won at Northamp­ton, who have the best home record in the league.

“Northamp­ton is a very hard place to come with their home record, we knew we had to per­form and the play­ers did just that. Northamp­ton’s home form has been ex­cep­tional and we knew we had to work hard and play when we could.”

That home form has pro­pelled Northamp­ton into the up­per reaches of the ta­ble but the loss to York has left them five points off third place with games run­ning out.

Man­ager Aidy Boothroyd didn’t feel his play­ers were af­fected by the oc­ca­sion - the 6,600-plus crowd was the big­gest at Six­fields this sea­son - and said:“The run was al­ways go­ing to come to an end but I’d rather it had come to an end in six months’ time rather than now.

“York dealt with the oc­ca­sion bet­ter than we did. The pres­sure was on us to get a re­sult and we didn’t get it but we dealt with it last sea­son when we were in a rel­e­ga­tion fight and we’ll deal with it this year when we’re in a pro­mo­tion fight.

“I hon­estly don’t think the crowd af­fected us. It’s bril­liant to play in front of big crowds and you want to win be­cause you want all those peo­ple to come back.”

The prolific Nahki Wells grabbed the opener but Ten­dayi Darikwa lev­elled with 20 min­utes to go, only for Ricky Raven­hill to put the Ban­tams back ahead.

But Tog­well scram­bled home late on to leave Brad­ford in sev­enth but just a point above Ex­eter with Ch­ester­field four fur­ther adrift.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally our sea­son was over if we’d lost that game,” Cross­ley ad­mit­ted.

“I think if we win our last three games that will be enough to take us into the play-offs; Brad­ford have got a tough run-in and we’ve still got to play Ex­eter who are in the mix, but it was vi­tal we got that goal right at the end.

“It was a great game with both sets of fans in fine form, but that late equaliser was no less than we de­served.”

The Spireites, who them­selves are em­bark­ing on a late bid to make the League Two play-offs, al­most took the lead early on when Drew Tal­bot’s thump­ing header had to be cleared in des­per­a­tion by the Brad­ford cap­tain Gary Jones.

But, it was the vis­i­tors who grabbed the first goal of the af­ter­noon, and it was Wells with his 22nd goal of the sea­son; the Ber­mu­dan tak­ing the ball in the air and fin­ish­ing with aplomb to put Brad­ford in front.

Wells was at it again as the sec­ond half be­gan in sim­i­lar fash­ion, a fine block from the Ch­ester­field de­fence deny­ing the Ber­mu­dan a sec­ond of the af­ter­noon. Then, with 20 min­utes left on the clock, Darikwa grabbed the lev­eller, the winger pok­ing in from close range to level the game up.

As the game en­tered the fi­nal ten min­utes Brad­ford were adamant they should have re­ceived a penalty af­ter Neal Trot­man ap­peared to han­dle, but that mat­tered lit­tle as from the re­sult­ing cor­ner, Raven­hill slid home his first of the sea­son to fire Brad­ford back in front, be­fore Tog­well’s scram­bled goal.

Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son was pleased that his side re­main in the box seat for sev­enth, but couldn’t hide his frus­tra­tion at ref­eree

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

ON TAR­GET: Brad­ford mid­fielder Ricky Raven­hill re­stores the vis­i­tors’ lead GARY JONES ON THE MARCH: Ten­dayi Darikwa takes off af­ter his goal

IM­PRES­SIVE: York’s Matty Blair


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