McCOMBE FINDS A MAGIC TOUCH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

NIGEL Worthington praised de­fender John McCombe af­ter he re­sponded to the man­ager’s plea to ease the goalscor­ing bur­den on York’s strik­ers.

Wes Fletcher ex­tended his lead at the top of York’s goalscor­ing charts with a tenth minute penalty af­ter Neal Trotman saw red for a late tackle on Ryan Bow­man.

But it was cen­tre-half McCombe who en­sured York recorded their third away win in their last four out­ings with a well-taken dou­ble.

Josh Carson ap­plied the gloss with a stun­ning fourth in the 90th minute as the Min­ster­men moved up three places to 11th in the ta­ble.

But de­spite boast­ing a ten-point cush­ion on the rel­e­ga­tion zone, York boss Worthington in­sists his side are not safe from the drop

He said: “It is a great three points but it is im­por­tant that our feet stay on the ground.

“There are teams be­low us with two of three more games to play so we need to stay fo­cused and to­gether. Their man get­ting sent off can dis­tort the game a lit­tle bit but we played very well against ten men.

“We spoke in the week about need­ing goals from other de­part­ments and John McCombe has re­sponded in style.

“He does well in the box and he is one of those play­ers you know won’t be far away from the ball when it comes in.”

The game ex­ploded into life on ten min­utes when Bow­man col­lected a de­fence-split­ting pass from Fletcher to find him­self in on goal.

In­stead of opt­ing to shoot first time, the striker cut in­side Trotman and was duly brought down by the Ar­gyle de­fender on the edge of the six-yard box.

Ref­eree Charles Break­s­pear im­me­di­ately pointed to the spot and pro­duced a red card for Trotman.

Fletcher held his nerve to send Jake Cole the wrong way from the penalty spot for his 13th goal of the sea­son.

Ply­mouth re­sponded well and Reuben Reid was de­nied by a bril­liant cov­er­ing tackle from McCombe be­fore Conor Houri­hane lashed wide. But the con­test was ef­fec­tively over on the stroke of half-time af­ter Bow­man headed Will Hay­hurst’s cross back across for McCombe to send a header past Cole.

York con­trolled the sec­ond half well and Fletcher tore down the left be­fore cross­ing for Hay­hurst to hit a thun­der­bolt that was su­perbly tipped over by the Ar­gyle keeper.

York rubbed salt into Ar­gyle wounds af­ter some nifty foot­work from Michael Coul­son teed up McCombe to poke the ball home.

And the vis­i­tors piled on more mis­ery in the 90th minute af­ter Carson let fly with a stun­ning left-footed shot into the top cor­ner.

Ply­mouth boss John Sheridan said:“I have got no ex­cuses – it was just a bad day at the of­fice for us.

“I thought we re­sponded re­ally well un­til they scored the sec­ond goal. That was the killer blow and we did look all over the place in the last ten min­utes.

“It is never nice to lose a game 4-0 but we need to sweep it un­der the car­pet.”

PLY­MOUTH AR­GYLE (4-3-3): Cole 6, Blan­chard 6, Pur­ring­ton 5, Blizzard 5, Trotman 4, Nel­son 6, Houri­hane 6, Ban­ton 5 (Thomas 54 7), Boco 6 (Berry 54 6), Alessan­dra 5, Reid 6

Subs not used: Daw­son, Young, Mor­gan, Har­vey, Gurrieri YORK CITY (4-4-2): Pope 7, Oye­banjo 7, Davies 7, McCombe 8, Lowe 7, Carson 7, Hay­hurst 7, Penn 7 (Mon­trose 79 6), Reed 7, Bow­man 8 (Dickinson 90 N/A), Fletcher 7 (Coul­son 68 7)

Subs not used: Ing­ham, Puri, Platt, McGurk

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

STAR MAN JOHN

BE McCOM

team OPENER: Wes Fletcher cel­e­brates af­ter putting York in front

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