NIGEL: NOT THE TIME TO PANIC

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

YORK boss Nigel Worthington be­lieves all is not lost de­spite drop­ping two cru­cial points to Shay McCar­tan’s stop­page-time equaliser for Ac­cring­ton.

McCar­tan can­celled out Michael Coul­son’s penalty to earn a share of the spoils, a re­sult which sees York drop out of the play-off places.

Worthington, whose side have not lost since Jan­uary but have now drawn three in a row, be­lieves there are plenty more twists to come be­fore the end of the sea­son how­ever.

“I’ve said to the play­ers not to be dis­ap­pointed and it’s how your re­cover from the set­back,” he said.

“It’s noth­ing to be ashamed off, we’ve had a ter­rific sea­son and we’ll go again.

“We’re in a fan­tas­tic po­si­tion, it’s an im­por­tant point but we have dropped two points.

“The per­for­mance was once again solid with lots of en­ergy and com­mit­ment from the play­ers. But we’ve got to be more ruth­less with the chances. We’ve done a fan­tas­tic job since the turn of the year and we want to see that through un­til the end of the sea­son.”

The Min­ster­men started brightly and Coul­son headed straight at Mar­cus Bet­tinelli just seven min­utes in.

At the other end, Luke Joyce’s vol­ley was held by Nick Pope on 18 min­utes be­fore Piero Min­goia and Kay­ode Ode­jayi both fired wildly off tar­get from dis­tance.

York nearly prof­ited when Hay­hurst’s 36th minute cor­ner was not cleared, Ryan Brobbel shoot­ing over from 18 yards.

John McCombe then mist­imed his header af­ter es­cap­ing Ode­jayi’s at­ten­tions two min­utes later.

York ramped the pres­sure up af­ter the break, Brobbel thread­ing a well-weighted through ball for Coul­son on 51 min­utes whose ef­fort was then blocked by Nicky Hunt.

Four min­utes Adam Reed’s low shot was de­flected clear be­fore the same player fizzed a low shot just wide.

York’s pres­sure was re­warded on the hour though, Coul­son send­ing Bet­tinelli the wrong way from the spot af­ter Ode­jayi han­dled in the area.

Calvin Andrew could have dou­bled the lead on 78 min­utes, not con­nect­ing with Hay­hurst’s low cross when any touch would have been enough. And it was to prove costly, as Pope was caught out by Lee Molyneux’s drift­ing cor­ner on 91 min­utes, al­low­ing the wait­ing McCar­tan to head in.

Ac­cring­ton boss James Beat­tie said:“I think that epitomises what we’ve been about all sea­son.

“The lads never know when they’re beat, they never lie down for any­body.

“I think the penalty was soft, to say the least, there’s an­other sim­i­lar de­ci­sion about five min­utes from the end in the mid­dle of the pitch and he just waved it away.

“That’s the spirit we’ve got in­side the dress­ing room.

“Re­sults else­where have been hor­ren­dous, so it could end up be­ing the most im­por­tant

point of the sea­son.”

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SPOT ON: Michael Coul­son scores a penalty for York STAR MAN RYAN BROBB

EL York RIS­ING HIGH: Shay McCar­tan scores a late equaliser for Ac­cring­ton

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