WORTHINGTON: WE’LL BE READY
YORK go into the League Two play-offs with their unbeaten run still intact
after claiming a point at promoted Scunthorpe – boss Nigel Worthington adamant that’s the least they deserved.
The Iron seemed on course for the title five minutes before half-time when they led via goals from Paddy Madden and Terry Hawkridge.
But Ryan Brobbel fired in from 20 yards in first-half stoppage time and Calvin Andrew later celebrated a close-range equaliser as the Minstermen made it 17 games without defeat to book a play-off meeting with Fleetwood; Chesterfield eventually securing the title.
“We only had ourselves to blame for being behind.We were off the pace first half but we came through,” said Worthington.
“After the break we were positive with the ball, kept it simple and got what we deserved at the end of the game. Fleetwood, Southend, Burton – whoever we got in the play-offs we have to play them. We’ve got Fleetwood and the preparation starts now. We’ll make sure we are ready for next week. More importantly though, this point keeps the confidence going.”
The form team in the division after Scunthorpe had lost their 28match unbeaten run the previous week, York’s own spell of games without a loss looked seriously under threat early on.
The Iron went ahead in the 19th minute when Eddie Nolan whipped the ball in left-footed and Madden nipped in at the near post to glance home a header.
After Adam Reed had been denied a quick equaliser by the alertness of keeper Sam Slo- combe, the home side went further ahead via Hawkridge’s superb solo strike. He drew his defender after racing clear into the box and then fired home.
Scunthorpe were cruising yet crucially they were pegged back before the break when Brobbel worked the ball onto his right foot and curled it into the top corner.
The Minstermen were miles better after the break. Fullback Lanre Oyebanjo fired wide after a brilliant charge upfield. Reed did likewise as he ghosted in to meet a lovely squeezed pass by Michael Coulson.
In the 71st minute they did draw level as Will Hayhurst fired goalwards and the ball deflected home off Andrew. And Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox, who has lost just one of his 30 games in charge following his arrival as manager in November, said:“It would have been great to go and win the league but with Chesterfield winning we couldn’t have done it anyway.
“At half-time we knew the scores and that we were top – we just couldn’t quite manage that second period.
“The goal just before half-time was the key goal.You can see why York are where they are – 17 games unbeaten and in a play-off spot. They work so hard. They went 4-3-3 and went for it – we found it difficult to get a foothold but we’re delighted to be back in League One.”
COMEBACK: Ryan Brobbel nets York’s first in their fightback STAR MAN TERRY HAWKR
orpe HEADS I WIN: Paddy Madden opens the scoring for Scunthorpe