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WES FLETCHER’S penalty gave York their first win of the season at Stevenage as Boro boss Graham Westley again raged about what he feels is a ‘disgraceful’ attitude towards his team by the officials.
Westley previously blew his top on the subject last month after Plymouth were given a penalty deep into stoppage time while his team were defending a 1-0 lead.
On this occasion, he was left incensed about the decision to send off his captain Andy Bond after 31 minutes and the award of the penalty that led to Fletcher’s winner.
It took the focus away from what was a terrific game at Broadhall Way where Boro made light of being down to ten men to pull back a 2-0 deficit before eventually being edged out with 14 minutes left.
And Westley said: “I’m fed up of coming out here and talking about decisions.
“I’m fed up of people coming to talk to me in the dugout for doing nothing – the referee is telling me out there that I’m not allowed to shout.
“The attitude that is shown towards us is a disgrace and I look at the big incidents of the day like the sending off where he [Bond] sees the player is going to ground and wins the ball with his right foot.
“Then, down to ten men, we put in a sterling effort to get ourselves back in the game and we see a penalty where the referee’s view was completely blocked.”
York raced into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes as Sam Beasant failed to keep out a Michael Coulson free-kick before Fletcher finished into the bottom corner to round off a swift counter attack.
Things went from bad to worse for Boro when they had Bond sent off for an ugly lunge on Fletcher.
But they were given hope with halfan-hour left when Chris Whelpdale nodded in from close range after Bira Dembele had flicked on Simon Walton’s free-kick.
Five minutes later, Tom Pett rifled in after Marvin McCoy failed to cut out Whelpdale’s long throw to improbably draw ten-man Stevenage level.
However, the Minstermen restored their lead when Pett was judged to have bundled over McCoy in the area and Fletcher held his nerve from the spot.
And York boss Nigel Worthington said:“It was a fantastic game and I am pleased for the players and their performance out there.
“To come to Stevenage, who on any day are a very tough side, and get three points is very pleasing, especially because it is our first win of the season.
“It’s been another spirited performance from us – we fully deserved our two-goal lead, although we didn’t control the game perhaps as well as we could have done.
“But we kept going, we kept our heads up and we got the third goal to give us a terrific win.”
WIDE OPEN: Michael Coulson gets York up and running against Stevenage
NO MISTAKE: Wes Fletcher slots the winning penalty
STAR MAN WES FLETCH