Steve­nage’s Dean Wells tells how prison set him on the right road

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Wright

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.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

WIDE OPEN: Michael Coul­son gets York up and run­ning against Steve­nage

NO MIS­TAKE: Wes Fletcher slots the win­ning penalty


ER York

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