York have no an­swer to age­less Cure­ton

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Colin Hen­rys

RUSS WIL­COX pulled no punches in his as­sess­ment of his York team’s de­feat as the Min­ster­men dropped into the bot­tom two.

Vet­eran striker Jamie Cure­ton struck twice as Da­gen­ham pulled five points clear of their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals.

Boss Wil­cox slammed his side’s per­for­mance, call­ing for dras­tic im­prove­ment if York are to save them­selves.

“The per­for­mance was poor,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to hide from that fact.We were not good enough. Nowhere near good enough.

“The ef­fort was there from the play­ers, but we lacked a lot of qual­ity and I re­ally feel for ev­ery­one at the foot­ball club.

“I’m hop­ing, by go­ing into the bot­tom two, that the re­al­ity of what los­ing our League sta­tus would do to the club, fam­i­lies, the academy and staff will kick in be­cause it needs to.

“It’s a huge blow and not scor­ing again is wor­ry­ing. Jamie Cure­ton had the qual­ity we are lack­ing.”

In a nervy af­fair, chances were at a pre­mium early on, with Josh Car­son’s low free-kick, which Mark Cousins saved eas­ily, the only chance of note un­til Cure­ton’s first goal.

The ex­pe­ri­enced striker raced on to Billy Bing­ham’s low pass on 19 min­utes and held off Keith Lowe’s weak tackle to break the dead­lock with a com­posed fin­ish.

Malvind Ben­ning saved an­other cer­tain goal on 43 min­utes as Ash­ley Hem­mings looked to fin­ish from a fast counter-attack, which was halted only by the full-back’s tackle.

Cure­ton dou­bled the lead on 53 min­utes, though, beat­ing the off­side trap to race onto Ayo Obileye’s long clear­ance and lob the on­rush­ing Bobby Ole­jnik.

The 39-year-old turned provider four min­utes later, re­leas­ing Alex Jaku­biak, but Ole­jnik saved well and Cure­ton shot just wide from the re­bound.

York threw men for­ward and sub­sti­tute Jake Hyde saw a header cleared off the line by Bing­ham on 88 min­utes.

But the Dag­gers never looked like sur­ren­der­ing their lead, with boss Wayne Bur­nett run­ning out of su­perla­tives for Cure­ton.

He said: “What can I say about him that I haven’t said al­ready? His move­ment is up there with the very, very best.

“He is a night­mare to play against be­cause he plays right on the shoul­ders of the de­fend­ers.You don’t know where he is from a de­fen­sive point of view.

“He’s not only a top, top player, still, but he’s al­ways a great guy to have around. He will con­tinue to score goals be­cause his move­ment is just ab­so­lutely su­perb.

“It’s been a tough week with Rhys Mur­phy leav­ing, but I’m very pleased with the per­for­mance. It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult.”

STAR MAN JAMIE CURET

ON Da­gen

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