Windass late show ruins York afternoon
YORK boss Russ Wilcox bemoaned his side’s misfortune as Josh Windass’ late, deflected free-kick denied them a valuable three points.
Luke Summerfield and Jake Hyde both struck after the break for the Minstermen, either side of Sean Maguire’s goal, but Windass’ late freekick ensured a share of the spoils.
It means York remain locked in the relegation battle, but Wilcox believes his side’s fighting qualities merited a better result.
“It was a performance worthy of three points,” he said.
“Is it a point gained? No, it’s two lost because it’s a late goal.
“We just need a little bit of lady luck but we have to keep the belief and togetherness that is there for everyone to see to get us out of this mess.
“Results are obviously most important but the key for me is that I cannot question what the players are doing.
“The fans go away disappointed but they can’t be disappointed with the spirit and endeavour of the lads.
“It’s small margins, fine lines. It’s a cruel, cruel game.”
York were the better team from the off, with Tom Platt going closest before the break when his long-range strike was well blocked on 18 minutes.
Shaq Coulthirst and Keith Lowe then both tested Scott Davies from distance within ten minutes of the interval.
Summerfield finally broke the deadlock on 63 minutes, as York counterattacked with pace and the midfielder’s low shot deflected in beyond the wrong-footed Davies.
The lead lasted just six minutes though, before Maguire pounced on Lowe’s headed clearance to fire powerfully beyond Bobby Olejnik.
Hyde restored York’s lead on 76 minutes, stretching to stab in from close-range when John McCombe unselfishly pulled back to him in front of goal.
But Windass’ 90th minute free-kick from the edge of the area, after Russell Penn’s foul, beat Olejnik via a big deflection to earn the hosts a late point.
And Stanley assistant manager Jimmy Bell said: “We showed the battling qualities we have in the team, we stuck to our guns and I think a draw was a worthy result in the end.
“It was like a boxing contest.
“We were keeping each other at arm’s length. There were a few jabs here and there but not much happening until the goals.
“But give credit to our lads. It showed the resilience we’ve got in our camp.We don’t want to get dragged into this relegation battle.
“It keeps the teams below us at arm’s length and it was a good point in the end.”
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