Bees sting but City will keep fight­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Franklin

YORK will beat the drop, man­ager Jackie McNa­mara in­sisted, de­spite see­ing his side sur­ren­der a lead to Bar­net.

The Min­ster­men struck first, Lewis Alessan­dra in­stantly en­dear­ing him­self to the Bootham Cres­cent faith­ful with a goal 20 min­utes into his de­but.

Bar­net lev­elled through John Akinde be­fore the in­ter­val to leave York seven points adrift of safety, yet re­mains up­beat.

“I still be­lieve we’ll stay up and catch Steve­nage. Our des­tiny is still in our own hands,” he said.

“We showed more fight and pas­sion.We want to score goals. On an­other day we could have scored four or five.We hit the bar twice, we had a chance at the back post late on.

“But were cre­at­ing chances, which is a good thing. It’s one point but it should be three.

“There’s no doubt we were the bet­ter team.

“We need to keep do­ing the same thing. I think our con­cen­tra­tion can still be bet­ter. It’s im­por­tant to take chances when we get them.We need ev­ery­body push­ing to­gether to make sure we start win­ning.”

York started the bright­est of the two sides, forc­ing three cor­ners in the open­ing min­utes be­fore Alessan­dra gave them the lead mid­way through the first half.

Jake Hyde broke quickly and, af­ter his shot came back off the post, Alessan­dra was on hand to put away the re­bound but the Bees were level in the 38th minute. James Pear­son did well down the right and crossed low for dan­ger man Akinde to fin­ish.

York be­gan the se­cond half in much the same way they did the first, win­ning a se­ries of cor­ners and hit­ting the bar twice.

In stop­page time, sub­sti­tute Vadaine Oliver opted to chest in the box rather than head, be­fore Bradley Few­ster failed to con­vert when one-on-one.

The draw earned Bar­net a fourth point of the week, fol­low­ing their 3-0 vic­tory at New­port County on Tues­day.

And man­ager Martin Allen said:“It was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game af­ter the trip abroad on Tues­day and com­ing up here Fri­day morn­ing. “The play­ers put in a fan­tas­tic ef­fort in Wales, so I thought we looked a bit lack­lus­tre in the first half and weren’t up to the speed that we’ve been at.

“In the se­cond half I thought we played much bet­ter and had more op­por­tu­ni­ties where per­haps we could have won the game.

“When they’re fight­ing for their lives like they were, with new sign­ings com­ing in over the last cou­ple of days, af­ter what was not a good week­end for them at Da­gen­ham, they were al­ways go­ing to come out and fight with that ex­tra bit of spirit in front of their own crowd.”

STAR MAN LEWIS ALESSA

NDRA York

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