Come­back boosts their sur­vival hopes

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By JA­SON BURNS

VER­DICT: York City huffed and puffed and got the least they de­served against a Dover side with pro­mo­tion as­pi­ra­tions. In new re­cruit Jon Parkin, Gary Mills could have a saviour

PROUD Gary Mills heaped praise on his bat­tling York City af­ter they fought back twice to se­cure a much-needed point at play-off hope­fuls Dover.

Jamie Grimes and a Ricky Miller penalty twice put the home side in front, only for the Min­ster­men to re­store par­ity each time, through striker Jon Parkin and Shaun Rooney.

“I have noth­ing but praise for my play­ers and I thought we were very good from start to fin­ish,” Mills beamed.

“We showed great fight and ag­gres­sion to try and win the game and over­all I thought we were the bet­ter side and de­served to win.

“We can take a lot of heart from the per­for­mance and if you look at the league ta­ble there is ev­ery­thing to play for. We have 18 games to go and if we show that fight and spirit we have got a chance.”

And Mills wasn’t alone in giv­ing credit to the Min­ster­men, who started the day level on points with North Ferriby at the foot of the ta­ble.

Dover boss Chris Kin­n­ear was equally im­pressed, adding: “The man­ager and the team have got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and some of them have played in the Premier League and Scot­tish Premier­ship. Other teams will find it hard against them. To­day showed there are no easy games in this league.

“We are a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed, es­pe­cially be­ing in front twice, but they are a big club and have got some big play­ers there. We are still up there and pick­ing up points, so we can’t be too dis­ap­pointed.”

Grimes took just six min­utes to put Dover in front, slot­ting in Sammy Moore’s free-kick off the post.

York, how­ever, didn’t lie down with Matt Fry blast­ing an ef­fort off tar­get from ten yards, be­fore Aar­ran Racine headed straight at Steve Arnold.

Miller, scorer of more Na­tional League goals than the en­tire York team, fired inches wide from a tight an­gle af­ter get­ting the bet­ter of Yan Klukowski.

Ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer Pre­ston North End and Cardiff striker Parkin showed how cru­cial he will be to York’s sur­vival hopes by stab­bing in Si­mon Lap­pin’s cor­ner on 36 min­utes.

But Fry was forced to come to their res­cue right on half-time with a last-ditch tackle to deny Ross Lafayette on the goal-line.

City con­tin­ued to press af­ter the break – Lafayette head­ing Racine’s goal bound header off the line and Parkin crack­ing the post with a fierce ef­fort.

But it was Dover who struck next on 72 min­utes, Rooney fouled Miller in the box and the di­vi­sion’s top scorer calmly slot­ted home for his 26th of the sea­son.

Rooney made amends five min­utes later – his tow­er­ing header from Sean New­ton’s cen­tre nestling into the bot­tom cor­ner.

And York might have clinched all three points late on when sub­sti­tute Daniel Nti was de­nied by Arnold in a one-on-one. STAR MAN: Jon Parkin (York) ATT: 1,308 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Adrian Quelch 6/10

PIC­TURE: Matt Bris­tow

EASY DOES IT: Ricky Miller puts Dover ahead from the penalty spot

BAR­RIER: York’s Shaun Rooney shields the ball from Ricky Miller

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