Fi­nal en­counter to de­cide York’s fate

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE: York City are re­ly­ing on favourable fi­nal-day re­sults to stay up af­ter a 1-1 draw at rel­e­ga­tion-ri­vals Woking.

The Min­ster­men dropped back into the bot­tom four ahead of Satur­day’s home game with play-off qual­i­fiers For­est Green and must look to take max­i­mum points, while hop­ing ei­ther neigh­bours Guiseley, Torquay or Woking slip-up.

A draw against For­est Green could still be enough for Gary Mills’s men, but only if Guiseley are beaten at home by Solihull and Brain­tree fail to win at Aldershot.

Mills rea­soned that Jon Parkin’s 75th-minute equaliser in Sur­rey, fol­low­ing Gozie Ogwu’s sec­ond-half penalty, could still prove de­ci­sive come the fi­nal reck­on­ing.

“We’re looking at all sce­nar­ios now,” Mills ad­mit­ted. “But we know we’ve got to win and, then, the point and Jon’s goal could be mas­sive for us be­cause, if Woking lose at Da­gen­ham, we’ll go above them.”

An un­tidy con­test at King­field saw Hamza Bencherif clear off the line at one end be­fore blast­ing over from 10 yards at the other.

Af­ter the in­ter­val, Ugwu went on to con­vert his third penalty is as many games af­ter Sean New­ton had grabbed De­lano Sam-Yorke’s shirt.

Parkin pounced for his 17th goal of the sea­son when he drilled low to Michael Poke’s right from 10 yards af­ter Sam Mug­gle­ton’s long throw fell to him in the area.

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