Minstermen’s chief is under pressure
NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: Angry York City fans called for manager Martin Gray’s sacking after a dismal 1-0 defeat at 10man strugglers Gainsborough Trinity.
The Minstermen look to be blowing their play-off hopes following a third successive loss without scoring and the travelling faithful directed their fury at ex-Darlington chief Gray as the team dropped out of the top seven.
York were a man to the good for three-quarters of the game following on-loan Hull City leftback Ryan Fleming’s first-half dismissal for a strong challenge on Connor Brown.
But it was Ashley Worsfold’s 54th-minute strike that settled matters.
The former Harrogate Town forward found an empty net after goalkeeper Adam Bartlett had raced out of his goal only to punch weakly and flatten teammate Dan Parslow.
A 2-0 home triumph over Southport saw Harrogate stay within one win of leaders Salford City with both teams having three fixtures to play.
Ryan Fallowfield set up a goal in each half for Mark Beck and George Thomson.
The full-back also blocked an equalising chance from Dion Charles on the line, and James Belshaw made a stunning save from Jason Gilchrist.
Adam Boyes kept Bradford Park Avenue’s faint play-off aspirations alive with a brace in his team’s 2-1 victory at Boston, taking his season’s tally to 18 in the league.
Pilgrims captain Jordan Keane had headed the hosts in front, but Boyes equalised with a firm header and won the game on 90 minutes.