Minstermen crash to new low
Sat 16th Feb 3pm
York City's increasingly troubled season descended to a new low as relegation-threatened Barnet came from behind to earn themselves a valuable 2-1 victory at Bootham Crescent.
That was despite the early boost of a seventh-minute own-goal from David Stephens, initially credited to Michael Rankine. But Andy Yiadom soon equalised and substitute Jake Hyde then grabbed the visitors a 73rd minute winner.
And Barnet went on to take maximum points despite finishing the game with only nine men when a couple of their players collided late on after already using their full quota of substitutes.
Scoreless in their last couple of games, York were chasing a rapid start attacking towards their favoured home end during the opening half and they earned two early corners, the second of which delivered by Ashley Chambers was eventually scrambled off the line.
But the hosts weren't to be denied for long and John McGrath's whipped free-kick was diverted into his own net by Stephens. Matty Blair then saw an angled drive blocked by the legs of one-time Arsenal trainee keeper Graham Stack.
However, Barnet gradually began to enjoy increased possession as their opponents sat back and former Celtic striker Craig Beattie headed a Jordan Brown cross straight at Michael Ingham. And the visitors were soon rewarded with an equaliser after York's returning skipper Chris Smith was penalised for a challenge on Dutch master Edgar Davids and Yiadom bundled in ex-Welsh international John O'Shea's free-kick.
The Minstermen were struggling to maintain their bright opening although Rankine's chipped cross almost gave Chambers a free header until going down inside the area. Blair then saw a dangerous break into the box ended at the expense of a corner but the visitors were certainly comfortably matching anything offered.
That continued following the break as the hosts began slowly and Jon Nurse soon struck inches wide from the edge of their area while Curtis Obeng could only reply from distance at Stack.
Manager Gary Mills responded with a couple of changes from the bench. But it was still his opponents taking the lead when substitute Hyde curled a shot between two defenders and via the hand of keeper Ingham and an upright with seventeen minutes remaining.
York were now in real trouble and might have expected better when being awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the area three minutes later. However. McGrath could only tamely hoist over the bar.
With Barnet suddenly reduced to nine-men following an unfortunate late collision, York pushed Smith into attack in a desperate late bid for an equaliser, which almost arrived when his header glanced the top of the crossbar during six minutes of added time.
York City: Ingham, Parslow, Smith, O'Connell, Fyfield, Obeng, Kerr (Everson 79), McGrath, Blair, Rankine (Walker 69), Chambers (Rodman 56)
subs (unused): Musselwhite, Allan, Potts, McLaughlin
Goals: Stephens OG (7)
Barnet: Stack, Fuller, Brown (Johnson 46), Stephens, N'Toko (Ngala 80), Byrne, Yiadom, Oster, Davids, Nurse, Beattie (Hyde 66)
subs (unused): Barnes, Kamdjo, Weston, Lopez
Goals: Yiadom (25), Hyde (73)
Ref: D. Coote (Nottinghamshire)
Att: 3,594 (311 Barnet)