York City make it six wins in a row with Torquay triumph in Sky Bet League Two

York City's players celebrate Will Hayhurst's deflected winner against Torquay

York City's players celebrate Will Hayhurst's deflected winner against Torquay

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YORK City have now won six successive games at Football League level for the first time in 30 years.

Not since Denis Smith’s 1983/84 record breakers have the Minstermen enjoyed such a sequence of victories, outside of the Conference era, with Will Hayhurst’s deflected tenth-minute strike proving enough to defeat bottom-of-the-table Torquay.

It also helped consolidate the Minstermen’s place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off places with seven games of the season left.

With Josh Carson and Wes Fletcher both crocked, Ryan Jarvis was recalled for his first start since New Year’s Day and new striker Calvin Andrew was named on the bench.

Torquay created the earliest opportunities with right-winger Niall Thompson drilling a deflected effort into the sidenetting from an acute angle and Krystian Pearce heading over from an inswinging Kevin Nicholson free kick.

But the bottom-of-the-table visitors fell behind in unfortunate circumstances following City’s first attempt of the night.

From Lanre Oyebanjo’s throw-in, Hayhurst drove for goal from 20 yards and the ball deflected into a helpless Martin Rice’s bottom left-hand corner after centre-back Aaron Downes had stretched out a leg.

Moments later, Adam Reed fired narrowly over from the edge of the box after a positive right-wing raid by Oyebanjo and Ryan Bowman dragged a chance wide from a similar distance after strong play by Michael Coulson.

Keith Lowe also stabbed wide at the far post following a corner by Hayhurst, who went on to have a curling shot from distance caught by Rice.

At the other end, Ben Harding rose highest at the near post to meet a Billy Bodin flag kick but comfortably cleared the crossbar.

Towering striker Enoch Showunmi went much closer, though, on 38 minutes, heading inches over from another Bodin corner and Nick Pope was then called on to make a fine save low down to his right to keep out Lee Mansell’s free kick after Reed had fouled Elliott Benyon just outside the penalty box.

City were back in the ascendancy at the start of the second half with Coulson shooting wide of Rice’s near post following a Davies throw-in.

Coulson and Jarvis also combined to send Reed clear through the left channel but his rising drive was kept out at the near post by Rice.

Shortly afterwards, Penn headed off target from Reed’s corner before Hayhurst shot wastefully over with his weaker right foot after finding himself with only Rice to beat following a Nicholson error.

Just before the hour, Hayhurst shot wide with a 15-yard half-volley and Oyebanjo drove narrowly over with his left foot after a strong diagonal run to the edge of the box.

Torquay refused to surrender, however, with a firm 25-yard drive by Bodin well gathered by Pope, who was also equal to a curling Nicholson free kick.

The on-loan Charlton keeper later needed to be alert to palm over an Anthony O’Connor striker before catching Downes’ header from a Bodin free kick.

Torquay’s last chance then saw Bodin volley wide from the edge of the box in the third minute of stoppage time before the final whistle was greeted with rapturous applause from a relieved home crowd.


Match facts

York City 1 (Hayhurst 10), Torquay 0

York City
Nick Pope 8
Lanre Oyebanjo (Star man) 8
Keith Lowe 7
John McCombe 7
Ben Davies 8
Ryan Jarvis 7
Russell Penn 8
Adam Reed 8
Will Hayhurst 7
Michael Coulson 7
Ryan Bowman 7

Subs: Calvin Andrew for Jarvis 80, Tom Platt for Hayhurst 90. Subs not used: David McGurk, Lewis Montrose, Michael Ingham, Chris Dickinson, Sander Puri.

Torquay United
Martin Rice, Anthony O’Connor, Krystian Pearce, Aaron Downes, Kevin Nicholson, Niall Thompson, Lee Mansell, Ben Harding, Billy Bodin, Enoch Showumni (Jayden Stockley 70), Elliot Benyon (Ashley Yeoman 65). Subs not used: Michael Poke, Dale Tonge, Damon Lathrope, Karl Hawley, Nathan Craig.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tynemouth).

Booked: Downes 19, Davies 62. Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,416 (119 Gulls fans).

Shots on target: City 3, Gulls 5.

Shots off target: City 9, Gulls 6.

Corners: City 5, Gulls 9.

Fouls conceded: City 8, Gulls 11.

Offsides: City 1, Gulls 1.

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11:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ian923 says...

Couldn't,t make it tonight but well done lads. Sets us up nicely for Burton on Saturday. The strengthening of the defence seems to have instilled confidence throughout the team. NW has done a job job and will continue to do so I feel sure. I expected consolidation this season but my expectations have been exceeded already and if we are in the play offs at the end of the season it can be considered a bonus- and anything could happen.Coyr.
Couldn't,t make it tonight but well done lads. Sets us up nicely for Burton on Saturday. The strengthening of the defence seems to have instilled confidence throughout the team. NW has done a job job and will continue to do so I feel sure. I expected consolidation this season but my expectations have been exceeded already and if we are in the play offs at the end of the season it can be considered a bonus- and anything could happen.Coyr. ian923
  • Score: 7

11:41pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Yttrium says...

I wonder if these last two games are evidence of a side whose form is perhaps rolling over, or of a side who can win when not playing at their absolute best. I hope, of course, it's the latter, but I can cope with the former; a play off challenge was at the positive extreme of my expectations this season and would be a pleasant bonus.

There have been two events this week that have given me cause to think about the wider picture at the club, and the progress we have made. Our win at Portsmouth last weekend came at a venue where, less than five and a half years ago, AC Milan got an injury time equaliser in the UEFA Cup. Our meeting was a result of them falling further than we have risen in terms of league places, but if you consider that less than a week before that game, we sacked Colin Walker, I think it's fair to say that we have made huge progress since that time.

The second event was the crisis at Hereford, which claimed Walker's replacement. At the time, I thought Foyle was hounded out of City, and was rather pessimistic about the future, but I was entirely wrong and happily so. However, just as there's no doubt that Worthington has built further on Mills' work, the same is true of Mills and Foyle. Looking at Hereford, who knows what may have become of City without the Wembley appearances, the FA Cup 3rd rounds and the transformation of Brodie and subsequent transfer fee that Foyle achieved.

That the club is here and prospering is testament to the decisions and support of the directors and managers we've had since Pompey played Milan, the vast majority of players who have had the privilege of playing for us, and to the supporters who carried on during the trips to Stafford, Droylsden and the like (being stranded in the Deep South, I cannot for one minute claim to be one). The near-relegation season of 08/09 can stand as a reference point should we feel disappointed if we don't end up in the top 7.
I wonder if these last two games are evidence of a side whose form is perhaps rolling over, or of a side who can win when not playing at their absolute best. I hope, of course, it's the latter, but I can cope with the former; a play off challenge was at the positive extreme of my expectations this season and would be a pleasant bonus. There have been two events this week that have given me cause to think about the wider picture at the club, and the progress we have made. Our win at Portsmouth last weekend came at a venue where, less than five and a half years ago, AC Milan got an injury time equaliser in the UEFA Cup. Our meeting was a result of them falling further than we have risen in terms of league places, but if you consider that less than a week before that game, we sacked Colin Walker, I think it's fair to say that we have made huge progress since that time. The second event was the crisis at Hereford, which claimed Walker's replacement. At the time, I thought Foyle was hounded out of City, and was rather pessimistic about the future, but I was entirely wrong and happily so. However, just as there's no doubt that Worthington has built further on Mills' work, the same is true of Mills and Foyle. Looking at Hereford, who knows what may have become of City without the Wembley appearances, the FA Cup 3rd rounds and the transformation of Brodie and subsequent transfer fee that Foyle achieved. That the club is here and prospering is testament to the decisions and support of the directors and managers we've had since Pompey played Milan, the vast majority of players who have had the privilege of playing for us, and to the supporters who carried on during the trips to Stafford, Droylsden and the like (being stranded in the Deep South, I cannot for one minute claim to be one). The near-relegation season of 08/09 can stand as a reference point should we feel disappointed if we don't end up in the top 7. Yttrium
  • Score: 68

12:07am Wed 26 Mar 14

pip007 says...

Yttrium wrote:
I wonder if these last two games are evidence of a side whose form is perhaps rolling over, or of a side who can win when not playing at their absolute best. I hope, of course, it's the latter, but I can cope with the former; a play off challenge was at the positive extreme of my expectations this season and would be a pleasant bonus.

There have been two events this week that have given me cause to think about the wider picture at the club, and the progress we have made. Our win at Portsmouth last weekend came at a venue where, less than five and a half years ago, AC Milan got an injury time equaliser in the UEFA Cup. Our meeting was a result of them falling further than we have risen in terms of league places, but if you consider that less than a week before that game, we sacked Colin Walker, I think it's fair to say that we have made huge progress since that time.

The second event was the crisis at Hereford, which claimed Walker's replacement. At the time, I thought Foyle was hounded out of City, and was rather pessimistic about the future, but I was entirely wrong and happily so. However, just as there's no doubt that Worthington has built further on Mills' work, the same is true of Mills and Foyle. Looking at Hereford, who knows what may have become of City without the Wembley appearances, the FA Cup 3rd rounds and the transformation of Brodie and subsequent transfer fee that Foyle achieved.

That the club is here and prospering is testament to the decisions and support of the directors and managers we've had since Pompey played Milan, the vast majority of players who have had the privilege of playing for us, and to the supporters who carried on during the trips to Stafford, Droylsden and the like (being stranded in the Deep South, I cannot for one minute claim to be one). The near-relegation season of 08/09 can stand as a reference point should we feel disappointed if we don't end up in the top 7.
Very interesting post. You put some thought into that. Appreciated. Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Yttrium[/bold] wrote: I wonder if these last two games are evidence of a side whose form is perhaps rolling over, or of a side who can win when not playing at their absolute best. I hope, of course, it's the latter, but I can cope with the former; a play off challenge was at the positive extreme of my expectations this season and would be a pleasant bonus. There have been two events this week that have given me cause to think about the wider picture at the club, and the progress we have made. Our win at Portsmouth last weekend came at a venue where, less than five and a half years ago, AC Milan got an injury time equaliser in the UEFA Cup. Our meeting was a result of them falling further than we have risen in terms of league places, but if you consider that less than a week before that game, we sacked Colin Walker, I think it's fair to say that we have made huge progress since that time. The second event was the crisis at Hereford, which claimed Walker's replacement. At the time, I thought Foyle was hounded out of City, and was rather pessimistic about the future, but I was entirely wrong and happily so. However, just as there's no doubt that Worthington has built further on Mills' work, the same is true of Mills and Foyle. Looking at Hereford, who knows what may have become of City without the Wembley appearances, the FA Cup 3rd rounds and the transformation of Brodie and subsequent transfer fee that Foyle achieved. That the club is here and prospering is testament to the decisions and support of the directors and managers we've had since Pompey played Milan, the vast majority of players who have had the privilege of playing for us, and to the supporters who carried on during the trips to Stafford, Droylsden and the like (being stranded in the Deep South, I cannot for one minute claim to be one). The near-relegation season of 08/09 can stand as a reference point should we feel disappointed if we don't end up in the top 7.[/p][/quote]Very interesting post. You put some thought into that. Appreciated. Thanks. pip007
  • Score: 24

12:22am Wed 26 Mar 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

How about City having two managers? We need someone to do August through to December, and Nigel Worthington to step in from January until the end of the season! We'd be World beaters!
How about City having two managers? We need someone to do August through to December, and Nigel Worthington to step in from January until the end of the season! We'd be World beaters! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 34

8:57am Wed 26 Mar 14

A Bottom says...

I'm happy and I'm clapping!!!
I'm happy and I'm clapping!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 5

9:36am Wed 26 Mar 14

oscarz says...

Onwards and upwards to Wembley again! it can be done we are the form team so self belief and the backing of the City faithful should go a long way in taking us there.
Onwards and upwards to Wembley again! it can be done we are the form team so self belief and the backing of the City faithful should go a long way in taking us there. oscarz
  • Score: 0

10:01am Wed 26 Mar 14

zombardo says...

Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team?

Well done City, COYR
Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team? Well done City, COYR zombardo
  • Score: 21

11:03am Wed 26 Mar 14

A Bottom says...

zombardo wrote:
Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team?

Well done City, COYR
Could n"t agree more!!!
[quote][p][bold]zombardo[/bold] wrote: Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team? Well done City, COYR[/p][/quote]Could n"t agree more!!! A Bottom
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Wed 26 Mar 14

YorkCityLuke says...

A Bottom wrote:
zombardo wrote:
Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team?

Well done City, COYR
Could n"t agree more!!!
To be fair, there are 22 posts on the more recent story.
[quote][p][bold]A Bottom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zombardo[/bold] wrote: Says it all that we win our sixth game in a row and the next day there are only six comments. When we lost there would be 30+ by now. To those who used to whine after every result - what's wrong with taking the time to congratulate the team? Well done City, COYR[/p][/quote]Could n"t agree more!!![/p][/quote]To be fair, there are 22 posts on the more recent story. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Wed 26 Mar 14

PositiveFootball says...

Good post Yttrium. When you think of how much this club has gone through over the years. Managers, players, chairmen, good times, bad times come and go. The one constant is the passion of loyal fans who thoroughly deserve this outstanding run.

Now - bring on the Brewers!
Good post Yttrium. When you think of how much this club has gone through over the years. Managers, players, chairmen, good times, bad times come and go. The one constant is the passion of loyal fans who thoroughly deserve this outstanding run. Now - bring on the Brewers! PositiveFootball
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SbragiaIsOurHero says...

Very well said Yttrium. Unlike a lot of posters on here, you recognise that it's not about loving or hating Foyle/ Mills/ Worthington. It's about giving credit where credit's due and all three the managers mentioned have played a significant part to the revival of our proud club. CTID!
Very well said Yttrium. Unlike a lot of posters on here, you recognise that it's not about loving or hating Foyle/ Mills/ Worthington. It's about giving credit where credit's due and all three the managers mentioned have played a significant part to the revival of our proud club. CTID! SbragiaIsOurHero
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

sb72 says...

Thanks Yttrium - one of the best posts I have read on here for some time.
Thanks Yttrium - one of the best posts I have read on here for some time. sb72
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Peppa07 says...

Thanks Ytrium - excellent post. Couldn't agree more.
Thanks Ytrium - excellent post. Couldn't agree more. Peppa07
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Wed 26 Mar 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football.

Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.
While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football. Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Wed 26 Mar 14

openallhours says...

I said back in December that in my view, Worthington was the best manager we'd had since Dennis Smith... thanks for proving me right Nigel (again).
I said back in December that in my view, Worthington was the best manager we'd had since Dennis Smith... thanks for proving me right Nigel (again). openallhours
  • Score: -8

1:20am Thu 27 Mar 14

dbrs88 says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football.

Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.
If you read the Torquay reports it says we're should of won by more... But agree anything from here us an unexpected but well deserved and welcome bonus. Credit to NW and the players for putting a shift in, and like yttrium says adding to such a rich and interest history of what is surely the best team in the world. COYR. 3pts against burton please to really stamp our authority on 7th place. #eatsleepwinreapeat #ontothenext
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football. Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.[/p][/quote]If you read the Torquay reports it says we're should of won by more... But agree anything from here us an unexpected but well deserved and welcome bonus. Credit to NW and the players for putting a shift in, and like yttrium says adding to such a rich and interest history of what is surely the best team in the world. COYR. 3pts against burton please to really stamp our authority on 7th place. #eatsleepwinreapeat #ontothenext dbrs88
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Boyer for England says...

North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football.

Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.
10th or 11th is failure now ! If we keep winning automatic promotion is possible never mind the play-offs. Hopefully Scunny will have been on the champers week before we play them.
[quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football. Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.[/p][/quote]10th or 11th is failure now ! If we keep winning automatic promotion is possible never mind the play-offs. Hopefully Scunny will have been on the champers week before we play them. Boyer for England
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

openallhours says...

Boyer for England wrote:
North Lincs Minsterman wrote:
While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football.

Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.
10th or 11th is failure now ! If we keep winning automatic promotion is possible never mind the play-offs. Hopefully Scunny will have been on the champers week before we play them.
Why would 10th be failure? Most posters on here wanted Worthington sacked a few weeks ago. The whole aim of this season was to steady the club and preserve our league status. It's job done as far as I'm concerned, and anything else will be a bonus.
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North Lincs Minsterman[/bold] wrote: While delighted at City's win last night I felt bit sorry for Torquay who dominated the game for long periods and showed more ideas than either Mansfield and Portsmouth combined. Shows how important confidence, or the lack of it, is in football. Like many I would have bitten yor hand off at the start of te season if you had offered me 10th or 11th place; anything higher is a real bonus.[/p][/quote]10th or 11th is failure now ! If we keep winning automatic promotion is possible never mind the play-offs. Hopefully Scunny will have been on the champers week before we play them.[/p][/quote]Why would 10th be failure? Most posters on here wanted Worthington sacked a few weeks ago. The whole aim of this season was to steady the club and preserve our league status. It's job done as far as I'm concerned, and anything else will be a bonus. openallhours
  • Score: -2

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