York City skipper Daniel Parslow glad to see back of FA Trophy goal ace Steve Morison (From York Press)
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York City skipper Daniel Parslow glad to see back of FA Trophy goal ace Steve Morison
YORK City skipper Daniel Parslow will be pleased to see the back of Stevenage goalscorer Steve Morison next season.
Morison scored his 32nd goal of the season – and his fourth of the campaign against City – to break the deadlock in Saturday’s 2-0 victory for the Hertfordshire outfit.
The former Northampton forward has been the scourge of most Blue Square Premier defences since arriving at Broadhall Way in 2006 and gave The Press Player of the Year Parslow a torrid time at Wembley, but he is now destined for pastures new with League One play-off semi-finalists Millwall favourites to capture his signature.
Parslow, for one, will welcome his departure.
The City captain said: “It’s disappointing as a centre-half when the centre-forward you come up against scores goals because you pride yourself on winning individual battles.
“It was just a bundle in the box but he’s a proven scorer at this level and he has a habit of being in the right place at the right time and they all count.
“He caused us a few problems. I felt I did okay playing against him but he’s clearly a very good centre-forward who I don’t think will be in the Blue Square Premier next season.
“There are a few clubs willing to snap him up. He was named man of the match and he probably deserved it. He seems to be the man for the big occasion and has come up with the goods again.”
Parslow admitted both goals were disappointingly conceded with Morison scoring from a corner and his striking partner Lee Boylan adding a second in stoppage time directly from a quickly-taken throw-in.
The former Welsh Under-21 international said: “We were told they were a big side who are decent from set-plays and their first goal was a bit sloppy. It took the wind out of our sails.
“We then threw bodies forward late on and were left a bit vulnerable at the back but you have to do that when you are in a final.
“I put the ball out for a throw-in, turned my back and, before I knew it, the ball had gone over my head and the lad was in.
“It sat up nicely for him and, to be fair, he finished it well but, by then, we were chasing the game.”
Parslow added the team had nothing to be ashamed of at the final whistle and argued the outcome might have been different had referee Michael Jones awarded a penalty for handball against Stevenage defender Michael Bostwick early in the second half.
He said: “We need to put the result into perspective and we can come away with our heads held high. We could have done a bit better maybe but we worked our socks off.
“Moments change matches and, at 0-0, we had a great shout for a penalty.
“It might be a bit unfair to say the result rested on that decision but it looked like a handball and I thought 2-0 flattered them.”
Parslow is now hoping the team can use Saturday’s Wembley trip as the springboard for an improved 2009/10 campaign.
He said: “It’s been a very tough season mentally and the Trophy has been a welcome distraction. We’ve done really well in the competition but could not find our consistency in the league.
“I think we’ve had good performances mixed with many bad ones. Going forward, I believe that being hard to beat and organised counts for a lot in this league and I thought we were both of those towards the end of the season.
“That’s something to build on and the manager will reflect on where he needs to strengthen. I’m sure there will be some new faces next season.
“Being in a relegation battle isn’t nice. York City should be at the opposite end of the table and that’s where we’ll hopefully aim to be next season.”