This time turning the clock back to March 2007 and jubilant York City supporters celebrating a supreme midweek 5-0 away victory.
This time turning the clock back to March 2007 and jubilant York City supporters celebrating a supreme midweek 5-0 away victory – and welcome return to form for an outstanding goalscorer.
York City boss Billy McEwan was full of praise following his side completely destroying a shell-shocked Cambridge United 5-0 at the Abbey Stadium.
Striker Clayton Donaldson led the way with a brilliant hat-trick, taking his overall tally for the season to twenty-three.
Fellow marksman Craig Farrell and on loan Chesterfield defender Janos Kovacs were similarly on target for the visitors.
Donaldson actually ended a seven-match goalless spell having not scored since the 5-0 home victory over Crawley Town back in January.
“He’s been through a barren spell like a lot of strikers do,” McEwan told The Press. “I remember the great Ian Rush suffering from one but that did not stop him working hard.
“The boy has been coming back to form in the last couple of games and I’m delighted for him and the team.”
There had been increasing concerns that Donaldson had lately become distracted having already signed a pre-contract agreement for a summer move to Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian.
“That’s football – you don’t know what’s around the corner,” McEwan continued. “It’s an experience and part of his development that he has got to learn from to move on to the next game.”
The fiesty Scot was also keen to highlight the rest of his players following their outstanding display leaving them third in the Nationwide Conference and seven points clear of sixth-placed Exeter City, who though still have a couple of games in hand.
“The build-up play was superb; the combination play excellent; and the finishing was different class,” he enthused. “Tom Evans was just a nightwatchman and a sweeper-keeper. We were scintillating at time and a real handful.”
First-half goals from strikers Farrell and Donaldson had seen the visitors well in-charge at the interval, before Hungarian-born centre-back Kovacs headed a third straight after the restart.
Donaldson then added two more to bring up his hat-trick and leave the celebrating travelling fans chanting “we want six!” during the closing exchanges.
Rewind Extra – March 2007