Date: 1st January 2018 at 9:26pm
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Assistant manager Dave Penney felt that leading goalscorer Jon Parkin should really have been celebrating a second consecutive hat-trick against North Ferriby United.

The prolific 36-year-old added another brace to raise his overall tally for the season to twenty-three while also having another effort ruled out by an overeager official. That instead witnessed the visitors having Jake Skelton sent-off for fouling the big front-man.

Promotion hopefuls York had earlier struggled to make the initial breakthrough against bottom-of-the-table opponents they already comfortably accounted for on Boxing Day.

“They came and frustrated us,” Penney told BBC Radio York. “Obviously they saw what happened on Boxing Day and they’ve gone a little bit tighter and sat a little bit deeper – and at times is was difficult to break them down.

“Having said that, some of the refereeing decisions we saw leave a lot to be desired,” he continued. “I think the kid [ Skelton] could probably have got sent-off in the first minute. We went through on goal and I don’t think he got booked or anything was said to him.

“And obviously Jon [Parkin], if he [the referee] delays his whistle a second and it’s a goal – and denied him a hat-trick. Jon scores and he doesn’t have to send the kid off, so it’s a bad refereeing decision

“But we got six points, that’s what we wanted over the period and get ready now for Saturday again [at Darlington]. The clean-sheet is great for the back four and for the whole team.

“We’d like a bit more penetration,” Penney insisted. “It’s alright having possession in our third but we didn’t really penetrate enough, although I thought the keeper was the best player for them and made some good saves.

“Young Aidan [Connolly] should score when he’s going through and obviously Jon’s got one disallowed. And there’s a couple of chances when we should probably have done better – or is it a good save from the keeper? I don’t know.

“A clean-sheet’s massive,” he added. “Obviously the three points is the big thing as well.”

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