Date: 10th December 2016 at 5:05pm
Written by: Vital York City

Gary Mills was finally able to celebrate his first victory since returning to the club after an FA Trophy first round 3-1 win against mid-table National League North outfit Worcester City at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen were boosted by an own-goal from Graham Hutchison and Jon Parkin’s first since rejoining last week, although substitute Junior English replied with sixteen minutes remaining.

But newcomer Rhys Murphy earned a late penalty which he converted to finally end more than three long months and eighteen games without a victory.

There was just a single change from the unfortunate late defeat at Tranmere Rovers with on loan defender Aarran Racine replacing skipper Simon Heslop, whose partner had gone into labour. Sean Newton took over the armband.

Fellow loanee Murphy was declared as available following a midweek virus and therefore continued his partnership in attack with Parkin, although there was still no appearance for Simon Lappin. Former Worcester forward Daniel Nti was included on the bench.

The visitors were without veteran one-time Premier League striker Lee Hughes, now forty years of age.

Struggling York found themselves in front inside three minutes when Shaun Rooney returned Newton’s whipped cross and Murphy touched on for defender Hutchison to divert into his own net.

That was added to just over ten minutes later with Murphy back-heeling Danny Holmes’ forward ball and Parkin smashing in from inside the area.

Goalscorer Parkin soon knocked down Racine’s delivery for Holmes to slice harmlessly wide before the visitors lost striker Colby Bishop on a stretcher with a suspected leg injury.

Home defender Matt Fry headed over from a Holmes corner while Yan Klukowski covered well after newcomer Racine misplaced a pass, with Newton hoisting over following more decent work between Parkin and Murphy during first-half added time.

But there was still enough time remaining for Kyle Letheren to turn over Tyler Weir’s twenty-yard effort in the final act of the opening period.

Worcester substitute Jordan Murphy forced a routine gather for Letheren upon the restart after Adriano Moke’s slip before debutant Racine was the first player cautioned for a late challenge.

Alex Whittle saw an attempt deflected behind following more clever approach work and Holmes was only denied by Ethan Ross from the resultant corner, with Fry heading towards the keeper from an immediate second one.

Ross then reacted well to keep out Holmes after the ball looped high into the air before his later cross was headed into the ground by Murphy and the keeper again collected.

Dangerous returning striker Parkin soon glanced another Holmes delivery at a grateful Ross and also headed over after Aidan Connolly had been brought into the action.

However, it was the visitors suddenly reducing the deficit with sixteen minutes remaining with unmarked substitute English allowed to head in fellow replacement Murphy’s cross

York striker Murphy responded by breaking in the opposite direction and having an effort deflect into Ross’ arms, while Micah Evans proved wide from distance for the revitalised part-timers.

But their opponents were to finally secure a long-awaited victory with Murphy converting an 87th minute penalty after seizing upon Parkin’s flick and being fouled by Tom Sharpe inside the area.

York City: Letheren, Racine, Klukowski, Fry, Rooney, Holmes (Connolly 68), Moke, Newton, Whittle, Murphy, Parkin

subs (unused): Nti, Woodland, Rzonca, McDaid

Goals: Hutchison OG (3), Parkin (14), Murphy (pen 87)

Worcester City: Ross, Gallinagh (English 56), Weir, Sharpe, Hutchison, Jackman, Evans, J. Keane, Bishop (Murphy 28), Nelson-Addy (Craig 67), C. Keane

subs (unused): Draper, Hughes

Goals: English (74)

Ref: S. Barrow

Att: 1,033 (82 Worcester)