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York City 1
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 9th April 2016
Football League Two

Matt Bloomfield snatched a late goal as Wanderers took a point from a 1-1 draw at one-from-bottom placed York City. The result left Gareth Ainsworth's side a place outside the play-off slots after Wimbledon took advantage of Wycombe's dropped points' with a 2-1 victory at a faltering Plymouth Argyle side.

The stalemate, at what is likely to be Wanderers final visit to Bootham Crescent before the Minstermen move home, came after Ainsworth made three changes to the side that lost at home to Wimbledon the previous Saturday - Sido Jombati coming in at left-back to replace the injured Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean returning to midfield after his three match ban in favour of Bloomfield, plus Rowan Liburd preferred up front to Gary Thompson.

York could have taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Wanderers midfield and defence was breached but Allsop came to the rescue to dive to his left to push away Lewis Alessandra's effort from just inside the box. Wycombe fell behind in the 35th minute when Alessandra turned in midfield before playing the ball down the right channel for Vadaine Oliver to skip into the box and angle the ball past Allsop from around 12 yards. Ryan Allsop made a good save to deny Luke Summerfield's shot on 39 minutes, while Liburd headed off the line two minutes before the break.

Wanderers showed an improvement in the second-half and nearly levelled when City's Scott Bennett went close to heading into his own net from Liburd's cross from the right. Allsop denied another long range effort from Summerfield on 49 minutes as the hosts attempted to rescue their rapidly fading chance of Football League survival.

However, City, without a win since 16 February 2016, would always have been wary of Wycombe's counters. A double substitution on 74 minutes finally gave Wanderers the initiative to steal a point - Bloomfield and Ryan Sellars coming on for Stephen McGinn and Jerell Sellars. City were finally made to pay for their earlier missed chances Anthony Stewart's shot in the 88th minute was parried by Scott Flinders in the home goal only for Bloomfield to dive in bravely and head home (injuring his arm in the process). The most unlikely of victories then nearly came Wycombe's way in the third minute of stoppage time when Flinders did well to keep out Michael Harriman's left footed shot.

Wanderers now have two home games, Barnet (Saturday 16th April), then Yeovil Town (Tuesday 19th April), for the chance to claw their way back into the promotion race.
Full-time - York 1 Wycombe 1
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Pierre, Jombati, McGinn (sub 74 Bloomfield), Bean, Harriman, Sellars (sub 74 Sellers), Liburd (sub 65 Thompson), Hayes - subs not used: Siegrist, Kretzschmar, Ugwu
Scorers: Bloomfield 88
Bookings: Jombati 83
York City: Flinders; Hendrie, Winfiled, Bennett, Cameron (sub 88 Carson), Berrett, Summerfield, Fewster, Oliver (sub 74 Galbraith), Allessandra - subs not used: Riordan, Hyde, Thompson, Ingham, McEvoy
Scorers: Oliver 35
Bookings: Berrett 69, Alessandra 83
Referee: Mr Eddie Ilderton Attendance: 2,864 (away 305)

Gareth AinsworthSpeaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I am pleased with the point. We watched Leyton Orient against York last week and York were the better team. York really put up a fight today and they are not in their current position through performances like today. We are pleased to get the point and it keeps us in the hunt [for the play-offs]."

Ainsworth added: "York have really given us a good game today and they have had some good chances to put the game to bed. It is about goalscorers again. Chances wise we both created a similar amount. We have both had the same amount of crosses and corners, the difference was hitting the target. I think we hit the target two or three times and one went in which is great, but we need to hit the target more."

The Wycombe boss also revealed that the equalising goal from Matt Bloomfield came at a cost. "I think thatís [Matt Bloomfield's] first goal of the season, so it is a good moment for him. I am just worried about his arm and he took a really nasty kick, ironically, from his mate Dave Winfield. Aaron Pierre picked up a nasty injury in the second half. People wonít know that Jason McCarthy is carrying a massive dead leg from the first minute. You donít often see him limping around, he is usually one of the fittest."


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