Stevenage Borough 2 York City 2

Last updated : 08 January 2005 By Footymad Previewer
Play-off challengers Stevenage were forced to make do with a point as struggling York held on for a draw at Broadhall Way.

York began this contest in impressive form however, and after taking the game to Stevenage took a deserved lead in the 24th minute. Andy Bishop was the creator when he fired in a free-kick which beat Stevenage keeper Lee Farrow and cannoned back off the crossbar allowing Paul Robinson to apply the finishing touch from close range.

Stevenage had the perfect reply though and just two minutes later were back on level terms when a pinpoint cross from the right by Jon Brady was headed powerfully home by the dangerous Anthony Elding.

Stevenage also had the ball back in the net soon after but the effort was disallowed by a foul and it was York who took advantage of their good fortune when they retook the lead in the 34th minute when Byron Webster neatly turned in the box and shot low into the back of the net.

Borough began the second half with an increased work rate and they took the game to the visitors with Simon Weatherstone and George Boyd both going close with goalbound efforts.

Stevenage finally grabbed the equaliser that their pressured deserved and it was Elding who was on target for his second when he lashed the ball in from close range just 11 minutes from time after York failed to clear a cross into the area.

With the visitors firmly on the defensive Stevenage almost snatched all three points when Dannie Bulman and Mark Rogers forced close-range saves from York keeper Chris Porter who kept out the home side to earn the visitors a deserved point.