GOALS in the final 13 minutes from James Hanson and Garry Thompson kept Bradford City’s play-off dreams alive at Bootham Crescent - while intensifying York’s relegation fears in the process.
After a nip-and-tuck first 77 minutes, Hanson broke the deadlock with a trademark header from Stephen Darby’s centre, with his powerful effort too strong for home keeper Michael Ingham, with the ball flying in between his legs before nestling in the net.
The Bantams sealed matters nine minutes later when sub Thompson latched onto a long punt forward as York pressed for an equaliser, keeping his cool to fire past Ingham in front of 2,028 travelling fans.
It was just Bradford’s second victory in the league since Boxing Day with York’s winless sequence extended to 11 games, with their only triumph of 2013 arriving on New Year’s Day against Burton.
York had their moments in their second half, but for all their neat build-up play, they latched punch and potency in the box with bulky striker Michael Rankine only brought on five minutes from time.
Before Hanson struck the opening goal, Blair went close when his effort was tipped away by Jon McLaughlin, while soon after Kyel Reid tested Ingham with a low shot before the unmarked Andrew Davies heading wastefully at Ingram following Gary Jones’ corner.
York City: Ingham; Oyebanjo, C Smith, O’Connell, Parslow; Rodman, Kerr, McGrath; Blair, Walker, Chambers. Substitutes: Musselwhite, Bullock, McDaid, Potts, Doig, Rankine, P McLaughlin.
Bradford City: J McLaughlin; Darby, Nelson, Davies, McHugh; Reid, Jones, Ravenhill, Atkinson; Wells, Hanson. Substitutes: Gray, Thompson, Duke, Connell, Hines, McArdle, Doyle.
Referee: A D’Urso (Billericay).
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