Barnet 3 York City 1: Gash opens up some old wounds for Wilcox

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MICHAEL Gash scored one and set up another to help condemn his old club York to a seventh league game without a win.

The Barnet striker, who netted just twice in his last 44 outings for the Minstermen before moving on in 2011, has resurrected his career at the Hive, having won the League Two Player of the Month award in September.

He released substitute John Akinde just before the hour mark for the opening goal and, after Michael Coulson had levelled, got on the scoresheet with a spectacular 25-yard strike.

Josh Clarke then netted on 90 minutes to seal a 3-1 triumph, which heralded renewed calls for manager Russ Wilcox’s dismissal from York fans, who had been appeased by the 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Doncaster and 1-1 draw at Luton.

The York chief, meanwhile, declined to defend his players, saying: “It was an unacceptable performance and there were some harsh words said.

“I feel for the fans because they paid good money to travel down and they got behind the team from the first to the last minute.”

Akinde raced through to open the scoring from Gash’s pass after defender John McCombe had misjudged Jamie Stephens’s goal-kick.

Coulson equalised on 80 minutes, firing firmly past Stephens from 20 yards.

Within two minutes, though, Gash drilled a low shot into Scott Flinders’s bottom-left corner before Clarke burst through to put the outcome beyond doubt.

Barnet: Stephens; Clarke, Nelson, N’Gala, Johnson; Yiadom, Weston (Togwell, 77), Champion, Gambin (Nwogu, 53); Gash, McLean (Akinde, 53). Unused substitutes: Hoyte, Muggleton, Stevens, McKenzie-Lyle.

York City: Flinders; Lowe, McCombe, Ilesanmi; McCoy, Collins, Penn (Sinclair, 9), Berrett, Straker; Oliver (Turner, 79), Coulson. Unused substitutes: Ingham, Winfield, Carson, Godfrey, Tutonda.

Referee: M Bull (Essex).

Man of the match: Michael Gash.