Bristol Rovers 3 York City 3: Late strike from Fletcher enables York to clinch replay back home

Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington

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BATTLING York City led twice but were forced to come from behind as this FA Cup classic went the distance.

Both clubs entertained in a six-goal thriller and will now have to face each other again in a midweek replay to decide who will progress to the second round.

First-half goals from Ryan Jarvis and Josh Carson gave the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead, with Elliot Richards having equalised.

Substitute Matt Harrold levelled just before the hour mark and Preston loan striker Chris Beardsley put the home side ahead.

But a mistake from goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall cost the Pirates dear as substitute Wes Fletcher pounced four minutes from time to force a replay.

Jarvis put the visitors ahead when he poked home from close-range after 35 minutes.

But within two minutes Richards equalised for Rovers, pouncing from close-range.

However, it wasn’t long before Nigel Worthington’s team had regained their lead courtesy of a stunning strike from Carson, letting fly with a 30-yard thunderbolt into the top left corner.

In a first half they dominated, Jarvis had seen a shot charged down and Daniel Parslow rifled agonisingly wide.

As York went in search of a third goal after the break they were hit with a sucker-punch when substitute Harold struck having been on the pitch for less than a minute.

Harold then teed up Clarke, but his team-mate dragged a right-foot shot wide of the upright.

Bearnsley pounced to fire Rovers ahead for the first time, but Fletcher had the final say with his goal at the death.

Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall; Smith, Lockyer, Parkes, Brown; Santos, Clucas, Norburn (Harrold 58), Clarke, Richards; Beardsley (Brunt 84). Unused substitutes: Gough, Clarkson, Harrison, Keary, Southway.

York City: Ingham; Onyebanjo, Smith, Parslow, Fyfield; Carson, Platt, Whitehouse, Puri (Brobbel 54); Jarvis (Fletcher 74), Bowman (Cresswell 88). Unused substitutes: Kettings, Clay, Chambers, Allan.

Referee: T Kettle (Rutland).

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