York City 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2: Coulson hits home deserved leveller for Minstermen

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IN-FORM striker Michael Coulson popped up with a 79th-minute equaliser to relieve some of the pressure on underfire York City boss Russ Wilcox.

Coulson netted spectacularly from the edge of the box to earn the Minstermen a deserved draw against fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge.

It represented a spirited finish to the game by York that suggested the team are fully behind Wilcox.

Dagenham had earlier cancelled out Vadaine Oliver’s 14th-minute goal with efforts from Ashley Hemmings and Jamie Cureton.

Oliver missed an early chance for York when he steered his ten-yard shot wide after a series of ricochets saw the ball fall to him.

But the former Sheffield Wednesday academy graduate made no mistake on 14 minutes when he tapped in to give the hosts the lead.

Dagenham were back on terms, though, when the Minstermen were caught napping on the counter-attack.

Veteran striker Cureton released Hemmings, who blasted a low shot inside Scott Flinders’s near post. Cureton put the visitors ahead in the 56th minute ahead of Coulson’s superb leveller with just over 10 minutes remaining.

York City: Flinders; McCoy, Winfield, McCombe, Ilesanmi; Nolan (Turner, 65), Collins, Berrett; Coulson, Oliver, Straker (Carson, 73). Unused substitutes: Ingham, Godfrey, Tutonda, Sinclair, Lowe.

Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien (Cousins, 84); Passley, Nosworthy, Pask, Hoyte; Sutherland, Boucaud (Labadie, 88), Ferdinand, Hemmings; Chambers, Cureton (McClure, 81). Unused substitutes: Connors, Labadie, Dikamona, McClure, Jones, Raymond, Cousins.

Referee: Chris Sarginson