Only way is up for Minstermen after pulling clear of drop zone

YORK CITY manager Jackie McNamara is setting his sights on reeling in several teams above the Minstermen after his side moved out of the League Two relegation zone for the first time in 2016.

Jackie McNamara

A predatory brace from Middlesbrough loanee Bradley Fewster secured three priceless points for York in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over visiting Exeter City, as the Bootham Crescent side recorded back-to-back League Two wins – and three successive victories on home soil – for the first time in 10 months.

The dual triumphs against the Grecians and Notts County have had the combined effect of hauling York out of the bottom two, with the club making the most of a run of four home outings in five matches.

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Demanding no let-up, McNamara said: “It all looks a bit healthier, but I still want to catch the teams above us like Hartlepool and Stevenage now.

“Exeter was more of a hard-working performance. They caused us problems by overloading the midfield and are a good side, but we got all three points even though we know we can do better.”

New Rotherham United signing Jerome Thomas has revealed that he rejected interest from Asia and the USA to bolster the Millers’ survival bid.

Free agent winger Thomas, 32, who has previously worked with Millers chief Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace and during a short loan spell at Leeds United in 2012-13, said: “Initially, it looked as though I was going to the USA or Asia, but the opportunity arose to come and train here and to see if both parties were happy.

“The manager and Kevin (Blackwell) have come in and wanted to get the deal done, I have signed until the end of the season and we all share the same common objective which is to try and keep the club in the Championship.”