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York 1-2 Notts

Trialist Bird bags late winner

29 July 2017

Notts County secured an injury-time victory over York City at Bootham Crescent.

Notts had taken the lead late in the first half through new signing Liam Walker but Jon Parkin levelled the scores from the penalty spot.

It looked like the game was destined for stalemate but trialist defender Pierce Bird nodded the ball home at the death to hand the Magpies victory.

Notts had Ross Fitzsimons, who signed earlier this week, to thank for keeping the scores level on 21 minutes when he made an excellent save to deny Amari Morgan-Smith.

The visitors had controlled the majority of the half but were struggling to break their stubborn opponents down.

That changed seconds before the interval, however, when Walker's well-struck long-range effort crashed off the base of the post on its way into the back of the net.

Liam Walker celebrates after opening the scoring

After the interval, Notts came agonisingly close to doubling their lead twice in quick succession. Bird's glancing header came back off the crossbar and Hollis was unfortunate to also find the woodwork on the follow-up.

Notts were piling on the pressure and it looked like only a matter of time before they would extend their lead.

Jorge Grant fires an effort goalwards

But, instead, York made the next breakthrough after Fitzsimons brought substitute Michael Rankine down in the area. Veteran striker Parkin made no mistake from the spot.

Parkin nearly won it for the Minstermen when he backheeled the ball against the post from six yards.

But, in the first of two added minutes, Bird met Walker's excellent corner with a strong header to hand Notts the win.

Bird celebrates his winner

Notts: Fitzsimons, Hunt (T), Bird (T), Hollis, Dickinson, Hawkridge, Lecygne (T), Walker, Grant, Alessandra, Ameobi (C)

Subs: Hall (GK), Dearle, Osborne, Saunders


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