Wonder goals move Stevenage into play-off places

Adam Marriott

Adam Marriott - Credit: Archant

Match report and video highlights from Saturday’s win at York City in Sky Bet League 2

Two wonder goals moved Stevenage into the League 2 play-off places at York City on Saturday.

The first, finished off by Adam Marriott, was wonderful for the build up play, while the second, courtesy of Tom Pett, was spectacular for the pure execution of a strike from distance.

Not since Luke Freeman dazzled Bradford City with a stunning brace back in March have Stevenage left their fans open-mouthed with exhilaration from the sheer audacity of their finishing.

The victory itself was convincing – both sides had a similar number of chances, but many of the visitors’ efforts came when they were already two goals down – and the result means it is now six games without defeat for Graham Westley’s men Boro.

Pett, Chris Whelpdale and Dean Parrett had all gone close before Boro took the lead.

The ball was played up to Charlie Lee who juggled it four times in the air before passing to Whelpdale, and the winger then sent the ball straight back to Lee.

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The midfielder-turned-striker had his back to goal but volleyed the ball once to control it, then again to his right before turning and unleashing a spectacular shot off the underside of the bar.

All of this without the ball touching the floor – well, until it bounced back off the bar allowing Marriott to nod in the rebound with Bobby Olejnik stranded.

Both teams had chances early in the second period, but the game was put to bed by Pett’s 25-yard effort. on 64 minutes.

The winger’s effort followed a short corner routine on the left. Pett was in plenty of space when spotted by a team-mate, and after taking one touch and then a second he unleashed a wonderful strike into the top right corner for a third goal in four matches.

York’s Wes Fletcher, who scored twice in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, probably should have scored when put in on goal only for Boro’s Chris Day to save at close range.

Yet after Stevenage had taken the lead in the first half, this was a result that never really seemed in doubt.

York City: Olejnik, Halliday, McCombe, Lowe, Ilesanmi (Straker 56), Coulson, Summerfield, Penn, Carson (Meikle 68), Hyde, Fletcher (Morris 68). Subs: McCoy, Montrose, Winfield, Platt.

Stevenage: Day, Okimo, Henry, Wells, Charles, Whelpdale, Parrett, Walton, Pett, Marriott, Lee. Subs: Beasant, Dembele, Bond, Zola, Beardsley, Conlon, Deacon.

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