Boro's victory at York City
PUBLISHED: 14:41 11 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010
York City 0 Stevenage Boro 1 DAVE FLETT reports Boro jumped up four places in the Conference table after Jefferson Louis third goal in four games clinched a 1-0 victory at their fellow play-off hopefuls York City. Former Bristol Rovers and Oxford United
York City 0 Stevenage Boro 1
DAVE FLETT reports
Boro jumped up four places in the Conference table after Jefferson Louis' third goal in four games clinched a 1-0 victory at their fellow play-off hopefuls York City.
Former Bristol Rovers and Oxford United striker Louis' impressive start to his Boro career continued at KitKat Crescent, where his 21st minute header proved decisive and lifted Graham Westley's men up to third position.
His first-half effort was the visitors' only on target attempt of the game but was sufficient to take maximum points against a Minstermen team which offered little attacking threat themselves in a match of few chances.
The Broadhall Way boys forged ahead when Louis met Dannie Bulman's excellent right-wing cross with a powerful downward header that beat home keeper Chris Porter.
Prior to that moment, Boro had survived an early scare when an intricate four-man passing move by the home side had created a second minute chance for 14-goal top scorer Andy Bishop.
But the former Walsall striker failed to test Alan Julian with a shot that got stuck in the mud short of the Boro keeper's line and Barry Laker prevented Joe O'Neill from forcing the ball in at the far post.
Jon Nurse then went close at the other end with a shot that flashed across the face of goal before Louis broke the deadlock.
O'Neill drove wide from the edge of the box in response for York and Julian made a comfortable save from a tame Darren Dunning free-kick, while skipper Mark Hotte went close with a glancing header on the stroke of half time.
But Boro assumed full control after the interval with a weak Bishop close-range effort, just 30 seconds into the half, proving the home team's last shot of any description.
The visitors' midfield quartet of Bulman, Rob Quinn, Dino Maamria and George Boyd worked hard to nullify the threat of their three York counterparts and Westley's men produced a professional performance to protect their lead.
Sitting on a 1-0 advantage against a team who have only been beaten once in their previous Conference home outings this season, Boro felt little need for adventure although Bulman went close to adding a second on 68 minutes with a well-struck volley.
Boyd's finish was less impressive later in the game when he dragged a chance woefully wide from a promising position.
Afterwards, Stevenage boss Westley expressed his pleasure at moving into a play-off place and also signalled his intention to ensure the team capitalise fully on the 10-day break they have now been afforded until their next match - a home meeting with bottom club Southport.
He said: "I don't think it's ever too early to be high up in the table and now we have got a bit of work to do.
"We are 24 games in and are improving steadily.
"The team are looking organised and, if we work hard in the next 10 days, we will see the benefit in our next 18 matches.
"We were very strong against York and had the pace on the counterattack to cause them problems.
"Our back four were organised, the midfield was dogged and the forwards worked hard.
"They have got a good strikeforce and a good home record but they did not cause us many problems.