MATCH REPORT: York City 2 Hartlepool United 1

ON TARGET: Adam Boyd
ON TARGET: Adam Boyd

HARTLEPOOL United conceded in stoppage time to go down to a 2-1 defeat at York City.

It had looked like Adam Boyd had rescued a draw when he levelled late in the game, but Jamal Fyfield pounced in the first minute of stoppage time to win it for the Conference outfit.

A dull start to the friendly saw neither side trouble the goalkeeper until Colin Larkin’s cross inadvertently looped towards the top corner only to be palmed over by a backpedalling Michael Ingham on 29 minutes.

At the other end Scott Flinders’ scuffed clearance landed at the feet of York midfielder Matty Blair but he couldn’t take advantage with the goal gaping.

Nathan Luscombe was again at the heart of all the good attacking intent and he was involved in the move which led to James Poole curling inches wide on 34 minutes.

Larkin then crossed for strike partner Colin Nish to head wide before former Pools trialist Paddy McLaughlin volleyed narrowly over before the break.

Wadsworth made five changes during the interval and it was one of those substitutes, James Brown, who sprung Antony Sweeney clear just before the hour mark.

Last season’s top scorer raced through on goal but before he could get his shot away he was crowded out by two recovering defenders on the chance was gone.

York eventually found a breakthrough on 70 minutes as former Leicester City winger Ashley Chambers hammered a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Pools sought parity and Boyd went close with one half volley before applying a hooked finish to Nobby Solano’s long throw eight minutes from time.

But there was to be a late twist in the tale and Fyfield seized on the scraps from a James Meredith corner to smash home from point-blank range.

Read a full report and reaction in Monday’s Mail