Jason Walker's second-half goal ensured York City beat Cambridge United to move up to fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men before the break when Ben Gibson saw red for a foul on Jonathon Thorpe.

But the Minstermen took the lead in the second half when Walker fired past Cambridge keeper Danny Naisbitt from the edge of the area.

Michael Potts should have doubled York's lead but his effort went wide.

The win means City move one point above Kidderminster Harriers and three clear of Luton.

VIEWS FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Cambridge United manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"The sending off killed us more than it did them probably.

"All frailties are exposed because we've got the ball, we've got to break them down and we've got to be quick enough to do so.

"Let's be honest, in the second half we lacked intelligence, quality, tempo - pretty much everything we needed. It's a shame because for 40 minutes, 11 against 11, we've matched and done well against a team who are in the play-off positions.

"That's all going to be forgotten because of our inability to deal with them going down to 10 men."

York City manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York:

"So much comes with this result tonight. We knew that.

"We don't go mad about it and put added pressure on anybody but we knew a result here tonight would be absolutely unbelievable for us for a lot of reasons.

"We raised our voices at half-time. We wanted it bad tonight and we weren't going to let a decision that we think is wrong get to us.

"Sometimes decisions like that inspire you to go on and give you that bit of strength to go and achieve what you want to achieve.

"That tonight has given us that little bit more belief we can go and do it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Naisbitt
  • 03 Jennings Booked
  • 12 McAuley
  • 25 Hudson
  • 27 Thorpe (Eades - 46' )
  • 06 Shaw Booked (Brighton - 81' )
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 18 Berry
  • 23 Pell
  • 09 Gash
  • 17 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 30 Ambrusics
  • 24 Corker
  • 29 Brighton
  • 26 Eades
  • 31 Hurst

York

  • 01 Musselwhite
  • 02 Oyebanjo (Potts - 60' )
  • 03 Meredith Booked
  • 04 Smith
  • 23 Doig (Parslow - 19' )
  • 27 Gibson Dismissed
  • 17 Blair
  • 20 Challinor
  • 26 McLaughlin
  • 09 Walker (Blinkhorn - 90' )
  • 10 Chambers

Substitutes

  • 06 Parslow
  • 14 Potts
  • 15 Tonne
  • 07 Reed
  • 21 Blinkhorn
Ref: Bull
Att: 2,211

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

3 3

Corners

7 6

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:27 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:53

The ball is sent over by Jack Eades.

90:00 +1:41 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Blinkhorn on for Jason Walker.

90:00 +1:22

Effort on goal by Liam Hughes from 35 yards went harmlessly over the goal.

89:48

The ball is delivered by Jack Eades.

89:16

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin on Rossi Jarvis, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis.

88:47

Ashley Chambers takes a short corner.

87:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Brighton on Ashley Chambers. Direct free kick taken by Paul Musselwhite.

86:41

Harry Pell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

86:31

The ball is sent over by Jack Eades, Daniel Parslow manages to make a clearance.

82:52

Rossi Jarvis takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

80:44 Substitution

Substitution James Brighton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Shaw.

78:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rossi Jarvis on Michael Potts. Jon Challinor restarts play with the free kick.

77:56

Liam Hughes delivers the ball, clearance made by James Meredith.

76:34

Shot by Michael Potts from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

76:00

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the right by-line to the near post, Patrick McLaughlin makes a clearance.

75:43

Corner taken left-footed by James Jennings to the near post, Matty Blair makes a clearance.

72:38

Jon Challinor produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

71:49

Inswinging corner taken by Patrick McLaughlin, brilliant save by Danny Naisbitt.

70:16

Corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the left by-line, save made by Paul Musselwhite.

69:24

Jack Eades delivers the ball.

65:56

James Jennings takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

65:17

Harry Pell produces a cross.

63:52

Assist on the goal came from Michael Potts.

63:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Walker - Cambridge 0 - 1 York Jason Walker gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 0-1 York.

62:57

Rossi Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Jon Challinor manages to make a clearance.

61:19

Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

61:19 Booking

Booking James Meredith is shown a yellow card.

61:06

Unfair challenge on Liam Hughes by Patrick McLaughlin results in a free kick.

59:39 Substitution

Substitution Lanre Oyebanjo leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Potts.

56:15

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lanre Oyebanjo, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

50:31

The ball is crossed by Matty Blair, Jason Walker takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt. Corner taken by Lanre Oyebanjo from the right by-line, Header by Chris Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

49:55

Free kick taken by Lanre Oyebanjo.

49:55 Booking

Booking Tom Shaw goes into the book.

49:40

Tom Shaw challenges Lanre Oyebanjo unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:19

Foul by Rossi Jarvis on Ashley Chambers, free kick awarded. Lanre Oyebanjo restarts play with the free kick.

45:29

The offside flag is raised against Harry Pell. Paul Musselwhite takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jack Eades on for Jonathon Thorpe.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:06

Daniel Parslow takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

43:57

Patrick McLaughlin crosses the ball in from the free kick.

43:57 Booking

Booking Booking for James Jennings.

43:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Jennings on Lanre Oyebanjo.

42:27

Foul by Jason Walker on Harry Pell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Jennings.

41:51

Rossi Jarvis produces a cross.

39:04

Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

39:04 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Ben Gibson.

38:53

Jonathon Thorpe fouled by Ben Gibson, the ref awards a free kick.

36:30

Effort on goal by Ashley Chambers from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

31:24

Michael Gash takes a shot. Save made by Paul Musselwhite.

30:38

Foul by Luke Berry on Daniel Parslow, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Meredith.

29:05

Patrick McLaughlin sends in a cross, brilliant save by Danny Naisbitt.

27:43

Luke Berry has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Paul Musselwhite.

27:19

The ball is delivered by Liam Hughes, save made by Paul Musselwhite.

26:09

The ball is delivered by Rossi Jarvis, clearance made by Daniel Parslow.

25:39

Rossi Jarvis takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by James Meredith.

25:16

Unfair challenge on James Jennings by Patrick McLaughlin results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

24:13

Harry Pell takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

20:34

The ball is sent over by Matty Blair. Corner taken right-footed by Lanre Oyebanjo from the right by-line, Jason Walker challenges Liam Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

20:02

Tom Shaw challenges Jason Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.

18:36 Substitution

Substitution Chris Doig goes off and Daniel Parslow comes on.

14:15

Harry Pell takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:15

Ashley Chambers takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a comfortable save.

11:29

Rory McAuley fouled by Jason Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

11:14

Foul by Michael Gash on Chris Doig, free kick awarded. Chris Doig takes the direct free kick.

10:23

Lanre Oyebanjo produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

7:55

Liam Hughes crosses the ball, Chris Smith makes a clearance.

7:00

Ashley Chambers has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

6:10

The offside flag is raised against Michael Gash. Jon Challinor takes the indirect free kick.

4:52

The ball is delivered by Michael Gash, Shot from just outside the area by Liam Hughes misses to the left of the target.

3:55

Liam Hughes sends in a cross, Luke Berry takes a shot. Paul Musselwhite makes a save.

3:08

A cross is delivered by Lanre Oyebanjo, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

2:34

Corner taken right-footed by Lanre Oyebanjo, clearance by Rory McAuley.

1:39

A cross is delivered by Jonathon Thorpe, Paul Musselwhite makes a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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