Crawley Town 1 York City 0

Last updated : 11 September 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Danny Davidson's early strike helped Crawley maintain their unbeaten home form with a hard- fought win over York City.

The visitors were on top when the Reds took the lead in the 11th minute following a defensive mistake by Chris Clarke.

He lost possession to Robert Traynor, who raced clear on goal before unselfishly passing to Davidson, and the former Stafford Rangers striker curled a shot past David Stockdale and into the bottom corner of the net.

The Minstermen squandered a golden opportunity to get back on level terms in the 25th minute.

Crawley defender Ryan Palmer passed the ball straight to veteran York striker Lee Nogan. He rounded keeper Phil Smith and only had the covering Matthew Rees to beat. However, the ex-Wales international hesitated before shooting allowing Palmer to make amends for his error by blocking the effort on the line.

Charlies Mapes almost doubled the home side's advantage on the stroke of half time with a 20- yard drive which Stockdale did well to save.

Crawley had further opportunities to add to their goal tally in the second half. The best fell to top scorer Charlie MacDonald who turned Clarke before going one-on-one with Stockdale but the young City keeper spread himself well to block the former Charlton striker's effort and MacDonald lifted the rebound over the bar.

Palmer then blasted a volley just over from ten yards after being left unmarked at a corner.

Clarke almost salvaged a point for the Minstermen in stoppage time when he blasted a volley against the bar from close range.