York City were once again unable to close the gap between themselves and Football League survival as The Minstermen failed to beat an ordinary Crawley Town side at Bootham Crescent.

The home side’s defensive woes were again highlighted as City conceded two horrendous goals and had to twice come from behind to record a 2-2 draw which does nothing to help their fading hopes of being a Football League club next season.

York City were a goal down within minutes of the kick off when Scott Bennett let a long ball bounce in the area and Matt Harrold lobbed the ball over a stranded Scott Flinders into the net. The Minstermen tried to respond but were unable to test youngster Callum Preston in the Crawley Town goal until Lewis Alessandra was fouled in the box on the half hour and midfielder Luke Summerfield equalised from the penalty spot.

The home side could have gone into half time with a lead but Lewis Alessandra placed a shot wide when through on goal while Vadaine Oliver missed a sitter from 12 yards out on the stroke of half time.

Three minutes into the second half some more dreadful York City defending handed Crawley Town the lead when  The Minstermen failed to deal with a long ball into the box and Liam McAlinden netted from close range. The home side almost equalised within minutes of the goal but Callum Preston saved superbly from a Luke Summerfield volley.

Gwion Edwards then failed to hit the target with a header for the visitors and Lewis Alessandra went close at the other end before York City equalised for a second time when substitute Michael Coulson fired in a superb strike from the edge of the area.

Both sides pushed for a winning goal but had to settle for a share of the spoils which will please Crawley Town an awful lot more than it will York City.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/