York 1 Lincoln City 1

Last updated : 21 December 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Despite going into administration this week and now playing for nothing, the never say die heroes of York City fought back to grab a point against Lincoln through sub Richard Cooper's brilliant late strike.

Lincoln took the lead after eight minutes with the first chance of the game. Peter Gain fed on-loan striker Steve Watts, who hit home a crisp low drive from 18 yards beating Alan Fettis at his near post.

Rocked by the early goal, the home side enjoyed the bulk of play for the remainder of the half. Lee Bullock's header from Graham Potter's corner bounced off the top of the bar to safety, before penalty appeals were waved away as Lee Nogan went to ground as he ran in on goal.

On 40 minutes Lincoln missed the chance to sew up all three points. A trio of York defenders got in a tangle 30 yards out and Gain had a clear run on goal.

He unselfishly squared to Richard Butcher who easily side-stepped the last defender but then incredibly blazed over from ten yards with the goal at his mercy.

Sub Christian Fox, on for the injured Stephen Brackstone, was unlucky with a 25 yard free-kick which was only inches over just before the interval.

After the restart York had a fortunate escape when Dene Cropper ran clear of Stuart Wise, but keeper Fettis saved with his legs.

It was then all one-way traffic as York playing some skilful and patient football and created a number of chances, but lacked the killer touch in front of goal.

Peter Duffield hit the post from ten yards and had another effort blocked.

Cooper, on for the injured Wise for his first start of the season, went close from 20 yards before he scored a deserved equaliser nine minutes from time.

Potter's cross was headed out and Cooper hit a left-foot volley on the run from 20 yards which flew past Alan Marriott into the top corner of the net.