Keeping Up With...The Minstermen
DEREK Adams' Plymouth Argyle side take on a struggling York side this Easter Monday.
The Minstermen currently sit 23rd in Sky Bet League 2 after a spirited 2-2 draw against Crawley on Easter Friday still left them seven points adrift of safety.
York came from behind twice against Mark Yates' side but failed to make up any ground on 22nd placed Stevenage who themselves picked up a point in a hard-fought draw with Argyle's promotion rivals, Oxford United.
City looked as though they would crash to a seventh defeat in eight after Matt Harrold put Crawley ahead after just five minutes. However, two former Pilgrims teamed up for the equaliser. First Lewis Alessandra, on-loan from League 1 Rochdale, was fouled in the box and midfielder Luke Summerfield dispatched the resulting penalty. The visitors went ahead through Liam McAlinden's low hit shot but Michael Coulson's curling strike snatched a vital point, 20 minutes from time.
Jackie McNamara's side are winless in eight games in the league, including a 4-0 defeat to Oxford as well as a 1-0 defeat to bottom of the table Dagenham & Redbridge a few days later. Their last win came on February 16, when a Bradley Fewster brace was enough to see off Exeter City 2-0.
Summerfield and Alessandra look in line to face their former club. Luke, 28, featured in the Argyle first team between 2005 and 2011, making 79 appearances and scoring four times. He came through the club's academy between 1998 and 2005, having joined as a 10-year-old. Having only played seven times in his final season, scoring once as the Pilgrims were relegated to League 2, he was released and would go on to play for their league rivals Cheltenham Town the following season.
27-year-old Alessandra was a shining light in the Argyle side that reached the play-offs last season. Featuring between 2013 and 2015, he scored 25 goals in his 100 appearances on the South Coast. He joined League 1 side Rochdale at the end of last season to be closer to his family, but having only featured eight times, he joined York in early March. His first goal came on his debut as he opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw with Barnet.
Historically there is little to separate the two clubs with Plymouth winning 11, York 8 and 14 draws in their 33 encounters. The fixture earlier in the season saw Adams' side pick up all three points at Bootham Cresent as goals from Jake Jervis and Graham Carey before half time put the game to bed. Seventeen-year-old midfielder Ben Godfrey pulled a consolation goal back for the hosts deep into injury time - he would later join Norwich in the transfer window.
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