League Two round-up: York sack Mills after winless run stretches to 11

By Adam Shergold


Dismissed: York City have sacked manager Gary Mills following a poor run of form

Dismissed: York City have sacked manager Gary Mills following a poor run of form

York City have sacked manager Gary Mills following an 11th successive game without a win.

The League Two side lost 2-0 at home this afternoon to Bradford City, extending a winless run that started on New Year's Day and has seen them slump to 18th in the table.

Mills guided the Minstermen back into the Football league last season after an absence of eight years and also delivered them the FA Trophy.

A statement issued by the York City board read: 'It is with regret that the York City board of directors has terminated the contract of manager Gary Mills with immediate effect.

'The recent playing form, which has resulted in the team achieving only six points out of a possible 33 points, has led the board to this extremely difficult decision.'

'The York City board of directors’ absolute priority is to safeguard the club’s Football League status and an improvement in results is essential due to our current League position.

'We would like to thank Gary Mills for his great contribution to York City Football Club and for managing last season’s promotion team. We wish Gary the very best for his future career.

'The York City board hopes to make an announcement regarding the club’s new manager within the next week.'

Meanwhile, Gillingham remain at the top of League Two even though they were unable to beat lowly Aldershot today at the Recreation Ground.

The Gills came from behind to draw 1-1 after Craig Reid put Aldershot in front just after the break.

Leon Legge headed the equaliser for the visitors in the 75th minute to give them a three-point lead at the top over Port Vale, who dropped points themselves after they were beaten 2-1 by Oxford United.

Alfie Potter opened the scoring for the Us in the 10th minute but Doug Loft soon equalised for Vale to leave the scores tied 1-1 at half-time.

Deane Smalley gave Oxford the lead well into the second half before the home side wasted a chance to kill off the match when Sean Rigg missed an 84th minute penalty.

Third-placed Burton Albion crashed to a 3-0 defeat by Bristol Rovers, while Exeter's 3-0 win over Northampton saw them close the gap to fourth place to a single point.

Rovers dominated their match with goals by Ryan Brunt, John O'Toole and Eliot Richards proving to be Burton's undoing.

Exeter, meanwhile, claimed the lead thanks to Lee Nicholls' own goal before scores by Jamie Cureton and Jake Gosling left them just outside of the play-off places.

Cheltenham remained in the play-offs thanks to a 2-1 win over Wimbledon.
Steve Elliott headed the opener before Darren Carter fired the second, with Brennan Dickenson's goal for Wimbledon not enough to change the outcome of the match.

Morecambe powered past Rochdale with goals from Christopher McCready, Kevin Ellison and Andrew Fleming as they won 3-0.

Plymouth claimed a vital 2-1 win over Barnet but stay in the bottom two.

Jake Hyde put Barnet ahead in the 21st minute but Plymouth battled back, with Conor Hourihane levelling the scores at half-time before Ronan Murray fired the winner in the 49th minute.

Southend and Rotherham drew 1-1, Rotherham's Johnny Mullins cancelling out Kevan Hurst's 73rd-minute goal with an equaliser two minutes from full-time.

The match between Accrington and Torquay ended goalless while Anthony Stewart's 90th-minute header saw Wycombe edge past Fleetwood.

Chesterfield also won by a one-goal margin, Abu Ogogo's headed own goal enough to see them beat Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0.



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