Brassy and Cookey have mixed fortunes

Last updated : 07 February 2002 By Tony Scholes

Andy Cooke - First goal in Stoke's 5-0 win
On Tuesday night just down the road Rochdale took on next to bottom York City in a Division Three game at Spotland. There were just fourteen minutes gone when Chris Brass gave York a surprise lead in what turned out to be the first goal in nine. Rochdale were level within a couple of minutes but shortly after that York were back in front. It stayed like that until just before half time when the home side equalised for a second time.

Early in the second half there were three goals in four minutes as Rochdale twice went in front and that 4-3 remained until thirteen minutes from time. Then a fifth goal seemed to seal it for Rochdale but York did pull one back before losing out in the end 5-4.

Brassy only scored one goal for the Clarets but this was his fourth this season with two in the league and two more in the cup competitions.

There was better luck last night when Andy Cooke gave Stoke the lead against bottom club Cambridge United in a 2nd Division game. The goal came on 22 minutes after a nervous start for Stoke but they soon made it two. They added three more in the second half to record an easy 5-0 win.

That's Cookey's seventh league goal of the season, with one more in the cup, and helped keep his side in third place in the league.