York City's promotion chances finally disappeared for another season as Cambridge United ensured
their own survival at Bootham Crescent.
The hosts went close during the first-half through long-range attemps from Ashley Chambers and Chris Carruthers that were both turned aside by visiting goalkeeper Danny Naismith.
The same pair were also wide with additional efforts from distance as York continued to enjoy most of the possession. That nearly brought them reward moments before the break as Naisbitt rescued his side again when denying Andre Boucaud [right] at his top corner after good work down the left between Leon Constantine and Chambers.
But this was a game York simply had to win if they were to retain any chance of promotion. Therefore their manager Gary Mills made a change at the interval with winger Peter Till replacing midfielder Jonathan Smith in a revised 4-4-2 set-up.
However, it was not until Chambers had a header from Till's cross tipped over and the diving Naisbitt also thwarted a firm low drive from substitute Michael Rankine, that they really suggested they were capable of breaking down their opponents despite neat approach work.
For their part Cambridge didn't offer much going forward until Michael Ingham blocked with his feet from Jordan Patrick, although there were a couple of important interventons from James Meredith and Liam Darville as the second-half progressed.
Then just before the end York had what appeared very worthwhile claims for a penalty turned down when Boucaud's shot struck the arm of James Jennings inside the area as the vital winning goal continued to escape them.