as he watched a speculative long-ranger by Nicholas Ioannou loop wide. Furthermore, the East Midlanders remained a threat during their sporadic moves forward with Fox belting a shot into the side-netting and then almost pouncing after a lightning run by Bailey.
Rashford went off with cramp after giving his all to hand Demetri Mitchell a chance to impress and provide a cutting edge. With four minutes left of normal time, Andreas Pereira arrowed a trademark free-kick towards goal that forced a fingertip save out of Sharpe and the home keeper then kept out Mitchell at his near post after a spellbinding piece of skill by the substitute.
Joel Castro Pereira made another outstanding stop from Daniel Rowe but was grateful for a Mitchell clearance when he missed the resulting corner and, after Matthew Willock and Andreas Pereira cleared the bar with attempts, another save by the United No1 sparked the attack that led to the goal.
Andreas Pereira collected a Harrop pass and saw his shot from the edge of the 'D' loop off Sam Jones and over the stranded Sharpe to finally break the deadlock with 101 minutes on the clock. Ioannou and Ryan McConnell continued to defend in resilient fashion at the heart of the defence and the solitary goal proved sufficient in the end with Evans also putting in a great shift during the additional 30 minutes.
United: J.Pereira; Evans, McConnell, Ioannou (Borthwick-Jackson 117), Barber; Janko, Goss, Willock, A.Pereira, Harrop (Riley 113); Rashford (Mitchell 80). Subs not used: Henderson, Thompson.