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City frustrated by Gainsborough

12th September 2017
Match Result
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York City
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Bootham Crescent
Tuesday 12th Sep - 19:45

YORK City endured a night of frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Gainsborough Trinity at Bootham Crescent.

Jonathan Wafula headed Trinity into the lead in the 68th minute but City got back on level terms seven minutes later when Josh Law scored his first goal for the club.

Both Jon Parkin and Michael Rankine spurned gilt-edged opportunities to win the game for the Minstermen in the final moments.

Trinity’s spoiling tactics were far from popular with City supporters and manager Gary Mills felt that referee Dean Watson could have booked more than just one opposition player (Craig King) for time-wasting.

City were unchanged for the first time in seven games as Mills looked to secure a third consecutive victory. Gainsborough arrived at Bootham Crescent looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

Striker Parkin was unlucky not to score at an early corner but his goalbound header was hacked off the line by Trinity defender Josh Lacey.

Gainsborough adopted a defensive 5-4-1 formation and looked to soak up the City pressure and frustrate.

The visitors had their first goalscoring opportunity in the 21st minute when a Bradley Wells freekick tested Jon Worsnop low to his right hand side.

City enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half but – apart from a Daniel Parslow header which bounced narrowly wide - were restricted to long-range efforts.

And they were still indebted to goalkeeper Worsnop for a crucial save in first half stoppage time – the goalkeeper using his legs to block a shot from Tom Davies who had advanced into the City penalty box on the counter-attack.

City went on the attack immediately after the break and it was not long before Parkin was in the thick of the action again.

The big striker, who was seeking his 200th career goal, met Almond’s cross a with a powerful diving header that was only inches too high.

Trinity threatened only occasionally but midfielder Wafula forced Worsnop to block with his legs in the 56th minute after finding space in the area.

Parkin was cursing his luck again moments later when meeting a cross-come-shot from Law but diverting the ball narrowly over the Trinity bar.

City fell behind in the 68th minute when a long cross from Tom Davie found Wafula whose header beat Worsnop.

But Trinity’s lead lasted just seven minutes as fullback Law burst in from the right and scored his first goal for City with an angled drive.

For the remainder of the game, City pegged the opposition back and pressed hard for a winner.

But both Parkin and substitute Michael Rankine missed glorious chances in stoppage time.

Parkin looked odds-on to score when meeting a cross from Louis Almond six yards out but his low shot was saved on the line by goalkeeper Henrich Ravas.

Rankine then missed the target with a close-range header to compound City’s frustration.

York City: Worsnop, Law, Parslow, Bencherif, Whittle (Muggleton 82); Heslop, Wharton (Rankine 73), Newton; Almond, Parkin, Morgan-Smith. Unused substitutes: Felix, Smith, Sukar.

Gainsborough Trinity: Ravas, Lacey, Evans, Miller, Stainfield, Davie;  Worsfold (Richards 90+4), Clarke (C), Wafula, King; Wells (Simmons 76), Unused substitutes: Collins, Gordon, Walton.

Referee: Dean Watson

Attendance: 2196

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