York City 1 Bath City 1
Report of match 16th October 2010
Reporter Tom Waller
Newly-appointed manager Gary Mills' first game in charge proved a major disappointment as York City faded badly and were eventually rather fortunate to gain a point against a spirited Bath City at Bootham Crescent.
Much-changed York showed five alterations as they began a new era on the back of three consecutive defeats, and the recalled Jonathan Smith had a shot parried inside the first minute before Danny Racchi also tested ex-Morecambe goalkeeper Ryan Robinson from distance.
And it was Robinson's block from a Michael Rankine drive after a clever through ball from Michael Gash had released Peter Till that helped break the deadlock on the half-hour. A handball decision against Gethin Jones after a shot on the turn by David McGurk from the subsequent corner allowed Rankine the opportunity to easily claim his sixth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot.
If that was supposed to encourage York onto greater heights it clearly failed, as their opponents immediately took charge of their lacklustre hosts at the start of the second period. And they were duly rewaded when veteran Alex Russell drove through a crowded box to equalise just beyond the hour.
There then looked only one likely winner and Russell lifted another attempt over before Marc Canham saw a low drive gathered by York keeper Michael Ingham (right), who then showed superb reactions with only four minutes remaining to block from Russell at point-blank range before substitute Scott Murray also dragged a late chance wide.
|Competition: Blue Square (Conference) Premier Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Bootham Crescent Attendance: 2,331|
Rankine 30 (pen)
|1 - 1||Bath City
|-||Match ends, York City 1, Bath City 1.|
|90||Second Half ends, York City 1, Bath City 1.|
|85||Substitution, York City. Jamal Fyfield defender replaces Jonathan Smith.|
|79||Alex Lawless (York City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|76||Corner, York City.|
|75||James Meredith (York City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|74||Corner, York City.|
|74||Substitution, York City. Neil Barrett midfielder replaces Peter Till.|
|74||Marley Watkins (Bath City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|72||Substitution, Bath City. Darren Edwards forward replaces Lee Phillips.|
|64||Substitution, York City. Mark Beesley forward replaces Michael Gash.|
|63||Substitution, Bath City. Scott Murray midfielder replaces Kaid Mohamed.|
|63||Goal! York City 1, Bath City 1. Alex Russell (Bath City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.|
|60||Corner, Bath City.|
|60||Corner, Bath City.|
|56||Corner, Bath City.|
|55||Substitution, Bath City. Joe Edwards defender replaces Sekani Simpson.|
|54||Alex Russell (Bath City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|49||Corner, Bath City.|
|-||Second Half begins York City 1, Bath City 0.|
|45+3||First Half ends, York City 1, Bath City 0.|
|44||Corner, Bath City.|
|35||Corner, York City.|
|30||Goal! York City 1, Bath City 0. Michael Rankine (York City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.|
|29||Corner, York City.|
|26||Corner, Bath City.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up|