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.