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Late frustration for City in the fog

By Ian Appleyard | 4th December 2018
Match Result
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York City
2
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Leamington
2
Bootham Crescent
Tuesday 4th Dec - 19:45

A LATE equaliser from Leamington striker Colby Bishop denied City a third consecutive victory on a foggy night at Bootham Crescent.

Captain Jordan Burrow had scored two goals in five minutes earlier in the second half to put City firmly on course for all three points.

However, as the freezing fog rolled in, Leamington snatched a share of the spoils with Bishop bagging both goals for the visitors.

Bizarrely, all three meetings between these two clubs in Vanarama National League North over the last two seasons have now ended in 2-2 draws.

Manager Sam Collins had made two changes to the City side with Joe Tait and Jake Wright replacing Nathan Dyer and Lewis Hawkins.

In a first half of few chances both Callum Gittings and James Mace were booked for challenges on City striker Wright who showed a steely determination to shake off knocks to both his ankle and his head.

City's best opportunity fell to defender Kennedy Digie on nine minutes when his header, from a Kallum Griffiths corner, was headed over the bar by Reece Flanagan in the goalmouth.

Goalkeeper Adam Bartlett, meanwhile, was virtually unemployed compared to his shift in the first 45 minutes of City's previous game against FC United of Manchester.

Things livened up at the start of the second half and captain Burrow scored twice in the space of five minutes to put City in the driving seat.

He broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 56th minute after Leamington defender Jamie Hood tripped winger Alex Bray.

He doubled the lead on 61 minutes when hammering the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards after a freekick from Griffiths was knocked down by a Leamington defender.

City looked on course for a third consecutive victory until Leamington, who had rarely threatened, pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to play. Striker Bishop ran onto a through ball from Kieran Dunbar and struck a low angled drive past Bartlett.

Burrow might have wrapped things up for City and completed a hat-trick in the 83rd minute but his close-range effort was blocked by Leamington goalkeeper Tony Breeden.

Moments later, Breeden nearly gifted City a goal when he raced out of his area and gave the ball to substitute Hawkins on the halfway line.

The on-loan City midfielder, however, opted not to try his luck with the goal unguarded, passing instead to Griffiths whose attempted shot was charged down.

With thick fog descending on Bootham Crescent, Leamington grabbed a point in the 87th minute when Bishop rose to head home a corner from Reece Flanagan.

York City: Bartlett, Newton, Tait, Digie, Davis, Griffiths, Wright (Langstaff HT), Moke, Burrow (C), Harris, Bray (Hawkins 64). Subs: Ironside, Law, Ferguson.

Leamington: Breeden (C), English, Gudger, Flanagan, Hood (Lane 68), Mace, Dunbar, Gittings, Bishop, Edwards (Dwyer 79), Taylor (Obeng 68). Subs: Clarke, Bowan.

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Bookings: Davis (City) Gittings, Mace (Leamington)

Attendance: 1938 (including 26 away supporters)

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