Match 45
8th April 1989
York C (a)


The weather may be a great deal better than it was two months ago, but some things never change. This was another poor away display by City and though it seems that we always have as much of the possession as the home team, it is about time that possession was taken advantage of. City are a strange team, sometimes it seems as though they will never score and on others it seems as though they will score every time they attack.

Having said that, City were by far the better side in the opening stages. Darran Rowbotham had an effort cleared off the line and Richard Young's hustle and bustle was a constant threat. The referee was on the end of some stick from the travelling faithful, again numbering about sixty, having booked Dazza and Lee Rogers in the first five minutes. As you will probably guess, Rowbotham's caution was for something he said to the man in black. York's opener came on 27 minutes when Steve Spooner shot home following 8 corner. Then followed the they were usual City collapse, teased mercilessly by the lively Tony Canham. The best chance fell to lan Helliwell who headed wide from about two yards out. The City contingent took great delight in showing their opinion of his footballing ability - they broke into fits of laughter every time Helliwell came near them!

The second goal was a farce. There looked to be no danger as the ball was floated forward, but somehow lan Dunn squeezed between Dryden and Walter and toe-poked the ball in. City rallied well after that blow and within six minutes they were back In the match. Steve Neville crossed to Richard Young and his knock down was sweetly tucked away by Scott Hiley. The next twenty minutes was all City, but despite enormous pressure, the only real chance fell to Shaun Taylor. The big central defender broke through, but unfortunately he passed instead of having a go himself.

It was all to no avail however. Helliwell headed home a neat goal from a free kick with quarter of an hour remaining. Luckily the City fans were stood at the other end so were spared any gestures by the York forward. Not a bad match for the nuetral, but it does make you think when clubs like Tranmere and Sarborough, who shut up shop away from home, consistently get results. There is no justice in the world,is there ?


Paul F



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