Brackley will have come away from the game wondering how they didn’t claim all three points as the Minstermen managed to secure a 0-0 draw this afternoon at Bootham Crescent. A beautiful Autumn afternoon didn’t match the view on the pitch as the visitors squandered numerous chances in the second half where they could have scored four maybe even five goals and it was thanks to goalkeeper Peter Jameson that it wasn’t.
The first half started well for City where it was a fairly even game with chances for both sides, starting with a corner for York early on. Not only that what was good to see was the patient build up play from City as they were calm, passing the ball around and ease and putting the ball into good areas but a running theme throughout was the poor final touches in dangerous positions, letting the side down.
Brackley too had a good set of chances in the first half and it was former Minsterman Wes York who caused a lot of problems for the home side created one of the best chances squandered in the first half with a ball over the top of the City defence as James Armison attempted to take the ball around Peter Jameson only for the City defence recovering and blocking and clearing the ball. It was a let off and a sign of what to expect from the visitors.
Wes York again caused York problems as Brackley broke from a a cross from Scott Barrow that then forced Josh King into putting the ball out for yet another corner to Brackley in which there were many throughout. Jameson had to scramble the ball away after a point blank save moments later from yet another as the City defenders fell under yet more pressure.
City though who were playing the game in their new kit for the first time this season had their own chances as Olly Dyson had a shot from close range. It was probably one of the best chance in the game for the home side but it was a great save from Brackley keeper Lewis.
Young defender Josh King, making his first full appearance for the season after coming on as a sub in the FA Cup fixture in midweek, was then substituted just after the half hour mark after he himself hobbled out of the game with an injury himself, as yet again Steve Watson’s men had to shuffle the pack with forward Reon Potts coming off the bench.
Brackley continued to look dangerous with various through balls keeping the home defence on their toes and perhaps a little unfortunate to keep it at 0-0 especially when Michael Woods then broke into the area before half time with what looked like should have been a definite goal, only for the Brackley defenders doing just enough to put the former Chelsea man off and fire over over the bar.
It was the second half that was all the more worrying for York though as the visitors came out very strong and coming away from the game thinking how they didn’t manage to get their much deserved win. First it was Shane Byrne who had his header cleared off the line by captain Sean Newton and then it was the ever impressive Lee Ndlovu who headed just over the bar in the opening minutes of the second half and it was Ndlovu who won every airier battle throughout the second half. It would certainly have been a battle that the injured Matty Brown who may have lived up to the challenge and helped City look more secure at the back as they failed to convince throughout.
Harry Bunn’s first start in York colours was also a lively one and until he was subbed had seemed to continue to impress until Brackley seemed to double up on the former Huddersfield forward which nullified his threat in the second half. Last season’s fellow play off contenders Brackley had yet another chance in the game as Matt Lowe had another shot stopped by Jameson’s legs and Ndlovu again causing problems had his effort spilled by Jameson as yet again they managed to break through the City defence.
There was some ray of light for City who then had a chance. Olly Dyson putting the ball into a dangerous are in the box which fell to Paddy McLaughlin who laid it off for Michael Woods hit it just over the bar. Two very good chances which should have been taken better from Woods thats for sure and the one chance where it felt like it was the key chance for York to take all three points and indeed it was.
Former City favourite and 2012 play off winner Ashley Chambers then came off the bench to make his first appearance in a Brackley shirt who caused York many problems, being allowed to get a few long distant curling shots away at goal that went just wide. Jameson was again called into action as he got down low from an effort from Byrne and then substitute Mitford being given the space for an overhead kick saved very well from Jameson yet again.
The Minstermen’s only other chance in the second half was when Sean Newton saw his shot deflected wide in what saw the full time whistle not long after and bring to an end what was a very disappointing performance from York. It was a very poor and not up to the expected standard from City and the fans watching at home. Yet again no goals from the centre forwards and the worry of the lay offs of key players in Matty Brown, Michael Duckworth and Akil Wright very much cause for concern. Yes it is still early in the season but already there doesn’t seem to be a lot to feel happy about for faithful watching on.