Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 16 October 2010 - Bootham Crescent - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Simpson (J Edwards 55), Rollo, Jones, Jombati, Watkins, Canham, Connolly, Russell, Phillips (D Edwards 72), Mohamed (Murray 63). subs not used: Harris, Mackie.
|man of the match:
||Jim Rollo/Alex Russell
||Russell (54), Watkins (74)
|league position: 21st
||next match: Swindon S'Marine (A)
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A superb second-half display ensured Bath City picked up their second draw against York this season and extended their unbeaten league run to four games.
Michael Rankine's hotly-disputed penalty, harshly awarded for handball against Gethin Jones, had given the hosts a half-time lead.
But City bossed the second period and deservedly equalised through Alex Russell, who was only denied a late winner by York keeper Michael Ingham's brilliant reflex save.
The game ended in confusion when City boss Adie Britton was apparently sent to the stands after coming on to the pitch when Russell was injured by a late challenge from sub Jamal Fyfield.
However, Britton insisted afterwards that the referee had only asked him to return to his dugout, where he was then shepherded down the tunnel by over-enthusiastic stewards.
Britton had made two changes to the team which drew against Eastbourne Borough last week, with Adam Connolly replacing Adie Harris in central midfield and Jones making his first appearance for more than a month in place of Danny Webb, who did not travel due to illness.
York welcomed new management team Gary Mills and Darren Gee, who joined the Minstermen in midweek from Tamworth and received a warm round of applause when they were introduced to the home fans.
Perhaps buoyed by the new leadership, York made a rapid start to the game and Jonathan Smith forced City keeper Ryan Robinson into a save after just 40 seconds.
However, that early optimism began to fade as, despite enjoying good possession, some impressive City defending restricted York to just one more shot - a long-range effort by Daniel Racchi which was comfortably saved.
Indeed, the visitors began to grow in confidence as the half progressed, spreading the ball around well with Marc Canham particularly influential.
They forced the first corner of the game in the 26th minute and went close to opening the scoring 60 seconds later when Sido Jombati's cross met the head of Lee Phillips but he could not direct it goalwards.
However, City's hard work was undone in controversial fashion soon after. The danger looked to have been averted when Robinson brilliantly saved an angled drive from Rankine with his feet but, from the resulting corner, David McGurk's effort was adjudged to have been handled by Jones.
The defender protested his innocence, saying it had actually hit his chest, referee Richard Clark was unmoved and the subsequent penalty was tucked away with ease by Rankine.
Britton made his feelings on the decision perfectly clear the next time the assistant referee was in earshot and City were clearly rattled by the goal, enduring a rocky five-minute spell before regaining their composure.
City did not have the best of starts to the second half when Sekani Simpson was injured after being accidentally caught by Racchi as he cleared the ball.
The visiting right-back was eventually replaced in the 54th minute by Joe Edwards, who has extended his loan move from Bristol City by another month.
It looked like assistant referee Gary Mundell would also have to substituted three minutes later when he signalled he was injured but, after a shoulder massage and some assistance from City physio Dave Lukins, he was able to continue.
His first task was to award City two corners in quick succession as the visitors enjoyed their best period of the game.
And they were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Marley Watkins' cross from the right was controlled brilliantly by Russell, who then rifled his shot into the bottom corner of the net.
It was a fine strike from the experienced midfielder, who was immediately joined on the pitch by former Bristol City team-mate Scott Murray as City boss Britton went ahead with his planned change.
The player to make way was Kaid Mohamed, who had scored in his previous five games but just had one of those afternoons where nothing came off.
York boss Mills also made his first change, taking off striker Michael Gash and sending on Mark Beesley.
City were now the dominant force and, perhaps sensing the win, sent on some fresh legs up front when Darren Edwards came on for Phillips.
But referee Clark was still a central figure in the game and he showed undeserved yellow cards to City's Watkins and York's James Meredith in the space of a minute, ensuring he was unpopular with both sets of fans.
York, on a poor run of form, were looking increasingly edgy and when they gave the ball away in midfield in the 78th minute, a swift break ended with Russell firing in a long-range shot which went just over the bar.
The hosts sent on Fyfield for the last five minutes but it was City who looked the more likely winners, with Russell forcing Ingham to make an outstanding save with his legs and Murray driving a shot just wide of the far post after beating the offside trap.