Match report: Gillingham 1, York City 1

York Press: Gillingham’s Charlie Lee, centre, watches in horror as Paddy McLaughlin’s corner gives  York the lead in Saturday’s 1-1  draw at Priestfield Gillingham’s Charlie Lee, centre, watches in horror as Paddy McLaughlin’s corner gives York the lead in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Priestfield

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YORK City have now taken points from every other side in League Two’s top-16 places following a 1-1 draw at long-time former leaders Gillingham.

Incredibly, considering that record has been achieved with three months of the season still to play, City remain 15th in the table.

But Gary Mills’ team are tantalisingly close to finding the right formula to finally bridge that gap to the play-off positions, which seems permanently fixed at six points.

The Minstermen are difficult to beat, as Saturday’s 13th, and perhaps unluckiest draw of the season, testified.

Nor are many sides in the division as comfortable in possession as Mills’ team but converting that superiority into goals looks like holding the key to any successful climb up the standings between now and April.

Only once in their last seven matches have City managed to score more than one goal.

Leading 1-0 against Gillingham after 17 minutes, courtesy of Paddy McLaughlin’s goal direct from a corner, the visitors had further opportunities to double their lead in front of a home crowd growing restless and anxious that their team’s form at Priestfield could yet derail a push for automatic promotion.

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A record of one point from a possible 12 at home had seen the Gills surrender top spot to Port Vale prior to the visit of the Minstermen and, after manager Martin Allen had used all his three substitutes by the 55th minute, there was a growing sense of desperation about the hosts’ afternoon work.

But, when City were unable to double their advantage, home midfielder Charlie Lee summed up the character of his team.

Lee was involved in a sickening clash of heads with recalled City right-back Lanre Oyebanjo on 71 minutes but, with no more replacements permitted, first defied the orders of physio Gary Hemens and then manager Allen, who both summoned him to the bench at different stages.

Allen hauled the clearly disorientated player off after he hurled a throw-in straight out of play but Lee returned to the pitch twice and was still contributing to his team’s efforts when substitute Cody McDonald headed in an 85th-minute equaliser.

He also saw out the seven minutes of stoppage-time allowed for his injury.

Gillingham, therefore, deserved respect for their efforts but the game provided further evidence that City need not fear anybody at this level of football.

The hosts’ only real threat came from aerial bombardments.

Initially, this approach heralded regular diagonal crossfield balls for Danny Kedwell to contest, after peeling off towards the right flank.

But, when stand-in left-back Dan Parslow, who will soon have more strings to his bow than the Philharmonic Orchestra, nullified that threat, the hosts’ play became even more rudimentary.

Balls were thereafter hurled into the visitors’ box from long throws, corners, free-kicks and general play with the intended target not always obvious.

City were pleasingly more patient and measured, and forged ahead after Charlie Allen had headed wide from a long throw and Chris Whelpdale had dragged a 20-yard shot off target.

For a team that warmed up to the strains of Crazy Horses and whose manager is nicknamed Mad Dog, it should have perhaps come as no surprise that there was a little lunacy in the manner Gillingham conceded the first goal.

Quite what home ’keeper Stuart Nelson was trying to achieve when McLaughlin’s flag kick from the right swung towards his goal was unclear but he only succeeded in helping the ball cross over the line.

At the other end, Adam Barrett headed over from ten yards after Kedwell had hooked the ball back into the box and Lee’s rising drive from an acute angle smashed high into Michael Ingham’s sidenetting.

Lee survived a 35th-minute scare, however, when his headed back pass required acrobatic reflexes from Nelson.

The reactions of City ’keeper Ingham were even more impressive when he thrust out his right arm to keep out Barrett’s powerful close-range header moments later.

Jason Walker might have then added to the visitors’ advantage but, following Matty Blair’s through ball, failed to get a shot away as home centre-back Leon Legge ushered him away from goal.

Three minutes after the restart, Blair burst through the right channel to leave Joe Martin trailing but could not beat Nelson at his near post.

For Gillingham, Adam Birchall’s header from a Lee long throw was punched away by Ingham and Barrett saw another aerial attempt bounce off the top of the netting following Martin’s free-kick.

McLaughlin, though, almost caught out Nelson on 51 minutes with a 35-yard lob that just lacked the height to beat the Gills ’keeper.

He then delivered the right-wing free-kick that saw Chris Smith glance a header against the post.

Lee’s 30-yard drive was kept out low to his right by Ingham just after the hour but Blair charged on to a Scott Kerr pass down the left flank and, after going past Legge, unleashed a shot that Nelson parried weakly before Martin cleared the danger.

A terrific Parslow charge from inside his own half then saw him narrowly fail to find an unmarked Walker with his square pass into the penalty box.

Gillingham were still mustering little in response with a couple of long-range Whelpdale efforts failing to trouble Ingham.

But, when substitute Myles Weston’s right-wing cross travelled across the face of Ingham’s six-yard box, fellow replacement McDonald steamed in at the far post to beat the City ’keeper, who had chosen to stay on his line.

Ingham reacted well though to keep out another McDonald header from Whelpdale’s corner before the hosts survived a late penalty shout.

After Kedwell had appeared to escape an earlier handball appeal, Blair then looked to be nudged in the back by Martin as he prepared to shoot after McLaughlin and Walker had combined to open up the Gills down the right.

An off-balance Blair could not keep his subsequent shot on target but referee David Phillips was unmoved in front of a baying away end.

In the seventh and final minute of stoppage time, City sub Lee Bullock was unable to turn in McLaughlin’s corner at the near post.


Match facts

Gillingham 1 (McDonald 85), York City (McLaughlin 17)


York City

Michael Ingham 8
Excellent shot-stopping, but might have come off his line to prevent equaliser.

Lanre Oyebanjo 8
Strong and brave as highlighted by the head injury that ended his afternoon.

Chris Smith 8
Marshalled a new-look back four well and came close to scoring.

Jack O’Connell 8
Strong in the air for a teenager and never looked daunted by the challenge.

Dan Parslow 8
Displayed his versatility by impressing in yet another position.

Michael Potts 7
Involved very little before the break, but found his stride more in the second half.

Scott Kerr 8
Inspired others around him with his ability on the ball and communication.

Paddy McLaughlin 8
STAR MAN – provided moments of class from dead balls and in general play.

Matty Blair 8
Could not be caught when he hit full throttle, just needs a little more composure.

Jason Walker 7
Given a tough task against Barrett and Legge, but battled manfully.

Alex Rodman 6
Very quiet throughout and could not make an impact in the final third.

Subs: Jon Challinor (for Oyebanjo, 81), Lee Bullock (for Rodman, 90).

Not used: Paul Musselwhite, Oli Johnson, John McReady, Ben Everson, Tom Allan.


Gillingham

Stuart Nelson, Charlie Lee, Leon Legge, Adam Barrett, Joe Martin, Chris Whelpdale, Andy Frampton (Myles Weston, 38), Steven Gregory, Charlie Allen (Matt Fish, 46), Danny Kedwell, Adam Birchall (Cody McDonald, 55).

Subs not used: Callum Davies, Deon Burton, Tommy Forecast, Sam Muggleton.

Star man: Barrett – solid at one end and an aerial threat at the other.

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Rating: 6/10 – appeared to ignore two valid shouts for a penalty late on in the game.

Booked: Gregory 58.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 4,893 (258 from City).

Shots on target: Gillingham 7, City 6.

Shots off target: Gillingham 8, City 1.

Corners: Gillingham 6, City 6.

Fouls conceded: Gillingham 12, City 10.

Offsides: Gillingham 2, City 2.

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11:23am Mon 28 Jan 13

iandwightbenton says...

Was the goal Paddy's or was it an O.G ?

I backed pady to score first and didn't get paid out as BBC says it was an O.G

Anyone know ?
Was the goal Paddy's or was it an O.G ? I backed pady to score first and didn't get paid out as BBC says it was an O.G Anyone know ? iandwightbenton

12:24pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

we need 3 points not just 1. not good enough Mills. if only Mcgill would buy some new players but that's too much to ask!!!
we need 3 points not just 1. not good enough Mills. if only Mcgill would buy some new players but that's too much to ask!!! nick clogg

12:39pm Mon 28 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!!
a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!! redbluelion

12:47pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

redbluelion wrote:
a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!!
why city will never go up as folks happy with a point
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!![/p][/quote]why city will never go up as folks happy with a point nick clogg

1:42pm Mon 28 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

id rather we were 15th in the division having just come back up than facing weekly bucket collections again and a winding up order,how many teams though disapointed at having had the lead wouldnt still be happy with a point away at second place.
id rather we were 15th in the division having just come back up than facing weekly bucket collections again and a winding up order,how many teams though disapointed at having had the lead wouldnt still be happy with a point away at second place. YoRkIe59

2:02pm Mon 28 Jan 13

billoofyork says...

nick clogg wrote:
redbluelion wrote:
a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!!
why city will never go up as folks happy with a point
not many teams will get points at priestfields. we may be drawing a lot but we will be safe this year and can push on next season with the benefit of experience.
i don't think fans are settling for draws, we are simply happy with the majority of performances and know we are heading in the right direction.
rome wasn't built in a day and all that......
[quote][p][bold]nick clogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!![/p][/quote]why city will never go up as folks happy with a point[/p][/quote]not many teams will get points at priestfields. we may be drawing a lot but we will be safe this year and can push on next season with the benefit of experience. i don't think fans are settling for draws, we are simply happy with the majority of performances and know we are heading in the right direction. rome wasn't built in a day and all that...... billoofyork

2:34pm Mon 28 Jan 13

erniet says...

Anyone see the Sky game on Thursday between Wimbledon and Port Vale? I remember City's game at Wimbledon in the Cup and I thought that the comparison was interesting. City played far better football than Port Vale. and it emphasised again that in this division most teams look for big lads, and plenty of crosses into the box. City's problems have stemmed from not stopping the crosses effectively, but I'd rather see our style of playing than these others.
Anyone see the Sky game on Thursday between Wimbledon and Port Vale? I remember City's game at Wimbledon in the Cup and I thought that the comparison was interesting. City played far better football than Port Vale. and it emphasised again that in this division most teams look for big lads, and plenty of crosses into the box. City's problems have stemmed from not stopping the crosses effectively, but I'd rather see our style of playing than these others. erniet

3:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

nick clogg wrote:
redbluelion wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!!
why city will never go up as folks happy with a point
I SAID THAT WITH A HINT OF SARCASM..
Im not happy at all..
[quote][p][bold]nick clogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!![/p][/quote]why city will never go up as folks happy with a point[/p][/quote]I SAID THAT WITH A HINT OF SARCASM.. Im not happy at all.. redbluelion

3:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Tug job says...

nick clogg wrote:
redbluelion wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!!
why city will never go up as folks happy with a point
But we came up last season, didn't we? As someone who actually went to Gillingham on Saturday I can honestly say that it was a cracking game, that City played very well as a team, that City could have equally won or lost the game (we had one blatant penalty overlooked and another good shout turned down, whilst Inghy made a couple of top rate saves) and our desire to play football was a joy to witness. Some of the Gillingham fans we enountered on Saturday evening and yesterday were of the opinion that City are, without a doubt, the best footballing side they have seen this season. Let's not forget, Gillingham are second in the table with a game in hand on Port Vale. Since getting home this lunchtime, I have been on the Gill's fans forum and many posters on there say the same. I really cannot understand all the negativity from some of the posters on this site. Instead of relying on Radio York and YEP coverage, why not go and see for yourselves. Reality is very different from rhetoric. As Erniet has posted above, I would far rather go and watch a team that plays to play attractive, passing football than one that just hoofs it upfield and hopes. COYR
[quote][p][bold]nick clogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: a nice lovely big point won...im well happy-over the feeking moon infact.!!![/p][/quote]why city will never go up as folks happy with a point[/p][/quote]But we came up last season, didn't we? As someone who actually went to Gillingham on Saturday I can honestly say that it was a cracking game, that City played very well as a team, that City could have equally won or lost the game (we had one blatant penalty overlooked and another good shout turned down, whilst Inghy made a couple of top rate saves) and our desire to play football was a joy to witness. Some of the Gillingham fans we enountered on Saturday evening and yesterday were of the opinion that City are, without a doubt, the best footballing side they have seen this season. Let's not forget, Gillingham are second in the table with a game in hand on Port Vale. Since getting home this lunchtime, I have been on the Gill's fans forum and many posters on there say the same. I really cannot understand all the negativity from some of the posters on this site. Instead of relying on Radio York and YEP coverage, why not go and see for yourselves. Reality is very different from rhetoric. As Erniet has posted above, I would far rather go and watch a team that plays to play attractive, passing football than one that just hoofs it upfield and hopes. COYR Tug job

3:54pm Mon 28 Jan 13

1936 says...

Maybe Nick Clogg would like to give city some money to buy a new player instead of blaming the Mcgill's with out Mcgills help we would now be a part time team
Maybe Nick Clogg would like to give city some money to buy a new player instead of blaming the Mcgill's with out Mcgills help we would now be a part time team 1936

3:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen.. redbluelion

5:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nudger says...

I would add that the equaliser came at the back stick where Lanre would have been but for the clash of heads.A very good report on the game, for those not lucky enough to make it. Also good ground and perfect playing surface with no snow.Would the ref have given the penalty if it had been the home side? It was so 'stonewall' it was ridiculous but perhaps at this level the weaker refs fear the inevitable backlash from the Gills manager.
I would add that the equaliser came at the back stick where Lanre would have been but for the clash of heads.A very good report on the game, for those not lucky enough to make it. Also good ground and perfect playing surface with no snow.Would the ref have given the penalty if it had been the home side? It was so 'stonewall' it was ridiculous but perhaps at this level the weaker refs fear the inevitable backlash from the Gills manager. nudger

5:39pm Mon 28 Jan 13

billoofyork says...

redbluelion wrote:
its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners?
why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable?
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..[/p][/quote]assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners? why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable? billoofyork

5:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Tug job says...

nudger wrote:
I would add that the equaliser came at the back stick where Lanre would have been but for the clash of heads.A very good report on the game, for those not lucky enough to make it. Also good ground and perfect playing surface with no snow.Would the ref have given the penalty if it had been the home side? It was so 'stonewall' it was ridiculous but perhaps at this level the weaker refs fear the inevitable backlash from the Gills manager.
It was stonewall, wasn't it. I missed the alleged handball incident but Matty was clearly pushed.
[quote][p][bold]nudger[/bold] wrote: I would add that the equaliser came at the back stick where Lanre would have been but for the clash of heads.A very good report on the game, for those not lucky enough to make it. Also good ground and perfect playing surface with no snow.Would the ref have given the penalty if it had been the home side? It was so 'stonewall' it was ridiculous but perhaps at this level the weaker refs fear the inevitable backlash from the Gills manager.[/p][/quote]It was stonewall, wasn't it. I missed the alleged handball incident but Matty was clearly pushed. Tug job

6:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

billoofyork wrote:
redbluelion wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners? why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable?
BECAUSE IT STOPS HER INDOORS MOANING AT ME...
[quote][p][bold]billoofyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..[/p][/quote]assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners? why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable?[/p][/quote]BECAUSE IT STOPS HER INDOORS MOANING AT ME... redbluelion

8:07pm Mon 28 Jan 13

YorkCityLuke says...

redbluelion wrote:
its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
Never expect anything good to happen? We won the Trophy and got promoted last season, why would you not expect good things?!
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..[/p][/quote]Never expect anything good to happen? We won the Trophy and got promoted last season, why would you not expect good things?! YorkCityLuke

9:12pm Mon 28 Jan 13

redbluelion says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
redbluelion wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
Never expect anything good to happen? We won the Trophy and got promoted last season, why would you not expect good things?!
Hello luke i was wondering how long it would take you to stick your nose in..as it happens it was great winning the trophy and and promotion..but that is now past i like to look forward into the future and i don't expect us to have much joy within the next ten years..now we are a league team again.its about staying in the league now..nothing more..
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..[/p][/quote]Never expect anything good to happen? We won the Trophy and got promoted last season, why would you not expect good things?![/p][/quote]Hello luke i was wondering how long it would take you to stick your nose in..as it happens it was great winning the trophy and and promotion..but that is now past i like to look forward into the future and i don't expect us to have much joy within the next ten years..now we are a league team again.its about staying in the league now..nothing more.. redbluelion

10:40am Tue 29 Jan 13

openallhours says...

billoofyork wrote:
redbluelion wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..
assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners? why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable?
I think you'll find that there are 'moaners' in the Longhurst and Pop stand as well. As I've said before, they're more than welcome in my book coz their gate money helps keep the club going. Maybe if some of the thousands of fans who lined the streets for our victory parade bothered turn up maybe we'd have more money to sign an extra player or 2!
[quote][p][bold]billoofyork[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: its just back now to how it was before the non-league days..just to be happy being in the league with no-more ambition then that..ill keep going to watch but never expect anything good to happen..[/p][/quote]assume you must sit in the main stand with the other moaners? why bother going to matches to make yourself miserable?[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that there are 'moaners' in the Longhurst and Pop stand as well. As I've said before, they're more than welcome in my book coz their gate money helps keep the club going. Maybe if some of the thousands of fans who lined the streets for our victory parade bothered turn up maybe we'd have more money to sign an extra player or 2! openallhours

12:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

1936 wrote:
Maybe Nick Clogg would like to give city some money to buy a new player instead of blaming the Mcgill's with out Mcgills help we would now be a part time team
If I had the money I would! McGill makes out he's loaded yet has every penny secured so that he won't lose a penny! That's the annoying bit, he doesn't put anything inn now, yes he contrived to save with the "trust" but ask them what they think of him and you'll know what I mean.
[quote][p][bold]1936[/bold] wrote: Maybe Nick Clogg would like to give city some money to buy a new player instead of blaming the Mcgill's with out Mcgills help we would now be a part time team[/p][/quote]If I had the money I would! McGill makes out he's loaded yet has every penny secured so that he won't lose a penny! That's the annoying bit, he doesn't put anything inn now, yes he contrived to save with the "trust" but ask them what they think of him and you'll know what I mean. nick clogg

2:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rogue84 says...

quick question to the supporters who are saying this isn't good enough....I presume you won't be happy until we have won the premier league, fa cup, league cup and champions league? 4 years time dya think?
and before anyone accuses me of being over the top, or childish....expectin
g us to play every team off the park and go straight up out of league 2 in our first season is both of the above.
quick question to the supporters who are saying this isn't good enough....I presume you won't be happy until we have won the premier league, fa cup, league cup and champions league? 4 years time dya think? and before anyone accuses me of being over the top, or childish....expectin g us to play every team off the park and go straight up out of league 2 in our first season is both of the above. rogue84

3:30pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Tug job says...

rogue84 wrote:
quick question to the supporters who are saying this isn't good enough....I presume you won't be happy until we have won the premier league, fa cup, league cup and champions league? 4 years time dya think? and before anyone accuses me of being over the top, or childish....expectin g us to play every team off the park and go straight up out of league 2 in our first season is both of the above.
The inetersting thing is that most opposing fans, and quite a few managers, have praised the attractive style we play - Bradford, Southend, Exeter and Gillingham fans have all been impressed that we have kept going for the win, rather than merely sitting back and settling for the point. Next season, we will probably settle for the point and stop "going for it" - this is something the club will have learned from our first season back. At the same time, credit must be given to the management team for making the most of the fairly limited resources the club has available to compete at this level.
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: quick question to the supporters who are saying this isn't good enough....I presume you won't be happy until we have won the premier league, fa cup, league cup and champions league? 4 years time dya think? and before anyone accuses me of being over the top, or childish....expectin g us to play every team off the park and go straight up out of league 2 in our first season is both of the above.[/p][/quote]The inetersting thing is that most opposing fans, and quite a few managers, have praised the attractive style we play - Bradford, Southend, Exeter and Gillingham fans have all been impressed that we have kept going for the win, rather than merely sitting back and settling for the point. Next season, we will probably settle for the point and stop "going for it" - this is something the club will have learned from our first season back. At the same time, credit must be given to the management team for making the most of the fairly limited resources the club has available to compete at this level. Tug job

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