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Ryan Bowman facing fine after dismissal in York City’s defeat at Bristol Rovers
YORK City striker Ryan Bowman faces a club fine following his red card during Saturday’s 3-2 Sky Bet League Two defeat at Bristol Rovers.
Bowman, 21, was sent off at the Memorial Stadium just four minutes after entering the action as a first-half substitute for injured team-mate Wes Fletcher.
According to referee Gary Sutton’s report, the former Hereford forward received his marching orders on the stroke of half-time for striking out at home captain Tom Parkes in an off-the-ball incident.
City boss Nigel Worthington takes a dim view of such offences and said: “I didn’t see the incident because I was distracted by something else but the fourth official said he saw Ryan push their lad in the face.
“Other reports I have received said their lad had him by the scruff of the neck and Ryan has reacted but, regardless of what has happened, you can’t lift your hands. The rule is that, if you do, you are off.
“Maybe their player was a bit lucky but, if Ryan has lifted his hands, he deserves to go off. You need discipline and that situation will be dealt with internally, then we will move on from there.”
Bowman now faces a three-match suspension that will see him miss Saturday’s away match in Exeter followed by back-to-back home fixtures against AFC Wimbledon and Mansfield Town on successive weekends.
That means a four-week wait for his next possible opportunity in the team and, with Fletcher expected to be sidelined into September too, Worthington hinted that it might be time to look at the transfer market for potential new striking recruits.
Ryan Jarvis got both of City’s goals at the weekend – the second from the penalty spot – but the Minstermen’s other options up front are limited to Richard Cresswell, who was on the bench in Bristol after falling ill, and first-year pro Chris Dickinson.
On that situation, the City chief added: “Wes has tweaked his ankle again and will be out for a few weeks now so, if Ryan had kept himself on the pitch, he would actually get a few games in the team. Instead, he will miss three games so we have lost two strikers.
“Ryan Jarvis was outstanding in terms of his overall work for the team from start to finish but what has happened has narrowed my selection options down in terms of centre forwards so we will have to look at that.”
The Minstermen fell behind in the third minute at the Memorial Stadium when David Clarkson capitalised on an error by 18-year-old defender Tom Allan.
Clarkson then profited from a Michael Ingham mistake to double the hosts’ advantage just past the half-hour mark and Worthington later lamented a lack of “mental preparation” within the side.
“You can’t start how we did,” he insisted. “The first half wasn’t good enough – it’s as simple as that. You have got to give yourself a chance and to be 2-0 down to two very sloppy goals gives you a mountain to climb. I don’t think some players were mentally right for the game and there’s nothing I can do about that.
“They have to do that themselves and be ready for the match. It boils down to two words – mental preparation.
“When the game kicks off you have to be ready and that starts 24 hours before, so you arrive at a football ground knowing your attitude is spot on and you are focused on your job and what you have to do for the team. But the first half wasn’t good enough – it’s as simple as that.”
Worthington did take some solace from City’s second-half display, however, when Jarvis, who had reduced the deficit shortly before Bowman’s dismissal, went on to briefly draw the visitors level from the spot only for John-Joe O’Toole to settle matters on 67 minutes.
On the improvement, the Minstermen boss said: “We were excellent in the second half with ten men. We out-powered them, out-ran them, fought and scrapped.
“At half-time, I asked for the players to show character and to give something to the supporters that had paid their hard-earned cash to travel to the game. They did that and caused Bristol Rovers problems but I have to go back to what I keep saying – the start absolutely killed us and when you score two goals away from home you would normally expect to get some kind of result.”
City fans, meanwhile, can enjoy an Indian meal before the club’s next home match with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, September 7.
A pre-match Chicken Tikka Massala with boiled rice, naan bread and three alcoholic or soft drinks will be on offer in the Keith Walwyn Lounge for £21.
The price also includes a matchday programme and a cup of tea or coffee, but not a ticket for the game. To book one of the limited places, phone 01904 559501 or email email@example.com
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