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Goal target for York City striker Ryan Bowman
STRIKER Ryan Bowman is determined to get off the mark for York City in this Saturday’s home match with fallen giants Portsmouth.
City boss Nigel Worthington has joked that Bowman “can start scoring now” after a tribunal to determine the size of his transfer fee from Hereford decided in the Bootham Crescent club’s favour yesterday.
The hearing, held at Wembley, ruled that the Minstermen’s offer of £20,000, plus a 15 per cent sell-on clause, was a fair one despite Hereford hoping for a fee in the region of £100,000.
Bowman netted 19 times for the Bulls at Conference level last season but is yet to start a League game for City, or make the scoresheet and has just returned from a three-match suspension, following his red card at Bristol Rovers last month.
He went close to claiming his first goal, however, during the 1-1 draw at Wycombe on Saturday having replaced Wes Fletcher early in the second half and is now hoping to display the potency that prompted former City boss and current Hereford chief Martin Foyle to put a six-figure valuation on the 21-year-old forward’s head.
Bowman said: “I got 35 minutes at Wycombe so I am hoping I get a bit longer on Saturday. The two lads up front did well again before I came on but Crezzie (Richard Cresswell) is obviously out suspended at the moment so there are three of us now and, if I am coming on or in the starting XI, I just have to do my job and start scoring goals.
“I thought I should have scored on Saturday 15 or 20 seconds after I had come on. The finish was just a reaction thing really.
“I would have obviously preferred it on my right foot but, while people might say it was a good save because their ’keeper kept it out of the net and did his job, I should have still done better and scored.
“I was buzzing to be back though, particularly after virtually a month out with three Saturday games that I couldn’t play in.
“We’ve had a couple of reserve games in that time but that’s nothing like playing a first-team game.”
City were the better side for long periods at in-form Wycombe but Bowman insisted everybody at Bootham Crescent should still be satisfied with a point, reasoning: “People might say we should have kept the lead a bit longer and that we conceded a bad goal but, even though I thought we deserved more, it was a big point because they are flying at the moment.
“They had just won their last four and are right up there in the play-off positions, while we had only got four points all season but everyone played their part and did very well.”
Bowman was partnered with four-goal top marksman Ryan Jarvis after being hailed from the bench in Buckinghamshire and admitted that he enjoyed playing alongside the former Norwich attacker.
“He’s a very good player who I like and like to play with,” Bowman added. “He works hard and he’s good to play in front of or behind because I can flick the ball on to him and he can do the same for me.”
Worthington, meanwhile, welcomed the verdict of yesterday’s tribunal, saying: “It was spot on. It was exactly what the club offered so we are delighted with the outcome.
“We presented our case, which was that the player has come out of the Conference into the League and is finding his feet at this level.
“As much as he has scored goals in the Conference, he is yet to do so in the League, but I’ve just told him he can start scoring now.”
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