Match report: York City 0, Gillingham 0

The returning Michael Rankine agonises at a near effort

Ashley Chambers takes on his man

York City newcomer John McGrath is right in the thick of the action

skipper Scott Kerr rises high to direct a header towards the Gillingham goal

ohn McGrath, left, goes close and is consoled by fellow loan debutant Michael Rankine

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YORK City held high-flying Gillingham with a much-improved performance at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen were the better side in the first half and, despite Gills substitute Charlie Lee crashing a 35-yard volley against the crossbar late on, Gary Mills’ team remained resolute and deserved the point that prevented their opponents returning to the top of the table.

By keeping a clean sheet, Michael Ingham also celebrated his 100th shut-out for the club.

City boss Mills made four changes to the side that started Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Wycombe.

Midfielder John McGrath was given his full debut for the Minstermen and Michael Rankine kicked off his second spell at Bootham Crescent following his loan switch from Aldershot.

Ashley Chambers and Jon Challinor also earned recalls, while top scorer Jason Walker, Paddy McLaughlin and Michael Potts dropped to the bench.

Captain Chris Smith, meanwhile, was left out altogether due to a foot injury.

The much-changed hosts set a good tempo from the first whistle, closing down their high-flying opponents quickly and breaking forward equally as swiftly at every opportunity.

Rankine made his physical presence felt from the off and teed up an early chance for Curtis Obeng that the on-loan Swansea reserve, playing in midfield, fired across the face of goal.

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At the other end, Chris Whelpdale’s header from a Charlie Allen cross was comfortably saved by Michael Ingham and right-back Matt Fish dragged a 20-yard effort wide of the City ’keeper’s left-hand post.

Rankine’s header from a Challinor centre then called Gills ’keeper Stuart Nelson into action before Cody McDonald wasted a great chance for the visitors when he blazed high into the side-netting from an unfavourable angle with unmarked striking partner Dean Burton screaming for a square pass.

The hosts dominated the rest of the first half, however, with McGrath lifting a 25-yard shot over when he spotted Nelson off his line after Adam Barrett had intercepted Jamal Fyfield’s through ball.

On 27 minutes, Rankine met another Challinor cross but his header lacked the power to trouble Nelson and McGrath also fired wide from the edge of the penalty box.

The Gills’ defence was being given all sorts of problems aerially by Rankine in the penalty box and Leon Legge was fortunate to get away with a clear shirt tug on the strapping striker with referee Stephen Martin mysteriously awarding a free-kick the other way.

Matty Blair then fired wide of Nelson’s near post after charging on to a Rankine flick-on.

A Fyfield cross was headed over by Obeng moments later before two Rankine headers, from dangerously-delivered Chambers corners, were cleared off the line by harassed Gills defenders in quick succession.

McGrath fired an early second-half 20-yard effort out of the ground after Rankine’s low drive had been blocked at the near post, but Ingham had to be alert to keep out a thumping long-distance Andy Frampton attempt at the other end.

The Minstermen were also thankful for McDonald’s profligacy on 52 minutes when the on-loan Coventry striker headed over from five yards following an excellent Joe Martin cross.

Gillingham continued to grow stronger with Fish firing wide from 35 yards.

A sign of the visitors’ greater threat was seen by Rankine’s strength being used just as often in his own penalty box as that of the opposition.

But Nelson was forced into his first save of the second period on 79 minutes when Blair fired firmly at the near post after cutting in from the left.

Gills substitute Lee went closest to claiming the points, however, when his 35-yard dipping volley struck Ingham’s crossbar on 85 minutes.
 

Match facts

York City
Michael Ingham 8, Jon Challinor 8, Dan Parslow 8, Jack O’Connell 9, Jamal Fyfield 8, Scott Kerr 8, John McGrath 9, Curtis Obeng 8, Matty Blair 8, Michael Rankine 9, Ashley Chambers 8.

Substitutes: Alex Rodman (for Challinor, 76 min), Patrick McLaughlin (for Chambers 81). Subs not used: Paul Musselwhite, Jason Walker, Michael Potts, Ben Everson, Tom Allan.

Star man: Jack O’Connell – gave a very mature display at centre-back.

Gillingham
Stuart Nelson, Matt Fish, Leon Legge, Adam Barrett, Joe Martin, Charlie Allen (Myles Weston 46), Anton Robinson (Charlie Lee 85), Andy Frampton, Chris Whelpdale, Deon Burton (Adam Birchall 64), Cody McDonald. Subs (not used): Callum Davies, Bradley Dack, Tommy Forecast, Steven Gregory.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Referee rating: 5/10.

Booked: Martin 26, Fish 53.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 2,699 (202 Gills fans).

Shots on target: City 5, Gills 3.

Shots off target: City 7, Gills 4.

Corners: City 5, Gills 5.

Fouls conceded: City 10, Gills 15.

Offsides: City 0, Gills 2.

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12:33pm Wed 13 Feb 13

YorkCityLuke says...

No team in this league has conceded fewer goals on the road than Gillingham, and so although we didn't hit the target, it's not altogether surprising - and we did come very close a couple of times.

For me, the highlight of the match was the defensive performance. O'Connel and (my personal) man of the match Parslow kept the Gills forwards at bay very well, and fielded crosses into the box much better than we have done recently. Gillingham were clearly a decent, solid side, but their best chances were excellent long-range drives - for me, that shows the defense were doing their jobs well. Ingham made a couple of good saves, but generally the back four kept the pressure off him.
No team in this league has conceded fewer goals on the road than Gillingham, and so although we didn't hit the target, it's not altogether surprising - and we did come very close a couple of times. For me, the highlight of the match was the defensive performance. O'Connel and (my personal) man of the match Parslow kept the Gills forwards at bay very well, and fielded crosses into the box much better than we have done recently. Gillingham were clearly a decent, solid side, but their best chances were excellent long-range drives - for me, that shows the defense were doing their jobs well. Ingham made a couple of good saves, but generally the back four kept the pressure off him. YorkCityLuke
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1:12pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Phil, Leeds says...

Really good performance from City last night, all the players deserve great credit. Michael Rankine was immense, def motm for me but also worthy of mention were John McGrath, at last someone who can run the midfield with vision and Dan Parslow and Jack O'Connell proved a very solid centre back pairing - Chris Smith may have to wait a while to get his place back. Great to have Ashley Chambers back but so unlucky for Jon Challinor who deserved his chance but now out for several weeks. Great game, really enjoyed it, now let's get 3 points against Barnet with just the 1 enforced change for Saturday.
Really good performance from City last night, all the players deserve great credit. Michael Rankine was immense, def motm for me but also worthy of mention were John McGrath, at last someone who can run the midfield with vision and Dan Parslow and Jack O'Connell proved a very solid centre back pairing - Chris Smith may have to wait a while to get his place back. Great to have Ashley Chambers back but so unlucky for Jon Challinor who deserved his chance but now out for several weeks. Great game, really enjoyed it, now let's get 3 points against Barnet with just the 1 enforced change for Saturday. Phil, Leeds
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1:29pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Southern Exile says...

Paddy or Pottsy in for Challinor on Saturday and have another go at 3pts lads, COYR!!
Paddy or Pottsy in for Challinor on Saturday and have another go at 3pts lads, COYR!! Southern Exile
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1:34pm Wed 13 Feb 13

openallhours says...

Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC.
Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC. openallhours
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1:39pm Wed 13 Feb 13

YoRkIe59 says...

what a shame we couldnt just have nicked a goal and the 3 points deserved or otherwise i think we are due a little bit of luck.ive never massively rated Rankine but he could just turn out to be an inspired signing,if his effort is maintained,id hope he,d be wanting to impress if he dos,nt seem to be in favour at Aldershot.
what a shame we couldnt just have nicked a goal and the 3 points deserved or otherwise i think we are due a little bit of luck.ive never massively rated Rankine but he could just turn out to be an inspired signing,if his effort is maintained,id hope he,d be wanting to impress if he dos,nt seem to be in favour at Aldershot. YoRkIe59
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2:31pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Al-YCFC says...

Well done City, great way to bounce back.
Well done City, great way to bounce back. Al-YCFC
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6:21pm Wed 13 Feb 13

pip007 says...

Three points against Barnet would be nice. However, the form tables makes grim reading. http://www.footballf
ormguide.net/form/np
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Three points against Barnet would be nice. However, the form tables makes grim reading. http://www.footballf ormguide.net/form/np ower-league-2 pip007
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6:53pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Tug job says...

Good to read some positive comments on this site, for a change. Gills fans and media also reocgnise City played well. Just wish I could have been there myself. Here's hoping they turn in another good shift on Saturday and get the three points.
Good to read some positive comments on this site, for a change. Gills fans and media also reocgnise City played well. Just wish I could have been there myself. Here's hoping they turn in another good shift on Saturday and get the three points. Tug job
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8:19pm Wed 13 Feb 13

duffy says...

openallhours wrote:
Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC.
Which does need to be remembered. It's a sad indication of how far expectations have dropped that a draw at home is celebrated to the level it has been. We do need to start winning if we want to climb the table and I'm expecting that to happen on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC.[/p][/quote]Which does need to be remembered. It's a sad indication of how far expectations have dropped that a draw at home is celebrated to the level it has been. We do need to start winning if we want to climb the table and I'm expecting that to happen on Saturday. duffy
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10:06pm Wed 13 Feb 13

redbluelion says...

well done all the players last night much better performance..im now sat eating humble pie..good look saturday lets bag the whole 3pts this time..im happy now.
well done all the players last night much better performance..im now sat eating humble pie..good look saturday lets bag the whole 3pts this time..im happy now. redbluelion
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10:55pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Dortmun says...

It would appear that a clean up operation has been carried out lol
It would appear that a clean up operation has been carried out lol Dortmun
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11:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

Tug job says...

duffy wrote:
openallhours wrote: Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC.
Which does need to be remembered. It's a sad indication of how far expectations have dropped that a draw at home is celebrated to the level it has been. We do need to start winning if we want to climb the table and I'm expecting that to happen on Saturday.
I think a good perfomance and a draw at home against the side second in the table is a very creditable result: the more so since it followed two poor perfomances. If is a good platform to build on.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Despite a massive improvement, we've dropped another 2 points at home. Factor in the low crowd and the inability to hit the back of the net, we're certainly not out of the woods yet. The Longhurst was our 12th man last night and hopefully more of the same on Saturday against Edgar Davids FC.[/p][/quote]Which does need to be remembered. It's a sad indication of how far expectations have dropped that a draw at home is celebrated to the level it has been. We do need to start winning if we want to climb the table and I'm expecting that to happen on Saturday.[/p][/quote]I think a good perfomance and a draw at home against the side second in the table is a very creditable result: the more so since it followed two poor perfomances. If is a good platform to build on. Tug job
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6:45pm Thu 14 Feb 13

SamYCFC says...

keep smith out the team. clean sheet without him is no coincidence.
keep smith out the team. clean sheet without him is no coincidence. SamYCFC
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11:29am Fri 15 Feb 13

MinstermenNorway says...

We did very well on tuesday and could have nicked all 3 points in the end.
Keep it up at this level and we will beat Barnet tomorrow!

McGrath was very positive and hopefully he can continue like this! O'Connell did well, together with Blair and Kerr!
A major blow to lose Challinor.
Good fun to see Rankine back in the famous shirt!

Come on City!
We did very well on tuesday and could have nicked all 3 points in the end. Keep it up at this level and we will beat Barnet tomorrow! McGrath was very positive and hopefully he can continue like this! O'Connell did well, together with Blair and Kerr! A major blow to lose Challinor. Good fun to see Rankine back in the famous shirt! Come on City! MinstermenNorway
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