YORK City lost their way in the mist to throw away a two-goal lead and share the spoils at home to Leamington.

Perplexed home boss Sam Collins admitted afterwards that he didn’t have the foggiest how his side had contrived to drop two precious points, having been in the ascendancy thanks to a pair of Jordan Burrow goals, each scored within five second-half minutes either side of the hour mark.

Alex Bray had won the penalty and free kick that led to Burrow’s tenth and 11th goals of the season but he was substituted and back-slapped off the pitch moments later, with the game seemingly won against a visiting team that had barely mustered an attack all night.

But, without the elusive on-loan Rotherham winger, City somehow evaded a terrific opportunity to end their 11-month wait for back-to-back league wins as an ominous blanket of vapour descended on Bootham Crescent.

Amid the murkiness, Colby Bishop matched Burrow with a brace of his own – the second an unmarked header on 86 minutes - to brighten up the night for the 26 visiting fans behind Adam Bartlett’s goal.

Earlier, a low-key first half, bordering on tedium, saw the best chance fall to recalled striker Jake Wright after only seven minutes.

Following a long passing move, he was sent clear through the right channel after Burrow flicked on Joe Tait’s forward pass with his head.

But the former Harrogate Town striker overran the ball and his eventual shot was easily smothered by outrushing away keeper Tony Breeden.

Very little else was created before the interval with Burrow and Kallum Griffiths shooting wide and high following respective efforts just outside the penalty box.

At the other end, Callum Gittings’ ambitious 35-yard half-volley that drifted over the home bar was the Brakes’ only attempt of the first period, while a Burrow header from Griffiths’ free kick and a 20-yard shot on the turn by Wright were both routinely gathered by Breeden.

In the second period, Kieran Dunbar flashed a 25-yard effort just wide for the visitors, while City midfielder Adriano Moke saw his edge-of-the-box attempt deflected over, before the hosts made the breakthrough on 56 minutes.

A positive run into the box by Bray was halted by Reece Flanagan’s panicked challenge and Burrow buried the resulting penalty to Breeden’s left as the Leamington keeper dived in the opposite direction.

After Flanagan’s highly-ambitious, 45-yard lob was safely caught by Bartlett, Burrow then bagged his second of the night a minute past the hour.

Bray was fouled again to win his side a free kick that was floated into the box by Griffiths and, when Leamington cleared their lines, Burrow was waiting to smash a 12-yard drive into the roof of the net.

City sub Lewis Hawkins went on drag wide from the edge of the box, but the visitors reduced the deficit on 70 minutes when slack home defending saw Bishop in the clear through the right channel and the former Notts County striker emphatically fired across the goal into Bartlett’s bottom corner from 12 yards.

Shortly afterwards, with the momentum of the game having swiftly changed, Gittings charged clear through the left channel but shot wide of Bartlett’s far post.

The Minstermen briefly rallied with Burrow denied from close range and sub Macaulay Langstaff blasting over twice from the edge of the box.

Leamington levelled, however, on 86 minutes when the impressive Flanagan sent in a corner from the left and Bishop rose unopposed at the far post to head in despite efforts to keep the ball out on the home line.

In response, Griffiths dragged a hurried 25-yard shot wide, but the night ended with City having thrown away a leading position against Leamington to draw 2-2 for the third time in as many meetings with the Warwickshire minnows.

City ratings

Adam Bartlett 6

Joe Davis 6

Joe Tait 6

Kennedy Digie 6

Sean Newton 5

Kallum Griffiths 6

Adriano Moke 6

Alex Harris 5

Alex Bray 6

Jordan Burrow 8

Jake Wright 5

Substitutes: Macaulay Langstaff 6 (for Wright, 46), Lewis Hawkins 5 (for Bray, 64).

Subs not used: Joe Ironside, Josh Law, David Ferguson.

Star man: Burrow – won endless balls in the air and took his goals well

Leamington: Tony Breeden, Junior English, Jamie Hood (Jack Lane, 68), James Mace, Connor Gudger, Kieran Dunbar, Reece Flanagan, Callum Gittings, Connor Taylor (Ahmed Obeng, 68), Jack Edwards (Anthony Dwyer, 79), Colby Bishop. Subs not used: Joe Clarke, James Bowen.

Leamington star man: Bishop – afforded space in home box but ruthless with his finishes

Referee: Adam Herczeg 7/10 – odd iffy call, but generally decent

Booked: Gittings 17, Mace 39, Davis 80

Sent off: None

Attendance: 1,938 (26 from Leamington)

Shots on target: City 7, Leamington 3

Shots off target: City 6, Leamington 3

Corners: City 5, Leamington 4

Fouls conceded: City 13, Leamington 10

Offside: City 0, Leamington 2