If you lived in the one of those flats overlooking the Bootham Crescent pitch then you would probably have drawn the curtains at some point in the first half. With a strong wind and ninety tonnes of sand freshly deposited on the pitch it was never going to be a game for the purists. The home fans soon grew restless with referee Chris Kavanagh, who allowed Wycombe Wanderers to time waste and frustrate the Minsterman pretty much from the first whistle. However, York City are unbeaten in the the league since January (not including play offs) so most of the travelling fans would have gladly taken a point before kick off.
Following the excellent performance at Stevenage, I was in an optimistic mood on the train up to the game. Nigel Worthington had been chopping and changing his goalkeeper and back four with no wins or clean sheets in the first four games. I was still optimistic at half time, despite an unchanged Wycombe offering nothing as an attacking force, which I put down to playing into the strong wind. However, the second half was more of the same with York having plenty of efforts on goal, all of which were comfortably dealt with by Matt Ingram. It was the away side who finally created something and had the two clearest chances of the match, Steven Craig shooting straight at Ingham after good work down the right and Paul Hayes getting stuck in the sand following a great ball by substitute Kretzschmar.
The real positives from game were the fantastic performances of Alfie Mawson and Aaron Pierre at centre backs. Jake Hyde had terrorised the Wycombe backline for Barnet the season before last and Michael Coulson is a tricky customer in League Two, but both were kept at bay. Aaron Holloway also looked menacing coming off the bench in the second half. Here are the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth after the game talking on BBC Three Counties…
Despite Bootham Crescent being a bit decrepit with terrible ISDN lines (apologies for those listening on Chairboys Player for the cut outs), York is a tremendous away day. I can heartily recommend the Golden Ball which is a bit off the beaten track but it’s within the walls and a great pub. Also, the pies at the York Tap, which is at the train station, are excellent.
Back to Adams Park on Tuesday night for the magic of The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Keith Scott will be joining us on BBC Three Counties and Chairboys Player for the game against Coventry City.