In a game that won’t live too long in the memory, Torquay United earned a hard earned point on the road against a York City side fighting for survival in the National League.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson brought Ben Gerring back into the starting eleven after the defender recovered by a back injury. Loanee Paul Rooney took a place on the bench after starting against Braintree last time out.
The first half suffered from multiple stoppages that frustrated both sides.
In 45 minutes that failed to inspire the crowd, United did start well. Ben Gerring’s turn and shot in the 3rd minute pulled out the best from York City goalkeeper Kyle Letheren to keep the ball out.
United skipper Courtney Richards stopped a counter attack in the 6th minute and picked up a yellow card for his troubles. The midfielder walked a tightrope for the rest of the game but was responsible for bailing United out of trouble on more than one occasion.
United were caught once again and Rhys Murphy had the ball in the net in the 13th minute but was pulled up for a foul in the build-up.
York Striker Jon Parkin tried a chip in an effort to catch out Brendan Moore in the 23rd minute. Moore had it covered and Parkin’s effort cleared the bar in any case.
And then came a barrage of stoppages that harmed the flow of the game. The Minstermen were guilty of most of the infringements but a lighter hand from the referee may have helped the game gather momentum.
The second half was an improvement, and both sides had at least one guilt-edged chance to take all three points.
First came York’s effort, and United had Brendan Moore to thank for being equal to a Jon Parkin looping header. It was a fantastic save, but one that is becoming run of the mill for our talented ‘keeper.
York forced a chaotic spell inside United’s penalty box which led to Richards and Moore clearing off the goal line.
Then it was United’s turn to spurn a good chance. Substitute Brett Williams went on a run and forced Letheren to palm the ball out for a corner from an acute angle. Ben Gerring’s flick on from the corner found Nathan Blissett. He redirected the ball at goal but Letheren was there again to claw the ball away from goal.
Jon Parkin struck the outside of Brendan Moore’s post as the game entered its final stages.
York then spurned another chance to win it in the 88th minute when he was set on goal from a long ball forward. He looked likely to score but his effort hit the side netting.
United secured their sixth draw of the season in a match that could have gone against them in the second half.
157 Gulls fans made it to Bootham Crescent. Thank you for your fantastic support!
All eyes now point to Boxing Day when United take on Forest Green Rovers at Plainmoor in a 3pm kick-off. You can buy tickets here.