BOWMAN RED COSTS YORK
YORK substitute Ryan Bowman can expect more than a slap on the wrist from boss Nigel Worthington for the sending-off that left his team with a mammoth task at the Memorial Stadium.
Bowman had only been on the pitch for five minutes as a replacement for Wes Fletcher when he was shown a straight red card for a 43rd-minute penalty area dust-up with Tom Parkes, who was cautioned by referee Gary Sutton.
And while Worthington admitted to hearing conflicting reports, he was adamant that Bowman was treading a tight line in the first place.
“I’m told the linesman indicated that Ryan had pushed the Rovers player in the face, although I also heard their man had him by the scruff of the neck,” Worthington said.
“Whatever the case, all our players know the risk you run if you raise your arms, so if Ryan did that he can have no complaints.
“We started the game in an unacceptable fashion and gave away goals through schoolboy errors. You can’t expect to take anything when that happens.
“But after that we played some good football and managed to put Rovers under some pressure in the second half, despite their man advantage.”
Rovers were gifted their first two goals, both scored by David Clarkson, who volleyed the opener on three minutes after a mishit clearance from Tom Allan.
Half an hour later York goalkeeper Michael Ingham dropped a Michael Smith cross and Clarkson fired into the roof of the net.
York hit back four minutes before the interval when Lee Brown blocked a shot from Bowman and Ryan Jarvis was left with a simple tap-in.
Then Jarvis deservedly levelled with a fiercely struck 64th-minute penalty after a foul by Rovers defender Mark McChrystal was spotted by referee Gary Sutton.
The visitors were cock-a-hoop, but three minutes later John-Joe O’Toole fired the winner at the far post after young winger Alfie Santos had volleyed across goal.
And Rovers boss John Ward had a smile back on his face after his team bounced back from a poor performance at Newport County.
“The response was just what I wanted.We were positive from the outset and David Clarkson has produced two excellent finishes,” he said. “I am not a manager to hedge about things, but I genuinely didn’t see either the sending-off or the penalty incidents because I was following the ball.
“Having seen the penalty again on DVD, I don’t think it was a lot different to one we claimed in York’s box, but these decisions go for and against you over the course of a season.”
Ward has been without as many as ten first choice players, but the injury list is at last shortening.This was the first time this season that I have had some selection deci- sions to make,” he added. “But we lost Eliot Richards to a hamstring problem in training during the week so it’s swings and roundabouts at the moment.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footymad.net/
THAT’S ONE: Bristol Rovers’ David Clarkson slams in the opener before celebrating