Forest Green Rovers 1 York City 1

Last updated : 12 February 2005 By Footymad Previewer
A point is a point and it was badly needed with Farnborough, just above Forest Green, losing to Burton Albion.

But with Northwich gaining another three points, Rovers are looking over their shoulders at the side just a point behind after their win at Canvey Island and still with two games in hand which if they convert into further points could leave Rovers second from bottom.

This game was almost a carbon copy of the week before against Leigh RMI. Two sides struggling near the bottom of the table, with a lot of attempted passes going astray.

Rovers almost gifted York a goal after just nine minutes, Steve Perrin making his 200th appearance for the club handled a backpass by team captain John Richardson, but City striker Paul Robinson's direct attempt crashed against the Forest Green wall.

Scrappy play ensured that there were no other chances until ten minutes from half-time. A Darren Davies mistake gave possession to Byron Webster who fed the ball through for Andy Bishop and he fired the ball from a tight angle past Perrin into the right-hand corner.

York came close to going further in front two minutes after the interval, Kevin Donovan wriggled past two Forest Green defenders and his cross found David Merris, whose looping header went wide of the right-hand post.

Merris came close again just after the hour, this time Damon Searle gave the ball away just outside his own area and the ball was laid off for the City defender, whose first-time drive was tipped over by Perrin.

Rovers were handed a crucial lifeline 17 minutes from the end. Des Lyttle's lofted pass into the York penalty area was missed by Chris Porter and captain Paul Groves handled the ball as he tried to gain control, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot.

Rovers' leading goalscorer Charlie Griffin stepped up and slotted the ball into the right-hand corner.