FULL TIME: Accrington Stanley 1 York City 1

GEORGE Bowerman’s goal gave Accrington Stanley a point in their League Two fixture at home to York City.

Former Stanley loanee Wes Fletcher had put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, but Bowerman levelled just before half time.

Stanley named 19-year-old Andrew Dawber in goal after loan keeper Marcus Bettinelli was recalled by Fulham.

The Reds almost went ahead on the half hour mark when Aaron McCarey made a good save to keep out James Gray’s header, but York were ahead in the 35th minute.

Former Burnley striker Fletcher, who once had a loan spell at Stanley, scored from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Dean Winnard in the box.

Bowerman put Stanley back on level terms on the stroke of half time, however, as he turned home from close range after Piero Mingoia’s cross had caused the York defence problems.

Stanley looked for a winner in the second half, but the game ended all square.

Stanley: Andrew Dawber, Nicky Hunt, Dean Winnard, Tom Aldred, Lee Naylor, Kal Naismith, Luke Joyce, Peter Murphy, Piero Mingoia, George Bowerman, James Gray (Danny Webber 70). Subs not used: Rob Atkinson, Michael Liddle, Michael Richardson, Will Hatfield, Shay McCartan, Josh Windass.

York: Aaron McCarey, Luke O’Neill, Keith Lowe, David McGurk, Ben Davies, Lanre Odebanjo (Michael Coulson 46), Josh Carson, Lewis Montrose, Elliott Whitehouse, Ryan Jarvis (Ryan Bowman 69), Wes Fletcher. Subs not used: Michael Ingham, Jamal Fyfield, Tom Platt, Sander Puri, Ashley Chambers.

Attendance: 2,009 (away 717).

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2:41pm Fri 27 Dec 13

GazMataz says...

Yes, we were at home, yes, York are below us in the League, yes, on reflection of the play we probably deserved all three points, but in a Boxing Day fixture, against a rival when we played nowhere near our best and conceded a very soft penalty (probably just about was, but Fletcher was looking for it the moment the ball came towrds him), oh and with a keeper making to my knowledge his first league start in front of a large hostile away following then a draw is a good result.
Few things worth mentioning, Naismith is undoubtedly a real talent but being kind I would say he's trying to do too much, lets just hope his recent scoring form hasn't gone to his head and he's started believing his own hype. He's a great player for our level but the same can be said of all our attack minded players and he doesn't have to do everything on his own.
Then of course there's Dawber, I'm not blind to the fact that he rushed rather recklessly off his line a number of times, but the only goal to get passed him was a penalty and he made some good claims and punches. He certainly didn't deserve some of the flack he got from so called 'fans'.
It annoys me as much, if not more than most when goalkeepers take forever over goalkicks. Never mind the situation of the game it takes quite a few minutes away from the ninety I pay to watch, but for the home crowd to get on a young lads back who is 'one of our own' is not acceptable. I would ask these people if they would rather he took a quick goal kick and risked, slipping and giving it striaght to thier attack - leading to a goal and defeat, but more worrying a destruction of confidence. or would they rather he took that few extra seconds to compose himself and do his upmost to ensure we don't lose?
Peter Murphy who also came through our youth ranks had a quiet game by his standards, many misplaced passes, many miscontrols but rather than get on his back the crowd sang his name...Dawber should get the same respect. He certainly played better than opposite number Aron McCarey who has more experience and even youth caps. (side point, McCarey gave me more giggles than should be allowed at a game of football, pure comedy gold).
I can only hope that with Burnley being in the North East and the home end being more packed than recent that was the source of negativity toward our young keeper, then again it could well be the 'Beattie Out' merchants - that turned against you and showed just how little you know pretty quickly didn't it.
Shut up - or ship out. Get behind our team - or get lost.
Anyone 'brave' enough to give Dawber grief should also be brave enough to ask the club to attend a training session and have the likes of Naismith and Gray blast some shots at them then see how much they feel like giving a home grown talent abuse after that.
All in all a decent piont, another game without defeat and another home game to come, very much enjoying being a Stanley fan again.
Yes, we were at home, yes, York are below us in the League, yes, on reflection of the play we probably deserved all three points, but in a Boxing Day fixture, against a rival when we played nowhere near our best and conceded a very soft penalty (probably just about was, but Fletcher was looking for it the moment the ball came towrds him), oh and with a keeper making to my knowledge his first league start in front of a large hostile away following then a draw is a good result. Few things worth mentioning, Naismith is undoubtedly a real talent but being kind I would say he's trying to do too much, lets just hope his recent scoring form hasn't gone to his head and he's started believing his own hype. He's a great player for our level but the same can be said of all our attack minded players and he doesn't have to do everything on his own. Then of course there's Dawber, I'm not blind to the fact that he rushed rather recklessly off his line a number of times, but the only goal to get passed him was a penalty and he made some good claims and punches. He certainly didn't deserve some of the flack he got from so called 'fans'. It annoys me as much, if not more than most when goalkeepers take forever over goalkicks. Never mind the situation of the game it takes quite a few minutes away from the ninety I pay to watch, but for the home crowd to get on a young lads back who is 'one of our own' is not acceptable. I would ask these people if they would rather he took a quick goal kick and risked, slipping and giving it striaght to thier attack - leading to a goal and defeat, but more worrying a destruction of confidence. or would they rather he took that few extra seconds to compose himself and do his upmost to ensure we don't lose? Peter Murphy who also came through our youth ranks had a quiet game by his standards, many misplaced passes, many miscontrols but rather than get on his back the crowd sang his name...Dawber should get the same respect. He certainly played better than opposite number Aron McCarey who has more experience and even youth caps. (side point, McCarey gave me more giggles than should be allowed at a game of football, pure comedy gold). I can only hope that with Burnley being in the North East and the home end being more packed than recent that was the source of negativity toward our young keeper, then again it could well be the 'Beattie Out' merchants - that turned against you and showed just how little you know pretty quickly didn't it. Shut up - or ship out. Get behind our team - or get lost. Anyone 'brave' enough to give Dawber grief should also be brave enough to ask the club to attend a training session and have the likes of Naismith and Gray blast some shots at them then see how much they feel like giving a home grown talent abuse after that. All in all a decent piont, another game without defeat and another home game to come, very much enjoying being a Stanley fan again. GazMataz

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