The Harriers will be kicking themselves tonight after being very unfortunate to have ended this game empty handed. After coming from behind with only ten men and then dominating the second half they fell behind to a late breakaway goal from Lee Nogan.
The game started with a surprise. Bo Henriksen sat on the bench to make way for Andy Bishop and Dean Bennett took the place of Danny Williams who was serving a one match ban.
Another surprise was the return of Andy Ducros
from his loan spell at Nuneaton. He was also on the bench.
The first chance of the game fell to the Harriers when Drewe Broughton headed wide while under pressure from a City defender.
It was the turn of York next with a better chance just a minute later. The Harriers defence had been caught napping already when Nogan's shot was pushed away by Stuart Brock but only to Duffield who came rushing in. It took some brave defending from Craig Hinton to hook the ball away from him and an even braver Duffield who was caught in the face by Hintons challenge.
After eight minutes York were forced into an early substitution. Chris Brass was involved in a collision with Broughton and after a long period of treatment eventually had to leave the field of play for good. Broughton was spoken to by the ref for his part in the incident.
The real action was very scrappy from both sides and made you wonder if any of them would manage to get a pass on target let alone a shot. Harriers were probably the more guilty of this than York.
On 17 minutes Broughton picked up the first yellow card of the game after a foul on Parkin. He also had another stern talking to by the ref.
York had a valid appeal for a penalty turned down two minutes later when Nogan was bought down in the area by a challenge from behind from Lee Ayres. However the referee waved away the York appeals.
The first City goal came soon after. 'JJ' had been sent from the pitch to change his pedal pushers after the ref had objected to them.
The ball was centered by the impressive Michael Reddy for Duffield and with the Harriers defence out numbered he laid the ball out to the totally unmarked Brackstone who made no mistake from the edge of the area.
Bishop wasted a great opportunity to level the scores on 35 minutes. Dean Bennett
sent in a low cross that was only half cleared by Parkin. The loose ball fell to Bishop and the on loan striker sent the ball careening over the bar from just six yards out with only the keeper to beat.
A few minutes later came the incident that was to change the game.
After already having received numerous lectures from referee Taylor the red mist descended over Drewes head yet again. The outcome of another clash with Parkin was decided with an elbow from Broughton and the ref didn't hesitate in taking his red card out and show the crowd that he'd had enough.
After Broughton had gone the ten men remaining started to get their act together and put some decent passes together and it was only minutes later that the equaliser came.
This time it was a through ball from Ayres that caught the York defence napping. Leaving the ball for the City keeper Fettis to clear was a mistake because he didn't see Andy Bishop coming on to the loose ball. The striker sprinted through and slid the ball under the legs of the stranded Fettis.
After that Bishop was inspired and had chance after chance to grab another but only equally inspired keeping and defending kept him out.