15:45 Saturday 14 December 2013

FULL-TIME: Burton Albion 1, York City 1

Written byDavid Broome

BURTON Albion rescued a point but failed to take full advantage of a struggling York City side in a mainly drab draw at the Pirelli Stadium today.

The Brewers fell behind to a Shane Cansdell Sherriff own goal, but Billy Kee struck his second goal in two games to level the scores, and neither side could find a winner.

Gary Rowett made one change to the team who earned an FA Cup replay at Fleetwood Town last Saturday, with Adam McGurk not risked after being knocked unconscious in that game, and replaced by Kee.

York had the first chance, as Lanre Oyebanjo headed at Lyness, before Josh Carson's powerful shot from the edge of the area was deflected for a corner.

But Albion came closest to opening the scoring when Robbie Weir screamed for the ball and Alex MacDonald delivered, but Weir's first-time shot was weak and gobbled up by Aaron McCarey.

Wes Fletcher shot over and MacDonald fired a free-kick wide, before Lee Bell's piledriver was beaten away and MacDonald nodded Damien McCrory's cross straight at McCarey.

The best chance of the opening half also belonged to Albion as a neat interchange between McCrory and MacDonald saw the latter's low cross taeasingly out of reach of Rene Howe, who looked set to tap home from a yard out.

Chris Hussey was then twice off target as the half drew to a goalless close.

Albion started the second-half strongly, but found themselves behind in the 63rd minute when, somewhat against the run of play, substitute Michael Coulson's cross saw Cansdell-Sherriff, under pressure from Fletcher and Ryan Jarvis, glance a header past Lyness.

But York were ahead for just eight minutes, as McCrory's ball forward was taken down by Kill, who brushed past Keith Lowe before smashing a low shot past McCarey at his near post.

Robbie Weir cleared off the line and substitute Jimmy Phillips tapped wide in the closing minutes.

BREWERS: Lyness; Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell, McCrory; MacDonald (Phillips), Bell (c), Weir, Hussey (Palmer), Kee, Howe; subs: Siegrist (gk), Knowles, Symes, Phillips, Holness, Palmer, Diamond.

MINSTERMEN: McCarey; O'Neill (Coulson), McGurk (c), Lowe, Davies; Oyebanjo, Carson, Montrise, Whitehouse; Jarvis, Fletcher; subs: Clay, Chambers, Platt, Murray, Dickinson, Puri.

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