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Bootham Crescent
York City v Salisbury City
  Conference Premier
Saturday, September 20th 2008, 3pm

By Adam Rock
(Salisbury City fan)

Well, this wasnít going to be the game I had been looking out for mainly because of the long trip up there, taking the wrong exit off of the motorway getting into York wasnít a bad thing though, going through the town centre which looked very busy but also very nice, arriving at the ground itself, I thought it was a bit strange that it was in the middle of three or four little streets, which meant very limited parking. Having found a spot off the main road to park on we made the five minute walk back towards the ground.


As we arrived around thirty minutes before kick off we headed towards the clubs social bar where there was a very friendly natured atmosphere, with both sets of fans sitting and chatting to each other.

The ground in my view is one of the nicer ones I have been to in the Blue Square Premier with a big seated stand on one side, a smaller seated stand on the other, and the terrace behind the goal which looked pretty much full, the away end was very different though, we donít usually have the best of followings, but never really find it hard to make a bit of atmosphere, but with this very large open terrace, found it hard.


The game, it was always going to be a tough one, we was sat nicely in second position and unbeaten in the first four away games, with York sitting around mid-table and with only one defeat so far in the season, we always new it was going to be tough to come here and get anything out of the game, even when you consider the 3-1 win we had there last season. Salisbury were hit by three or four injuries, we came out on top, having most of the possession, looking very dangerous going forward but not finding the back of the net, York were also looking very dangerous on the counter attack, going into the break 0-0 didnít really show the true story with Salisbury having the majority of the posession.


Going into the second half again it was Salisbury on top and were looking the best bet for a victory, after many chances they finally broke through the defence when defender Sean Clohessy making his debut on loan from Gillingham sprinted through the York defence smashing a right footed shot from 25 yards out, along the floor into the bottom corner leaving the York goalkeeper with no chance. Which had the Salisbury fans looking forward for the long trip home with all three points, unfortunately for them Salisbury seemed to sit back a bit after going ahead, and after a corner and a goal mouth scramble Daniel McBreen poked one home with only four minutes remaining on the clock.


There was very little atmosphere from the home fans in the first half, although speaking to a York fan after the game informed me that there was a protest of some description, in the second half there was a better atmosphere, mainly the same song over and over again though. As for the stewards, they kept out of the way and didnít say anything to anyone for the whole game. Food, although nice, I found a little bit on the expensive side with a regular sized cheeseburger over £3. The toilets, well you canít really say toilets by modern standards, open air and up against the wall type.. I also walked in to a group of flies, which I didnít particularly like.


Getting away from the ground was pretty simple, a few stops and starts which you would expect getting away from any football match, overall it was a good day out, decent fans and a very relaxed atmosphere, only downside was we didnít go back with all three points.

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