The Minstermen were promoted on their second visit to Wembley last season, having already won the FA Trophy there weeks earlier. Their promotion marked the end of an eight year stay in the Conference.
Doncaster Rovers v York City (14/04/2004)
York last visited Doncaster in 2004, towards the end of the Division Three league season. A defeat for York would see them relegated from the Football League whereas a win for Rovers would see them move to within a point of a second promotion in as many years.
It was the hosts that took the lead through GREGG BLUNDELL after only 5 minutes before Sunderland loanee CHRIS BROWN doubled the advantage three minute later.
York were next to score through a 25 yard free kick from DUNNING who beat Andy Warrington with ease.
CHRIS BROWN scored a second to seal the win after 57 minutes when he tapped in Michael McIndoe’s low cross.
The win therefore relegated York City and put Rovers one point away from promotion with 2 games remaining.
Match Action – First Half
Dean Saunders fielded a side that included 3 new signings, while he was only able to name 4 out of an allowed 7 substitutes.
The first half began with York on the front foot, and their first effort came in the second minute from Jonathan Smith with a 20 yard strike. The shot was saved by Gary Woods.
Rovers first shot came in the 16th minute after good some play by the visitors prevented the hosts getting into the game. David Cotterill’s corner was met by Tommy Spurr from close range, but his effort failed to trouble the visiting keeper.
Both sides continued to have chances throughout the remainder of the half with York having the much better of the possession. Rovers’ half was poor and they were lucky to be on level terms.
At the break
ROVERS 0-0 YORK
Match Action – Second Half
The second half was more equally fought than that of the first, but it was again York who took advantage. They opened the scoring in the 65th minute. MICHAEL COULSON struck an unstoppable shot from 25 yards after a good run. York were the deserved leaders.
Although Doncaster Rovers were edging closer to equalising, it looked unlikely they would find the net. That was until David Cotterill was brought down in the box by Lee Bullock in the 73rd minute. CHRIS BROWN stepped up to score the spot kick, striking low into the left of the net.
Both sides again came close in the remainder of normal time but neither could make a breakthrough.
MATCH ACTION – Extra-Time
The extra time period provided little entertainment, and neither side came close to scoring another. The game needed penalties to settle the tie.
MATCH ACTION – Penalties
(o)=goal scored (x)=miss
Brown (o) Coulson (x)
Woods (o) Challinor (o)
Bennett (o) Potts (o)
Blake (o) Blair (x)
How it finished
ROVERS 1-1 YORK (AET)
Doncaster Rovers won 4-2 on penalties.
vikingsbloggen MOTM – David Cotterill.Referee – G. Salisbury.
Attendance – 4,937. Match Rating – 5/10. Atmosphere Rating – 7/10.
How they lined up
Quinn Jones Spurr Husband
Coppinger Woods Keegan Cotterill
And on the bench… Maxted, Wakefield (Quinn – 95), Blake (Cotterill – 106), Syers (Keegan – 57).
Doig Smith Parslow Fyfield
Bullock Smith McLaughlin Walker
And on the bench… Musselwhite, Blanchett, Blair (Walker – 78), Potts (Smith – 112), Challinor (McLaughlin – 87), Johnson, Henderson.