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Saturday 20th March 1999: Meadow Park

CITY vs. Burton Albion

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

City's dreams of an improbable late charge for the Championship were snuffed out with a late winner from former player David Holmes. City had started with an adventurous line-up, putting Jamie Smith in for his first start, alongside both Hemmo and Mings. Despite City having set their stall out for all out attack they created few openings and spent most of their energy holding out against some determined Albion pressure.

For all the scrappy midfield play this was an even game with both sides trading blows in the opposing penalty area. Burton saw an early header come back off the bar after some unusually slack marking by Niblett. City then saw two good openings wasted, one when young Smith shot wide from a Mings pullback, and then Mings himself was penalised after the unloved Albion keeper Nick Goodwin dropped a corner.

For all that City were successfully smothering the midfield, Burns and Thorne senior were industrious rather than inventive. As so often this season city's only real outlet was the pace of Hemmings, and Hemmo was able to force a series of corners which seemed to offer Gloucester their best chance of nicking a lead. The best chance actually fell to Hemmo, who saw his shot cleared off the line after Niblett's initial effort had caused a six-yard scramble.

City ended the half thankful to still be on level terms as poor finishing from a header let them off the hook. The Tigers were then saved by a superb stop from Mountain who palmed the ball way from the onrushing Anderson. Burton manager Nigel Clough then found himself booked for a late tackle on Mings, with Mings treading on him for good measure.

Early in the second half City spurned a golden chance when Smith tore away down the right and sent over a low cross, only for Hemmo to put his chance clean over the T-End when it seemed impossible to fail to score. Both sides threw on subs as they tried to get the elusive goal, and it seemed the Albion replacements were having more impact as another Burton header rebounded of Gloucester's crossbar. Mainwaring came off the bench for City, soon to be followed by the strange decision to replace Mings with Fergie.

The last 15 minutes saw a much more open contest, with Holloway finding space to attack down the right and Burns looking the most accomplished player on the park. With City showing more spirit than they had for the rest of the match it was ironic that Albion then stole all three points. Former City winger David Holmes had been well marshalled by Holloway, but with only two minutes left Holmes ran on to a long pass and lifted the ball over Mountain from 20 yards. Little time remained, except for Burns to exchange pleasantries with a few Burton fans, and for the pitiful Goodwin to continue his long running feud with the City fans.

After the match City boss Brian Hughes was forced to concede defeat in the chase for the title, city had been hoping for a 100% March to close the gap on leaders Nuneaton and set up a crucial clash on April 10th. Hughes has now set his stall out for second place.

Mountain L0-1
Holloway Half-time
W.Thorne 0-0
G.Thorne Att.
Kemp (c) 617
Niblett City Scorers
Burns Bookings
Mings Position
Hemmings 2nd

Mainwaring (for Smith,63) WWWWDL
Fergusson (for Mings,80) Report
Callinan T.Towel

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