Prolong The Inevitable
April 29, 2016
York City and Bristol Rovers meet as two fourth tier clubs on Saturday 30th April 2016.
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But in four months’ time, there could be two divisions between them.
York’s relegation was confirmed with a 3-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Saturday but it had been coming..
Issues behind the scenes have affected York, yet another contributing factor is the lack of stability in the first team.
The defence, which has conceded 82 goals this season, is made up predominantly of inexperienced loanees.
York’s only defender with any knowhow is Dave Winfield, who has shown some leadership qualities this season.
The fact that Keith Lowe left mid-season for Kidderminster represented a clear sign that all was not well.
The lack of leadership has culminated in an inability to defend leads, having dropped 28 points from winning positions.
By contrast, Bristol Rovers have dropped just four points from 21 matches in which they scored the first goal.
They were strong defensively last season and that is something they have taken into this campaign.
Their defenders have been at the club for a long time and therefore been given the chance to learn each other’s game.
There is a lack of leadership and direction at York City, on and off the field and that is why they are going down.
By contrast, Bristol Rovers have a stable squad, an exciting, passionate manager in Darrell Clarke and rich owners.
Regardless of whether or not they go up this season, Wael Al-Qadi will be willing to invest in quality additions.
It seems Bristol Rovers are bound to become a League One club with their current setup.
Missing out on promotion this season will only prolong the inevitable.