Nahki Wells and Bristol City settle for a point as struggles continue
Nahki Wells and Bristol City were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw away to Coventry City in the Sky Bet Championship on New Year’s Day.
It was Coventry who started the brighter of the two sides with Martyn Waghorn forcing a save out of Max O'Leary after just two minutes.
The hosts broke the deadlock ten minutes later as Jake Bidwell opened his account for the campaign. Stealing the ball from Gustavo Hamer, the left back saw his initial effort well saved by O'Leary, only for the ball to fall back into his path for a simple headed rebound from close range.
The visitors responded well to the setback and levelled in the 28th minute through Antoine Semenyo. The 22-year-old started the move by breaking down the right, feeding Wells, whose shot was blocked, with Semenyo following up to slot the rebound past Ben Wilson.
With momentum behind them, Bristol City came close to going ahead with Coventry’s Viktor Gyokeres in the right place at the right time to head Kal Naismith’s effort off the line.
Andreas Weimann looked certain to snatch a winner after being picked out by Semenyo’s cut back, only for Callum Doyle to make an excellent block to deny the forward.
The result leaves Bristol City 19th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone after winning just one of their last ten matches.
Willie Clemons and Braintree Town also settled for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Chelmsford City in the Vanarama National League North on Sunday.
Braintree twice had to come from behind with Kyran Clements’s goal in first-half stoppage time cancelling out Tom Blackwell’s 23rd minute opener, while Lamar Reynolds levelled for a second time in the 56th minute after Reece Grant had put the visitors back in front eight minutes earlier.
There was disappointment for Justin Donawa and Solihull Moors after suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat at home against Vanarama National League high-flyers Wrexham yesterday.
An early opener from Jordan Tunnicliffe was added to by Thomas O’Connor after the break to gave the visitors a two-goal lead before Bartosz Cybulski grabbed a consolation for the home side in additional time.
It also proved a frustrating afternoon for Reggie Lambe and Stowmarket Town who fell to a 3-2 defeat at home against Felixstowe and Walton United in the Isthmain League North Division.
The visitors raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 25 minutes courtesy of goals from Charlie Warren, Oliver Canfer and Joe Whight putting their side firmly in control at the interval.
Chris Casement reduced the deficit in the 62nd minute before Ollie Sotoyinbo added a second for the home side with 11 minutes remaining as Stowmarket threatened a late comeback.
However, there was to be no late drama as United held firm in the closing stages to claim all three points.