York CityÂ’s biggest crowd of the season of almost 8,000 was treated to an exciting local derby that ended with the sides taking a share of the points.
Hull brought 3,500 fans and they were almost given an early boost when Dean KeatesÂ’ 20-yard free kick in the fourth minute was palmed around the post by the outstanding Alan Fettis.
Ian AshbeeÂ’s corner was poorly hit along the deck but with the ball delivered goalwards Fettis once more made a superb reflex save.
York's early opportunities came from Michael ReddyÂ’s pace. He went on a 30-yard run ghosting past three defenders but then screwed his shot wide, before another run and cross should have brought the opening goal but top scorer Peter Duffield headed his effort wide.
The opening goal came in the 33rd minute and was Darren EdmondsonÂ’s first for the club.
Lee Bullock squared the ball to Christian Fox who sprayed the ball wide to Edmondson.
Moving inside to the edge of the box, Edmondson unleashed an unstoppable left-foot drive into the top corner of the net.
Duffield almost doubled the lead smacking a low shot goalwards from EdmondsonÂ’s low cross but Paul Musselwhite saved brilliantly.
Straight from the restart, Hull boss Peter Taylor made a double substitution with Stuart Green and Lawrie Dudfield coming on.
However, the Minstermen had the first chance when Lee NoganÂ’s volley from Graham PotterÂ’s corner crashed back off the bar, and Musselwhite gathered in the melee that followed.
The double substitution for the Tigers made an early impact when GreenÂ’s run into the box and pass to Dudfield led to a low cross and Keates gleefully stroked home the equaliser in the 51st minute.
Fettis made brilliant saves from Green when he was clean through on goal, and from Steve MeltonÂ’s stinging drive.
These saves came after the home side were reduced to ten men with defender Chris Smith sent off in the 63rd minute for his second bookable offence.
York still went looking for the winner despite the numerical disadvantage, with ReddyÂ’s pace remaining a major threat.
At the same time the York defenders performed heroics to ensure that the Minstermen earned a deserved point.