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Football: DON'T LUKE; Bournemouth 0 Bristol City 0 Wilkshire misses magic touch for City.

Byline: Mike DONOVAN

DANNY WILSON'S battling side held out for a point but the stalemate did no favours for either side as they failed to significantly close the gap on the leading pack.

City, who had started the new season so well, struggled to make the most of their handful of chances and had to be content with their fourth draw. Luke Wilkshire looked the most likely to conjure up a winner, but Christian Roberts failed to take advantage.

The home side started strongly, winning the first corner shortly after kick-off.

The visitors responded with some promising attacks of their own with Wilkshire putting in a couple of crosses.

Bournemouth's Wade Elliott then tried his luck from 30 yards but Steve Phillips in the City goal saved comfortably.

Phillips was also tested by Garreth O'Connor but the keeper was again equal to the challenge.

City were struggling to create any clear-cut chances, despite some promising build-up play, but a chance went begging when Lee Peacock's close-range header went wide of the target.

Shortly before the interval, City's Christian Roberts delivered a fine cross but another Peacock header was saved by Bournemouth keeper Neil Moss. Peacock also tried his luck from long range, but his effort flew wide of the target.

Despite both sides upping the tempo in the second half, chances still remained at a premium with Bournemouth's O'Connor having a shot blocked and Elliott then failing to keep his effort on target.

Phillips again had to be on his toes to keep out O'Connor as the home side continued to search for the opener.

But City still looked dangerous on the break with Moss saving from Joe Burnell.

The visitors then went close as Matthew Hill's cross found Roberts only for his well-met header to drift agonisingly wide of the target. Bournemouth also had a late chance to snatch three valuable points but Steve Fletcher's header from a Danny Thomas cross just failed to find the target.

Bournemouth's Carl Fletcher was the only player booked in the first half, for unsporting behaviour. Hill was shown the yellow card late on for City.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2003
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