York City make their first away trip in National League North as they visit newly-promoted Blyth Spartans this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Minstermen suffered a truly disappointing start at the weekend when going down by a single-goal to usual relegation strugglers AFC Telford United at Bootham Crescent.
However, as poorly as they performed, especially during a hugely uninspiring second-half, York should really have already won the game during the opening forty-five minutes.
At the same time latest opponents Blyth, who amassed over a century of points while winning the Evo Stik Northern Premier League last season, were similarly losing 2-0 at an Alfreton Town outfit including former City duo Tom Platt and Tom Allan.
With large travelling numbers expected, there will be segregation of supporters in force this evening, and visiting fans must enter the stadium through the Plessey Road turnstiles next to chip shop on the corner.
“After ten games it’s thirty points and so the league table starts to take shape,” manager Gary Mills told York’s official YouTube channel. “With 32 games [still] to go, I wouldn’t say it was going to dictate the way you’re going to end up this season. Certainly with the change of play-offs going right down to seventh, that changes it again. But ten games you want to be up there and thereabouts and if you can be sitting on top.”
Blyth Spartans Team News:
Spartans are without their 30-goal striker from last season, Daniel Maguire, after being injured by a challenge from former York midfielder Tom Platt at the weekend. Fellow forward Jordan Laidler is also out of contention having suffered a knee problem during the same game. Striker Macauley Langstaff is though available having arrived on loan from Gateshead.
Blyth Spartans (from): MacDonald, Hutchinson, Liddle, Horner, Buddle, J. Watson, Rivers, Hopson, Mullen, McTiernan, Dale, Cartwright, I. Watson, Jameson, Langstaff
Player to watch: Jarrett Rivers
Tricky right-winger who returned to the club following a recent spell with Blackpool.
York City Team News:
The visitors were hoping that defender Hamza Bencherif recovers from a back injury in time to feature. However, striker Michael Rankine (hamstring) again appears certain to miss out along with Aidan Connolly (calf), Matt Fry (knee) and Clovis Kamdjo (cruciate knee).
York City (probable): Worsnop, Parslow, Bencherif, Newton, Law, Heslop, Moke, Whittle, Almond, Parkin, Morgan-Smith
subs: Wharton, Sukar, Muggleton, Smith, Felix
Player to watch: Adriano Moke
York’s main problems remain in midfield and the 27-year-old really needs to show the maturity and consistency to drive his colleagues forward on a regular basis.
Match Facts & Stats
The Minstermen have only visited once before for an FA Cup first round replay in November 1978, when there were plenty of goals and the inevitable late drama at Croft Park.
Link: Red Rewind – Gallant City given extra time
Blyth – Tamworth (H); York City – Bradford PA (A)
Tonight’s Games: AFC Telford v Brackley; Blyth v York City; Boston v Alfreton; Chorley v Salford; FC United of Manchester v Spennymoor; Leaminghton v Tamworth; North Ferriby v Harrogate; Nuneaton v Kidderminster; Stockport v Curzon Ashton
Wednesday’s Game: Darlington v Gainsborough
Monday’s Result: Bradford PA 1-2 Southport