York City continue their National League North journey this weekend with a first visit in almost half-a-century to neighbours Bradford Park Avenue.
A hugely important midweek triumph at Blyth Spartans courtesy of first-half goals from Jon Parkin and skipper Sean Newton should certainly offer them great incentive while targeting back-to-back victories; something City are going to have to achieve on a regular basis if they are to live up to their billing as one of the title-favourites this season.
More than eight-hundred of their devoted supporters have already snapped up tickets for the all-ticket encounter in West Yorkshire, and their main task will doubtless be to generate the required atmosphere at a venue which attracted only 574 spectators against Southport in midweek.
Avenue’s start to the campaign has been mixed despite former York striker Adam Boyes scoring in both appearances since joining from Guiseley over the summer.
He secured a dramatic injury-time opening day win at Tamworth before then netting against midweek visitors Southport, who though still grabbed a late victory against their ten-man opponents at the Horsfall Stadium.
“We go to a ground where a lot of players won’t have been before; a running track around the pitch, so it’s another mental test to go to a different environment,” manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York. “We should get a good following there, which will be great and obviously which we need to help us and give us the atmosphere.
“So the fans will play a big part on Saturday for us. We have to make sure, certainly the first half-dozen games, that we’re not too far off the pace if not up there [at the top of the table] ourselves. We have to back a win up with another win, it’s massive.”
“We know what to expect from York,” Avenue boss Mark Bower told Bradford’s official website. “They have players in their side who are proven at Conference level and above so it is going to be a really tough game.”
Bradford Park Avenue Team News:
Avenue include former York trio Adam Boyes, Oli Johnson and skipper Nicky Wroe, while simultaneously being managed by ex-City loan centre-back Mark Bower. Defender Shane Killock misses out through injury but former Wrexham right-back Javan Vidal is available despite being sent-off against Southport.
Bradford Park Avenue (from): Drench, Vidal, Hill, Wroe, Havern, Knowles, Brooksby, Spencer, Boyes, Johnson, N. Boshell, D. Boshell, Toulson, Nowakowski, Hall, Knight
Player to watch: Adam Boyes
Former York striker who has scored in both games since arriving from Guiseley over the summer.
York City Team News:
Midweek goalscorer Jon Parkin is a doubt with a sore calf. But fellow forward Michael Rankine (hamstring) could be involved for the first time since returning in the summer, and winger Kaine Felix has overcome a facial injury suffered in midweek. Midfielder Aidan Connolly (calf) is also getting closer to a recall, although both Matt Fry (knee) and Clovis Kamdjo (cruciate knee) remain out.
York City (probable): Worsnop, Law, Parslow, Bencherif, Whittle, Heslop, Moke, Newton, Almond, Parkin, Morgan-Smith
subs (from): Wharton, Muggleton, Felix, Sukar, Smith, Rankine
Player to watch: Jon Worsnop
Goalkeeper returning to the club he helped avoid relegation only last season.
Match Facts & Stats
The Minstermen have made eighteen previous visits, winning six times and drawing four. The most recent of those was a Fourth Division 2-0 defeat watched by a 3,084 attendance in December 1969. Team: Morritt, Sibbald, Burrows, Davidson, Jackson, Swallow, Taylor, Boyer, McMahon (Mackin), Hodgson, Mahon. York will actually be bidding for a first win there in six games, the last being by a 3-1 scoreline played before 5,843 spectators in September 1963, through goals from former Republic of Ireland and Leeds United inside-forward Noel Peyton (2) and Billy Rudd. Team: Moor, Wealthall, Heron, Woods, Jackson, Fountain, Gould, Peyton, Wilkinson, Rudd, Lang.
Link: Red Rewind – Avenue visit recalls former heroes
Bradord PA – Spennymoor (A); York – Darlington (H)
Weekend Games: AFC Telford v Salford; Blyth v Tamworth; Boston v Spennymoor; Bradford PA v York City; Chorley v Curzon Ashton; Darlington v Alfreton; FC United of Manchester v Kidderminster; Leamington v Southport; North Ferriby v Brackley; Nuneaton v Gainsborough; Stockport v Harrogate