Frustrated by the weather at the weekend and boosted by a tremendous victory at Mansfield Town last week, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for York City over recent times.
Now the Minstermen face one of their stiffest remaining challenges this season as they travel to take on Kidderminster Harriers – still harbouring play-off ambitions of their own – at Aggborough Stadium.
While York were washed out against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, their latest opponents were crashing out of the FA Trophy at the semi-final stage after a 5-1 aggregate defeat to current holders Stevenage Borough.
Kidderminster manager Steve Burr told his club’s official website: “I’ve watched them this season and we know that Martin has assembled a good squad who expect to be up there and out of this division at the end of the season. It is another tough game for us and you won’t get a trickier time of it in terms of fixtures than what we’ve faced over the last ten days.”
“I believe Kidderminster are one of the top eight sides in the division,” York manager Martin Foyle told The Press. “They`ve got a new manager and, despite their slip-up in the Trophy, they have some decent players. They always have a good home record and this is a match that is one of the three hardest we have left this season. We want to take something from it and, if we show the same work ethic as we did at Mansfield, we can do.”
Kidderminster Harriers Team News:
Former York striker Adam Boyes – who is currently on loan from Scunthorpe United – is set to be named on the substitutes bench. Striker James Lawrie and goalkeeper Ross Atkins have both extended loans, while recent signing Jack Byrne and on loan winger Marc Goodfellow after both available after being cup-tied at the weekend. Daryl Knights could be pushed forward to partner Brian Smikle and Robbie Matthews. Player coach John Finnigan is unlikely to feature as he continues to recover from a calf problem.
Player to watch: Brian Smikle
Usually does well against York.
York City Team News:
Midfielder Levi Mackin completes a two-match suspension and Alex Lawless (hamstring) and Chris Carruthers (ankle) are still recovering from recent injuries and are not expected to be risked.
Player to watch: Paul Harsley
Could prove a crucial signing for the run-in.
Match Facts & Stats
York have won only once at Kidderminster in eight previous visits, drawing once and losing six times.
Kidderminster – Salisbury (H); York – Tamworth (H)