York City can probably expect tough going this weekend when visiting current fourth-placed and last season’s play-off finalists Cheltenham Town. The Robins might have been smoothly conquered 5-1 by Premier League Everton in their FA Cup third round meeting at Whaddon Road in midweek, but will be actively seeking a tenth consecutive league game without defeat. Meanwhile, their visitors faltered badly despite a bright first-half performance against Exeter City last weekend. That disappointment was all the greater as it followed emphatic home wins for the Minstermen against both Bristol Rovers and Burton Albion. York also battled to a tough scoreless draw at Fleetwood Town in the last game on their travels.
“They’re coming off the back of a massive game and they’ll have been disappointed to have conceded two goals so early in that game,” City manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York. “I think if we play our game then we can open them up.”
Cheltenham Team News:
The Robins are likely to be unchanged from their midweek FA Cup defeat to Everton, although midfielder Darren Carter continues to play on despite currently carrying a knock to his ankle.
Cheltenham Town (probable): Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan, Pack, Penn, Carter, Mohamed, Goulding
Player to watch: Russell Penn
Busy presence is usually guaranteed from the former Kidderminster Harriers and England ‘C’ midfielder.
York City Team News:
Recovered midfielder John McReady is set to return on the bench for the visitors after scoring twice in his comeback game against Northallerton Town in midweek. Lanre Oyebanjo continues to press for a recall while promising youngsters Tom Allan and Tom Platt are expected to continue amongst their substitutes. Ashley Chambers, Michael Coulson, Oli Johnson and Chris Doig remain on the sidelines.
York City (probable): Ingham, Parslow, McGurk, Smith, Fyfield, Kerr, Potts, McLaughlin, Blair, Walker, Rodman
subs (from): Musselwhite, Oyebanjo, Allan, Bullock, Platt, Challinor, McReady, Reed
Player to watch: David McGurk
His season has only just effectively started but the experienced campaigner is going to be really crucial between now and its conclusion.
Match Facts & Stats
The Minstermen have already won once and drawn twice in four previous visits to Whaddon Road. Their most recent was back in November 2003 when Jon Parkin helped them to a 1-1 draw. City’s team was: Ovendale, Edmondson, Smith, Brass, Hope, Merris, Ward, Cooper, Bullock, Nogan, Parkin (Wood). Their victory came in April 2000 with emergency striker Mark Sertori snatching them a late winner. The line-up on that occasion was: Fettis, Edmondson, Jones (Fairclough), Swan, Bower, Hawkins, Agnew, Hulme, Fox (Alcide), Conlon (J. Williams), Sertori
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