Date: 8th March 2018 at 4:19pm
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Manager Martin Gray says that midfielder Theo Wharton strongly pressed his claims during the unfortunate midweek North Riding Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old has been regularly out-of-favour while failing to be involved with the first-team since November, which led to a recent loan spell for the St Kitts and Nevis international at National League North rivals Tamworth.

“All of a sudden he’s given himself a chance,” Gray told BBC Radio York. “Hopefully the penny’s dropped and he’s got to give himself a chance for his future. Not just at York but his future in football.

“That was his best performance and he’s got to back that up now. I’ve seen a difference the last two weeks on the training ground. It seems he’s got a bigger desire but that’s got to come all the time.”

Gray admits there will definitely be changes for the weekend visit of Boston United following the latest disappointing 1-1 draw with Alfreton Town.

“There will be changes made,” he promised. “You’ve got players in the squad that have been patient and when opportunities come along the players that now come into the team have to take them.”

The Minstermen are actually seeking revenge for a particularly uninspiring 2-1 defeat to the Pilgrims back in early December.

“We’ve definitely got a point to prove here,” Gray conceded. “There’s no question about it, we didn’t perform to our standards. We didn’t deserve to get beat but we certainly didn’t do enough to win the game.

“So we’ve got to get back to that winning mentality and make sure our home ground becomes a fortress. The fans have been great and we’ve got to make sure they’ve got something to get excited about going forward.”

Meanwhile, Gray continues to attempt to strengthen his squad ahead of the final ten regular games of the season.

“We’ve had one or two leads the last twenty-four hours and we’ll be working back on them this afternoon,” he confirmed.

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