Date: 18th January 2018 at 4:47pm
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Assistant manager Dave Penney has vowed that York City will continue trying to attack when hosting promotion rivals Spennymoor Town this weekend.

Five successive victories have witnessed the Minstermen surging up to fourth in the table and now just six points away from second place, with the current leading two, Salford City and Harrogate Town, also due to face each other on Saturday.

In-form City scored five times at AFC Telford United in midweek to maintain their record of finding the net in all sixteen games played under the present management team – nine of which have been won and a further two drawn.

“We can score goals,” Penney told BBC Radio York. “We’ve only had one clean-sheet since we’ve been here and that’s not just down to the defence, it starts with the whole eleven and from the front.

“I think when we attack, we attack like the Red Arrows and we all go!,” he joked. “Sometimes we need somebody to say ‘let’s just sit and keep our shape. You’re most vulnerable when you are attacking’. And to be fair Simon Heslop did that a bit on Tuesday when we played the 4-3-3.

“But as long as you’re on the right end of it; it doesn’t matter when you’re picking three points up. So we’ll try and continue that and score goals; the best form of defence is attack so we’ll try carry on doing that.”

Both leading marksman Jon Parkin and midweek goalscorer Adriano Moke suffered slight strains at Telford on Tuesday evening and will therefore need checking ahead of the weekend encounter.

“I haven’t seen the physio yet so can’t give any update on Jon or Moke,” Penney explained. “We’ll have a better idea first thing tomorrow. They wouldn’t have trained today anyway but we’ll see how they are.

“We’re hoping that everybody’s fine. Simon [Heslop] is a little bit stiff in his calf afterwards, which is only to be expected. He’s only played forty-five minutes [for the reserves] at Grimsby. I’m sure they’ll be more than ready for Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Penney believes that midfielder Moke now extending his deal until the end of next season can only benefit the club moving forward.

“I think you can see from his performances that he’s becoming one of our better players,” he reasoned. “Martin’s [Gray] been in the club three or four months now and has identified who he likes and who he doesn’t like – and invariably who he doesn’t like have gone.

“And the ones that are coming towards the end of their contracts that he wants to keep, we’ve managed to do that, with Sean [Newton], Jon Parkin and now Adriano. They’re enjoying what they are doing and to get those three players to sign is a big thing for the club.

“Adriano is an enigma for me at the moment,” Penney admitted. “When we first came [to the club] he was sat at the base of the three and Simon and Sean were the ones that got forward. Until we changed it and put Simon in front of the back-four, which we thought worked and enabled him [Moke] to go [forward].

“He was a winger before he came here, so has got that ability to go past people. He’s got great legs, he’s fit and always on the front foot, so we’re pleased with what he’s doing at the moment.”

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