Date: 20th April 2017 at 4:42pm
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On loan defender Hamza Bencherif promises York City will “fight to the end” in their ongoing battle to escape relegation.

The 29-year-old Frenchman missed the Easter Monday defeat to Wrexham because he was ineligible to face his parent club and instead forced to watch from the sidelines.

However, the former Lincoln City and FC Halifax Town centre-back now returns for the vital weekend six-point clash at relegation rivals Woking.

“It was quite painful to be fair,” Bencherif admitted to BBC Radio York. “I can understand what it is to watch from the side, to be powerless and not able to help. It was one of them days where we didn’t get the result that we wanted.

“On a personal view it was really hard to take because obviously I really wanted to help. Now we can move onto the next game and hopefully I’ll be back and give that help I want to give.”

Manager Gary Mills has indeed already confirmed the big central defender will go straight back into the starting-eleven at the Kingfield Stadium.

“We’re going to prepare right. Everybody’s up for it,” Bencherif continued. “After every game, win or lose, we always get together, speak and get our heads right, no matter what the result is of the game.

“So it’ll be the same for this Saturday. We’ve bounced back a few times in the last few weeks and we’ll do everything that we can to bounce back.

“We just need to think of doing our job, doing what we’ve been doing for the past few weeks and I don’t think there’ll be any problem if we do that. The only problem would be if we start to overthink it and start putting too much unnecessary pressure.

“When we lose one we’ve always bounced back because we’re used to winning and want to win. Everybody wants to win every single game and that’s what we take on the pitch.

“We’ve got two games to come and will do everything we can to keep the club up,” he vowed. “It’s the club’s future, the players’ future, it’s everybody’s future, so we’ll fight to the end.”



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