York City have just one-hundred-and-eighty minutes to save themselves from relegation, beginning at fellow strugglers Woking this weekend.
The Minstermen already comfortably defeated their latest opponents in August when scoring four times during a rampant opening half-hour display at Bootham Crescent.
They’ve also triumphed on their last three visits to the Kingfield Stadium, twice without even conceding a goal, while also being similarly victories in a straight trio of recent away trips.
However, the stakes are now even higher and it will be more down to mental strength and sheer bloody-mindedness as much as anything else.
The visitors are sure to be heavily backed by their magnificent supporters once again, for a meeting involving the two current form sides of the bottom eight. York’s twelve points from their last six games is only narrowly surpassed by Woking’s thirteen.
The Cards are actually unbeaten in their previous four outings while winning three of them, and should they achieve another at the expense of their final league visitors, it would be sufficient to guarantee their own safety from relegation.
York would still have another opportunity to rescue themselves though, against Forest Green Rovers seven days later. But by then their ultimate fate could already have be wrenched from out of their own grip – something nobody would desire going into the final game.
“When we come away from Woking on Saturday we want to be out of that bottom four,” manager Gary Mills insisted to BBC Radio York. “Three points could be enough, so we’re hoping we can do that. But we’ve got to go and perform and prepare in the right way.
“Between now and Saturday at three o’clock we won’t put any pressure on the players,” he added. “We’ll relax them and send them out there in the right way, which we have done since we’ve been here.
“So three points might be enough come the end of the season. Out of the six points that are available three might be enough. One way or another we’ve got to make sure we get three and hopefully a few more if we can.”
Woking Team News:
Woking have a doubt regarding former Barnet, AFC Wimbledon and Newport County centre-back Ismail Yakubu (knee).
Woking (probable): Poke, Caprice, Thomas, Saah, Jones, Saraiva, Murtagh, Ferdinand, Ralph, Sam-Yorke, Ugwu
Player to watch: Gozie Ugwu
Already found the net twenty times for the hosts this season.
York City Team News:
The Minstermen were waiting on goalkeeper Scott Loach, who is struggling with a swollen knee. Understudy Kyle Letheren also reported sick during the week and Luke Simpson could therefore be required. On loan defender Hamza Bencherif at least returns having been ineligible against parent club Wrexham. The visitors are still without Yan Klukowski [calf] and longer-term casualties Lanre Oyebanjo [thigh], Matt Fry [knee], Simon Lappin [Achilles] and Clovis Kamdjo [knee].
York City (probable): Loach, Parslow, Bencherif, Newton, Holmes, Heslop, Hall, Whittle, Morgan-Smith, Parkin, Oliver
subs: Connolly, Rooney, Muggleton, Fenwick, Moke
Player to watch: Hamza Bencherif
Back to reinforce a defence that was untypically found seriously wanting last time out.
Match Facts & Stats
York have won on their last three league visits to Woking having been beaten the first couple of occasions. Their most recent success was a 2-0 victory in October 2008, through second-half goals from Ben Wilkinson and Daniel McBreen. Team: Ingham, Purkiss, Kelly, Parslow, McGurk, Robinson, Rusk, Holmes (Greaves), Wilkinson, Farrell, McBreen (Boyes)
Woking – Dagenham (A); York – Forest Green (H)
Weekend Games: Boreham Wood v Gateshead; Braintree v Barrow; Bromley v Guiseley; Dover v Torquay; Forest Green v Maidstone; Lincoln v Macclesfield; North Ferriby v Aldershot; Solihull Moors v Eastleigh; Sutton United v Chester;
Tranmere v Southport; Woking v York City; Wrexham v Dagenham
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