It’s FA Cup weekend and York City face the prospect of taking on current Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground for a place in the first round proper. The Minstermen have reached the third round of the competition in each of the past two seasons before finally only going out to a couple of Premiership clubs. They have also already registered an emphatic 3-0 victory against Wrexham in North Wales and are again due to face the same opponents in the reverse league game at Bootham Crescent next weekend. Should a replay for this game be required it would be on Tuesday evening and a possible third encounter between these two famous old clubs inside a week.
“I have some decisions to make but, if I make changes, I honestly believe that whatever team I pick from my small squad tomorrow will not weaken us and will be capable of winning the game,” York manager Gary Mills told The Press. “I’ve got it in my mind which way I want to go and everybody will see that tomorrow. If you look at the options, it’s not as if we’d be putting out the reserves. We would be playing lads who should be in the starting XI but aren’t because others are doing well.”
Wrexham Team News:
Skipper Dean Keates is ruled out for the hosts due to a broken collarbone and could be joined on the sidelines by fellow midfielders Lee Fowler and Jamie Tolley, while centre-back Chris Westwood is also currently under treatment. Veteran former Burnley winger Glenn Little may get a first start since arriving from Aldershot Town in the summer. Wrexham (probable): Mayebi, Obeng, Creighton, Knight-Percival, Ashton, Little, Harris, Clarke, Cieslewicz, Pogba, Speight
Player to watch: Jake Speight
Already well-known to the visitors from his time at Mansfield Town and the Dragons’ current leading scorer on seven goals following a recent spell at Bradford City.
York City Team News:
York manager Gary Mills already knows his starting line-up but there is still a doubt over whether top scorer Jason Walker will be involved due to a foot injury. Mills could decide to give recalls to the likes of David McGurk, Daniel Parslow, Lanre Oyebanjo, Adriano Moké and ex-Wrexham striker Jamie Reed, while there may even be first starts for summer arrivals Michael Potts and Liam Henderson. Either way, the York chief doesn’t believe any changes will seriously weaken his starting eleven. Winger Danny Pilkington (knee) is definitely ruled out while midfielder David McDermott won’t come into contention either as Mills continues to attempt to get him out on loan for some regular match action.
York City (possible): Ingham, Challinor, Smith, Fyfield, Meredith, Kerr, Boucaud, McLaughlin, Blair, Walker (or Henderson), Chambers
subs (from): Parslow, McGurk, Potts, Moké, Reed, Henderson
Player to watch: Scott Kerr
Appears certain to be there even if there are changes and so important in the make up of the current York side.
Match Facts & Stats
The Minstermen easily swept past Wrexham 3-0 at the Racecourse Ground only last month following first-half goals from Patrick McLaughlin, Ashley Chambers and Jamie Reed. The return league game at Bootham Crescent is scheduled for next Saturday, while there would also be an FA replay on Tuesday night should it be required.