Manager Gary Mills believes he now has the kind of players he wants available going into the crucial weekend clash with promotion-chasing Barrow at Bootham Crescent.
The former Wembley-twice winner has performed a massive rebuilding task while completely overhauling the squad since returning to the club in October. That continued this week with yet another couple of loan arrivals and three more of his own group heading out of the exit door.
The Minstermen’s recent form has been improved with just a couple of defeats in their last eight games while recording three victories, although each of those were against teams they should be beating anyway.
And with their relegation rivals continuing to pick up regular points and more pointedly victories, York simply have to start doing likewise on a regular basis to have any chance of turning around the current five-point gap that separates them from immediate safety.
Barrow have suffered a recent slump of form in an otherwise excellent campaign being without a win in four league games and while accumulating just a couple of points.
“I’ve told my players not to look at the league,” manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York. “But they will – but I’ve told them not to. Because I honestly believe we are as good if not better than Dover now – and we went to Dover bottom of the league. I’m so positive at the minute. I’ve managed for twenty-odd years now and I feel I’ve come into this football club and in twelve weeks – I’ve always worked hard – I’ve worked harder, more mentally and everything to try and turn round the mindset around this football club. It’s about us being positive. it’s about the fans being positive. We all need to be positive and believe.”
York City Team News:
Latest newcomers Hamza Bencherif and Johan ter Horst go straight into the squad while defender Shaun Rooney has recovered from an ankle knock. But centre-back Matt Fry is now ruled out for a couple of months with medial ligament damage suffered during training. He therefore joins the likes of Aidan Connolly, Lanre Oyebanjo and Clovis Kamdjo on the sidelines.
York City (probable): Letheren, Parslow, Klukowski, Bencherif, Rooney, Heslop, Moke, Lappin, Newton, Parkin, Morgan-Smith
subs: Whittle, Holmes, Woodland, Fenwick, ter Horst
Player to watch: Amari Morgan-Smith
Scored on his debut last week and the hosts will be hoping he can become a regular match-winner.
Barrow Team News:
The visitors are without goalkeeper Joel Dixon and utility-man Andy Parry for the rest of the season due to cruciate ligament injuries. However, Alex-Ray Harvey, Shaun Beeley, Bryon Harrison, Jordan Williams and Dan Rowe were all set to be recalled following the Cumbrians recovering from a couple of goals down to defeat Matlock Town in the FA Trophy.
Barrow (probable): Flatt, Beeley, Anderton, Livesey, Diarra, Rowe, Harvey, Wright, Bennett, Harrison, Williams
Player to watch: Bryon Harrison
Twenty goals already this season for the former Chesterfield, Stevenage, Wimbledon and Cheltenham Town striker.
Match Facts & Stats
York have won nineteen and drawn seven of 37 previous meetings at Bootham Crescent. City triumphed in their most recent clash 3-1 in August 2011 after goals from Jason Walker, Patrick McLaughlin and Matty Blair. Team: Ingham, Oyebanjo, McGurk, Smith, Meredith, Boucaud, Moke (Potts), McLaughlin, Blair, Walker (Reed), Chambers
York – Aldershot (A); Barrow – Lincoln (H)
Friday’s game: Lincoln v Dover Athletic
Saturday’s Fixtures: Boreham Wood v Solihull Moors; Chester v Wrexham; Dagenham v Bromley; Forest Green v Braintree; Gateshead v Aldershot; Macclesfield v Guiseley; Maidstone v Torquay; Southport v North Ferriby; Sutton v Eastleigh; Woking P-P Tranmere; York City v Barrow