York City will finally escape the relegation places if they can achieve a third straight victory against Bromley at Bootham Crescent this evening.
It would also signify a sixth consecutive triumph in all competitions in front of the home faithful, and leave Gary Mills’ reinvigorated charges with a seriously genuine opportunity of completing the ‘Great Escape’ with only five more league games remaining.
The improvement under Mills since the turn of the year has been steady rather than spectacular, and with overall progress being restricted by too many draws. But losing just three of their last twenty-two games always kept his massively reconstructed group of players in the hunt, while suggesting the promise of much better ahead.
Now it appears that York might have rediscovered the crucial winning habit at just the right time, and a repeat maximum points tonight against struggling opposition would be seen as another huge step towards them securing eventual safety.
Sixteenth-placed Bromley arrive with seven defeats in their last nine games and having not scored in their last four away.
They also include a 5-0 home defeat to City’s weekend victims Braintree Town at the end of February, although they did push National League leaders Lincoln City close at the weekend before only succumbing to a single-goal.
“We’ve got six very important games to finish the job,” manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York. “We’ve laid the foundations to give ourselves a chance. It’s great to have the opportunity to climb out of the bottom four, but things can’t change.
“Bromley will be looking at the situation and know, if they lose to us, we will only be four points behind them, so they will still be desperate for a result and we have to make sure we perform the same way we have been doing because, if that drops by one per cent, we’re not the same team and it takes away from what we are.”
York City Team News:
The hosts expect to have skipper Simon Heslop and defender Yan Klukowski available while newly-crowned ‘York City South Player of the Year’ Sean Newton has recovered from a slight knock. Otherwise, Lanre Oyebanjo [thigh], Matty Fry [knee], Simon Lappin [Achilles] and Clovis Kamdjo [knee] remain sidelined.
York City (probable): Loach, Parslow, Bencherif, Newton, Heslop, Moke, Hall, Whittle, Morgan-Smith, Parkin, Oliver
subs (from): Holmes, Klukowski, Rooney, Letheren, Fenwick, Connolly, Muggleton
Player to watch: Adriano Moke
An outstanding performer at the weekend and will again need to show his influence in the middle of the pitch.
Bromley Team News:
Experienced former Portsmouth defender Ben Chorley was expected to miss out following injury during the narrow weekend loss at leaders Lincoln City. He is likely to be replaced by youngster Dan Johnson.
Bromley (probable): Flitney, Dunne, Holland, Johnson, Anderson, McLoughlin, Minshull, Higgs, Turgott, Porter, Sho-Silva
Player to watch: Blair Turgott
Leading goalscorer for the visitors with thirteen this season.
Match Facts & Stats
The MInstermen’s 3-0 defeat at Bromley earlier in the season was the first-ever meeting between the clubs.
York – Chester (A); Bromley – Wrexham (H)
Tonight’s Games: Southport v Macclesfield; Tranmere v Sutton; York City v Bromley