One point from the first three games is disappointing for City, albeit after an extremely tough start against three opponents expected to be in the promotion shake-up, perhaps the manner of the defeats to that lot down the A38 and that lot a fair way up the A38 (aka Burton!) was what was hard to take for the City support. Those supporters will have looked to Saturday’s match against York as the game where the season really starts, and will be hoping for a positive display from Paul Tisdale’s side.
Tisdale’s task on Tuesday night was made harder by the injury to Tom Nichols which meant Jimmy Keohane played the supporting role to full debutant Graham Cummins. Cummins will expect to start on Saturday, hopefully alongside Nichols but Keohane is likely to retain his place otherwise. The 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation has attracted criticism mainly for the suitability of the full-backs to a more advanced role, and David Wheeler may be pressed into service on Saturday instead of Danny Butterfield. If Tisdale reverts to 4-4-2 it may see starts for Wheeler and Arron Davies, although Ollie Watkins is also a possibility on the left.
York come into the long trip to Devon on the back of three successive draws as they look to repeat the form of the second half of last season that saw them surge from relegation candidates to the playoffs where they were ultimately beaten by League One-bound Fleetwood. Nigel Worthington’s side had to rebuild slightly after losing a few of the team that took them so close to promotion, and are looking for their replacements to gel quickly. Former Barnet striker Jake Hyde will be one to watch, he opened his account on Tuesday night in a somewhat chaotic encounter with Cambridge that saw their goalkeeper substituted at half time before the Minstermen eventually came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Russell Penn will provide bite in midfield, he’s not averse to “taking one for the team” as his collection of cards throughout his career proves.
Last season the points were shared in a pair of 2-1 home wins. In August at the Park York took the lead through Ryan Jarvis but a brace from Alan Gow gave City the victory. The tables were turned in March – York raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from McCombe and Coulson before Scot Bennett replied, and City couldn’t turn second half domination into a result, John O’Flynn hitting the post when it looked easier to score. City are ahead in the overall head-to-head in league matches, winning 23 times to York’s 18 (7 draws).
Away fans Ticket News. Tickets are cheaper in advance if bought from York City. 100 standing and a 100 seated tickets are available. Otherwise you’ll need to get a ticket from the ticket booth on St James Road (near the away turnstile). Ground guide here.
Last Season’s highlights from the home win on You Tube: