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Minstermen wait on keepers

York City manager Gary Mills is waiting on the fitness of his two senior goalkeepers ahead of the crucial weekend six-pointer at Woking.

Both Scott Loach and Kyle Letheren are current doubts for the visitors, who at least have on loan defender Hamza Bencherif returning after being ineligible to face parent club Wrexham on Easter Monday.

"Scott Loach is not going to train today [Thursday]," Mills told BBC Radio York. "He's got a swollen knee and had a scan yesterday. He might be a doubt. The swelling's gone down a bit on his knee but I think it will be a last-minute decision whether he plays.

"Kyle Letheren's also phoned in this morning with diarrhoea and sickness. But we're hoping that Scott's going to be okay. He got a knock on his knee which has swollen up like a balloon overnight. He had a scan on it down at [parent club] Notts County - obviously he's on loan from there.

"We'll know more tomorrow. His swelling has gone down a little bit so we're keeping our fingers crossed that he's going to be okay."

The Minstermen desperately require a fourth successive away victory at Woking with them only currently avoiding a relegation place on goal-difference.

"All we can do is go out at Woking and produce another away performance that we've been producing," Mills continued. "Whether that be attacking football or solid at the back - or having to defend and put our bodies on the line; which is all part-and-parcel of winning football matches, which we've done.

"So we've got to go and do that at Woking on Saturday and it's all change again. It's a game we know that if we beat Woking, like at Solihull, we go above them. So we know how important it is.

"I've said many a time that come the end of the season when the final whistle goes against Forest Green, if we stay up by one goal then it's not going to do much for the heart but we'll take it. And at the moment you look at the league and we're out of the bottom four."

Woking were thrashed 4-1 by York earlier in the season but presently enjoy a three-point advantage over them following their late turn around at Chester last time out.

"They've managed to get themselves three points ahead of us," Mills added. "They know that if they beat us on Saturday that's them safe. So we've got to make sure that doesn't happen. And we make sure we pick up a result - three [points] would be great because we know we go above Woking. And that would be massive going into the last game.

"Either way when we come away from Woking on Saturday we want to be out of that bottom four. 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. 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."



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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Thursday April 20 2017
Time: 1:15PM

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