York chase third straight home win
Sat 5th Jan
The weekend has two traditional Football League cities clashing as York City take on Exeter City at Bootham Crescent. Both clubs have struggled at home this season while being significantly more successful away. Indeed the Grecians have won their last four on their travels, including claiming a couple of notable scalps in current League Two leaders Gillingham and fellow promotion hopefuls Bradford City - two of eight away league victories for them this season. But there have been recent signs of York perhaps slowly coming to terms with proceedings in front of their own supporters. Impressive and consecutive three-goal triumphs against both Bristol Rovers and Burton Albion should certainly leave them with increased confidence over the course of the second-half of their campaign.
"Their away form is up there with Gillingham so they will be confident, but they are missing their leading scorer," York boss Gary Mills told The Press. "All of that doesn't change anything though, because what happens is down to us. In our last two matches, we've played against two other sides pushing for the play-offs and we've been better than them. We've got a lot to prove still though because our League position does not say that."
York City Team News:
York manager Gary Mills hopes to have striker Jason Walker available following a bout of tonsilitis. But fellow forward Ashley Chambers has been sidelined for up to six weeks with a torn stomach muscle. Alex Rodman should continue in his absence and is as a result likley to have his current loan spell from Aldershot Town extended. Otherwise, Michael Coulson, Oli Johnson, Chris Doig and John McReady remain out.
York City (probable): Ingham, Parslow, McGurk, Smith, Fyfield, Kerr, Potts, McLaughlin, Blair, Walker, Rodman
subs: Musselwhite, Allan, Oyebanjo, Platt, Challinor, Bullock, Reed
Player to watch: Michael Potts
Now earning rich praise from his manager and should make a seventh straight start.
Exeter City Team News:
Exeter are definitely without veteran fifteen-goal top scorer Jamie Cureton, who is suspended after being sent-off against Wycombe Wanderers last time out. Either Tommy Doherty or Arron Davies are likely to be recalled into a reinforced midfield, or alternatively teenager Jamie Reid could come in for a first senior start in attack.
Exeter City (probable): Krysiak, Tully, Woodman, Coles, Baldwin, Bennett, Oakley, Doherty, Gow, O`Flynn, Keohane
Player to watch: Artur Krysiak
Former York loanee goalkeeper from Birmingham City, who played a couple of games for them in August 2008.
Match Facts & Stats
Exeter have made a total of eighteen previous Football League visits to Bootham Crescent while winning seven times, including on each of the last three occasions, and drawing three. The Grecians made four trips in the Conference, both winning and drawing once.
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