Writer: Vital York
Date:Friday October 18 2013
Sat 19th Oct
York City are in search of their third successive league victory when visiting league newcomers Newport County this weekend. Prior to their recent free Saturday afternoon, the Minstermen claimed a well-earned 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers followed by successive victories over Portsmouth and Torquay United. That was sufficient to lift them into sixteenth position in the table, although their recent inactivity caused by their multi-international call-ups has witnessed them slipping back down a couple of places. For their part Newport have adapted really well since their promotion from the Conference via the play-offs last season. However, the Exiles come into the contest on the back of their worst performance of the season - a 3-0 defeat at Rochdale, one which manager Justin Edinburgh described as a real "wake-up" call. Nevertheless a recent home record of seven wins and one draw in their last nine games would suggest that was only a rare aberration in their promising debut campaign thus far.
"We're looking to start how we finished off in the win over Torquay," manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York. "They had a disappointing result and performance last week and we have to be mindful of that. They've done very well and their home form has been a big part of that. We have to be ready to do what we're good at."
Newport are missing four players at present with Aaron O`Connor, Max Porter, Byron Anthony [broken leg] and Andy Sandell [foot] currently restricted to the sidelines. Defender Andrew Hughes [hamstring] is also a concern following the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale. But former AFC Wimbledon striker Christian Jolley returns to their squad and midfielder Ryan Burge could also earn a first appearance of the season.
Newport County (probable): Pidgeley, Pipe, James, Yakubu, Worley, Jones, Flynn, Minshull, Hughes, Zebrowski, Washington
Five goals so far in fourteen appearances for the former Torquay United forward who, at the age of 26, already has more than 300 career appearances and 70 goals to his credit.
Chris Zebroski - Plenty of games and goals
Defender Lanre Oyebanjo is back in contention after recovering from injury. He challenges on loan Luke O'Neill for the right-back slot. Meanwhile, Josh Carson, Ryan Brobbel, Sander Puri and Chris Kettings have returned unharmed from international duty. However, forwards Michael Coulson [foot] and Chris Dickinson [ankle] are both ruled out of the trip to South Wales.
York City (probable): Ingham, O'Neill, Parslow, McGurk, Davies, Montrose, Whitehouse, Carson, Jarvis, Fletcher, Brobbel
subs (from): Kettings, Smith, Oyebanjo, Allan, Platt, Clay, Puri, Bowman, Cresswell, Chambers, Fyfield
Lanre Oyebanjo - Scored at Wembley last time against Newport
Another former Torquay forward and the hottest goalscorer in the division at present with six in ten league games.
Ryan Jarvis - A hit-man in real goalscoring form
This is York's first Football League visit to Newport in nearly 27 years. The last occasion was as far back as November 1986, when the two sides shared a 1-1 draw at Somerton Park. The great Keith Walwyn scored the visitors' goal as part of the following side: Leaning, Senior, Hood, McAughtrie, Whitehead, Haslegrave, Ford, Banton (Gabbiadini), Walwyn, Mills, Pearce. The Minstermen have completed 15 Football League trips in total to South Wales, winning three of them and drawing six. But the most recent encounter between the sides was famously at Wembley in May 2012, when York emerged triumphant in the FA Trophy final courtesy of goals from Matty Blair and Lanre Oyebanjo.
Gary Mills led York to their first national cup success v Newport
G. Salisbury (Lancashire)
Newport - Plymouth (A); York - Chesterfield (A)
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Date:Friday October 18 2013
Striker Richard Cresswell retires (Thursday December 5 2013)
Easy introduction for newcomer (Wednesday December 4 2013)
City tame young Tigers (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Ladies fall to successive defeats (Sunday December 1 2013)
Cruel blow for City (Sunday December 1 2013)
We'll be fine - Worthington (Saturday November 30 2013)
Desperate blow for Dan (Saturday November 30 2013)
Back to back blanks for City (Saturday November 30 2013)
Stats: York City v Rochdale (Saturday November 30 2013)
Keeper deal delights City (Friday November 29 2013)
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