Writer: Vital York
Date:Friday February 14 2014
Sat 15th Feb
York City make the long trek to one of the country's most troubled areas in the recent storms as they take on a much-improved Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. The Pilgrims have lost only one of their previous eleven home league games, although their latest victory at bottom club Northampton Town last week ended a sequence of six matches without a win, including four draws. But York are also stabilising well following a very slow start to their campaign and have already won half of their eight games since the turn of the year. Should they maintain that kind of level over their remaining fifteen fixtures they can still record themselves a healthy finish in the table. And with greater consistency both of these clubs would appear perfectly capable of pushing much closer towards the top seven next season.
"There have been lots of good things to take from our performances but we have got to finish that off by scoring the goals you need to get three points," manger Nigel Worthington told The Press. "We have got to force the issue a bit more in a controlled manner because the chances have been there. We had at least three good opportunities last weekend and we have to make sure we are working the 'keeper or scoring goals, which we are working at in training."
Argentine midfielder Andres Gurrieri returns from a three-match ban but goalkeeper Luke McCormick, veteran defender Guy Branston and forward pair Matt Lecointe and Marvin Morgan are all ruled out. Full-back duo Durrell Berry and Matt Parsons are also doubtful.
Plymouth Argyle (probable): Cole, Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Purrington, Boco, Blizzard, Hourihane, Banton, Alessandra, Reid
Marvin Morgan is out of the running for the hosts
Fourteen goals so far after joining on a season's loan from Yeovil Town.
On loan Reuben Reid has been amongst the goals
The visitors still have fitness concerns over long-serving defender David McGurk [back] and nine-goal striker Ryan Jarvis [ankle]. Meanwhile, the likes of Lewis Montrose, Tom Platt and on loan Will Hayhurst challenge for a starting place having been on the bench last time out.
York City (probable): Pope, Oyebanjo, Lowe, McCombe, Davies, Carson, Penn, Reed, Coulson, Bowman, Fletcher
subs (from): Montrose, Platt, Allan, Dickinson, Hayhurst, Puri, Ingham, McDonald, McGurk, Jarvis
Ryan Jarvis has been a big miss for the visitors
Bringing extra physicality at the back and has started the last three games following his recent arrival from Mansfield Town.
John McCombe looking to make big impact
The Minstermen have won twice and drawn five of fourteen previous visits to Home Park and include a 2-0 defeat last term. Interestingly only two members of that side remain at the club and neither will start tomorrow. Team: Ingham, Parslow, C. Smith, Doig (Blanchett), Fyfield, Kerr, Potts (J. Reed), McLaughlin (Challinor), Blair, Walker, Chambers.
Michael Ingham is the only survivor in the visitors' squad
C. Breakspear (Surrey)
Plymouth - Dagenham (A); York - Southend (H)
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Date:Friday February 14 2014
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