Writer: Vital York
Date:Friday February 21 2014
Sat 22nd Feb
Emerging York City are looking to maintain their recent improvement when tackling Southend United in their designated 'Football v Homophobia' fixture at Bootham Crescent. It's the first of successive home games for the Minstermen, who are currently enjoying the heights of eleventh in the table ahead of also hosting Exeter City seven days later. Rampant York stormed to their biggest win of the season last time out when completely blowing away Plymouth Argyle by a 4-0 scoreline in Devon. From their perspective, Southend have seen their progress rather stall in recent weeks and are without a win in their last five league games, including being held at home by Hartlepool United earlier this week. Even so Phil Brown's side are still handily placed in the play-offs and with really genuine hopes of claiming automatic promotion.
Southend boss Phil Brown on a poor run
"We know that, if we do our jobs effectively, Southend will have something to think about and I am looking for a really big performance at home," York manager Nigel Worthington told The Press. "We've got it in our locker and, with the crowd behind us, we can really get things moving forward because I would like us to go out and grab the bull by its horns, like we did against Scunthorpe. That means taking the game to the opposition and having a really good go at them, while keeping the back door shut at the same time."
Striker Ryan Jarvis is back in contention following an ankle injury while leading scorer Wes Fletcher should overcome a slight knock. Michael Coulson continues to challenge on loan Will Hayhurst for a starting place out wide and Lewis Montrose is another chasing a recall having served a recent ban. Defender Daniel Parslow is the only player currently out.
York City (probable): Pope, Oyebanjo, Lowe, McCombe, Davies, Carson, Penn, Reed, Hayhurst, Bowman, Fletcher
subs (from): McGurk, Montrose, Platt, Coulson, Puri, Jarvis, Dickinson, Ingham
Nine-goal Ryan Jarvis is back in contention
Has had a really great first season with thirteen goals already and the promise of many more in the future.
Wes Fletcher - Thirteen goals and bags of potential
Defender Luke Prosser is still out with a calf injury while former York loanee Luke O'Neill has returned to parent club Burnley for treatment on his thigh problem. Meanwhile, Conor Clifford is suspended and fellow centre-back Julian Bennett remains a long-term absentee with cruciate ligament damage.
Southend United (probable): Bentley, White, Phillips, Thompson, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Atkinson, Timlin, Straker, Corr
Top scorer this season with eleven goals from wide out left.
An impressive eleven goals for Kevan Hurst this term
The Shrimpers have made twenty previous Football League visits to Bootham Crescent, winning five times and drawing four. However, York have actually won six of the last eight meetings while drawing the other two. Last term the home side snatched a crucial 2-1 victory in April courtesy of goals from Adam Reed and Matty Blair. Team: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk, O`Connell, Parslow, Reed (Challinor), Platt, Blair (Coulson), Walker (McDaid), Chambers
Matty Blair scored a vital goal last time
P. Tierney (Lancashire)
York - Exeter (H); Southend - Northampton (A)
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Date:Friday February 21 2014
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