Boston United v York City
Sat 2nd Dec
Promotion hopefuls York City are taking their unbeaten four-game run to lowly Boston United this weekend.
The Minstermen have won three of their latest encounters, with important league triumphs against Curzon Ashton (H 2-1) and Alfreton Town (A 3-1) being followed by a routine FA Trophy 3-1 victory against Coalville Town. Their other fixture was a 1-1 home draw with Kidderminster Harriers.
That recent improvement hasn't actually benefited their overall league standing a great deal, with sixth-placed York currently a massive eighteen points behind clear leaders Salford City, while also still trailing second-placed neighbours Harrogate Town by eleven having also played a game more.
At least they have leading marksman Jon Parkin in absolutely terrific goalscoring form with fifteen in his last thirteen appearances, which is an even more incredible return given that the prolific 35-year-old previously struck for City against weekend opponents Boston over fourteen years ago, during a 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent.
The Pilgrims are in serious relegation trouble this time, currently just a single-place off the bottom of the table having not won at home in their last seven games; with their most recent success coming against the only club presently below them in the division, North Ferriby United, way back in early September.
"We had them [Boston] watched on Saturday against Kidderminster, when they were 2-0 down and they got themselves back in the game at 2-2," York boss Martin Gray told BBC Radio York. "We went down there on Tuesday night [for the replay] and had a really good look at them, so we've got two really good match reports.
"We're going there in good form," he added. "We've got to make sure that we stay in good form and come back with three points - that's the job. They've [the players] worked again very tirelessly this week on making sure that we get better than we were last week - and the week before."
"They're all big teams and big games in this league and that`s why I'm here. I'm looking forward to it," Boston manager Craig Elliott told the Boston Standard. "It's important we don't show them too much respect,. We showed what happens when you get in amongst teams and give it a go."
Boston United Team News:
Boston have Jordan Keane returning from suspension in addition to Tyrell Waite, who was cup-tied for their FA Trophy exit against Kidderminster Harriers. There are also a couple of new signings available in defender Paul Walker (Spalding United) and utility player Stephen Brogan (North Ferriby United). But full-back Liam Wakefield has now departed the club.
Player to watch: Reece Thompson
Former York striker currently on loan at Boston from Guiseley.
York City Team News:
York hand an immediate debut to latest signing Jonny Burn after the centre-back arrived on a month's loan from Bristol Rovers - and with a view to a permanent deal. Aidan Connolly could return following the dismissal of striker Gary Martin for bizarrely turning out for Sunday League side Darlington Albion.
York City (probable): Bartlett, Parslow, Burn, Bencherif, Ferguson, Rowe, Moke, Newton, Connolly, Morgan-Smith, Parkin
subs (from): Law, Whittle, Gray, Walton, Simpson, Smith, Muggleton
Player to watch: Jonny Burn
The player with already a famous York City name makes a debut following his loan arrival from Bristol Rovers.
Match Facts & Stats
The Minstermen have made three previous visits to York Street, winning once and losing twice. Their two defeats both occurred in the Football League, with the hosts comfortably triumphing 3-0 in a Division Three fixture on Boxing Day 2002, and then by a 2-0 scoreline the following season. City's sole victory was an FA Cup second round tie in December 1970, when goals from Ian Davidson and John Mackin (pen) secured them a 2-1 success. team: Hillyard, Mackin, Burrows, Davidson, Swallow, Topping, Henderson, Boyer, Aimson, Hewiitt, Taylor
Boston - Southport (H); York - AFC Telford (A)
Weekend Games: Alfreton v Bradford PA; Blyth v Salford; Boston v York City; Brackley v Stockport; Chorley v Leamington; FC United of Manchester v Harrogate; Kidderminster v Gainsborough; North Ferriby v Nuneaton; Spennymoor P-P AFC Telford; Tamworth v Southport