PREVIEW: York v City

City travel to the current home of their worst ever manager in mediocre form. The optimism generated by two fine away wins has dissipated after two unimpressive home draws. Still, York are a dismal side, as one would expect for any team managed by ‘Two-Relegations Tel’. Injuries have shorn them of them of former Tigers Gary Hobson and Colin Alcide, though Alan Fettis and Matt Hocking should start. Star midfielder Christian Fox is sidelined with a long term knee injury, but the MincingMen welcome back Kevin Hulme, Wayne Hall and John Williams who all came through a midweek reserve game unscathed.

As for the Tigers, Mark Greaves is fit a raring to go after his hamstring injury appears to have cleared up. That might mean a return to the bench for Brabin, who looked a touch off the pace during the goalless draw against Hartlepool in midweek. John Eyre, who limped off on Tuesday, is rated as doubtful with a hamstring problem, so David Brown may start up front. Captain Justin Whittle is doubtful out after damaging knee ligaments at Exeter last week.

However, not all the talk is about on-pitch matters. York’s idiotic decision not to make the game all-ticket could backfire if more than 3,000 City fans make the short trip north. The York away end holds 3,000, and if the Tiger Nation turn up in greater numbers, the police face the unenviable task of dealing with the problem of either turning them away, or housing them in the home ends. So, well done York. A potentially tense situation made worse by not taking a simple decision even a Scunthorpe fan could see was patently necessary. Still, it’s not all bad. We’re going to see our old friend Terry again. How do the words to Common Dolan go again…