York’s two defeats at the hands of AFC Wimbledon within the space of three days this last week ended a decent York City run of six games unbeaten, and the Minstermen will be hoping to start another successful run when they visit Vale Park on Saturday.
Vale boss Micky Adams witnessed the FA Cup first round replay on Monday night and was impressed with what he saw from Gary Mills’ team.
Down to ten men after 35 minutes when Scott Kerr was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card, York kept fighting right to the very end.
Substitute Jamie Reed’s 89th minute equaliser sent the game into extra time, but despite a spirited display, the visitors were unable to hold on and finished up losing the game 4-3.
York have won three times on their travels in the league this season, with victories at Barnet, Aldershot and Accrington Stanley.
If that doesn’t impress, how about the fact that the Minstermen have only lost one game on their travels in League Two this season?
That single defeat came back in September when, despite taking an early lead, Burton Albion deservedly ran out 3-1 winners.
If anybody is expecting an easy ride against a good York City side on Saturday afternoon, they had better think again.
Vale will be without Ashley Vincent who will be serving a one-match suspension after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season at Southend last weekend.
He joins midfielder Sam Morsy, who will sit out the second of a three-match suspension, but defender John McCombe returns after hi three-match ban. Whether he will come straight back in the starting eleven remains to be seen.
Doug Loft’s chances of a return from injury are rated as ‘extremely doubtful’, which gives Micky Adams a few selection headaches.
If Doug Loft was passed fit, then that would release Rob Taylor to replace Ashley Vincent.
If, as seems likely, Loft doesn’t make it, then it seems likely that either Ryan Lloyd or Chris Shuker could find themselves playing on the flank.
All that is assuming the Vale boss sticks to a four-four-two formation and he has hinted that may not be the case – it is something he, along with his staff is pondering.
The boss’s other big decision is whether to stick with full back Adam Yates, part of the back four that kept a clean sheet at Southend, or bring Richard Duffy straight back in.
Don’t forget, the plans are to unveil the Sproson statue at 1.45pm and supporters are invited to come along to witness the event.
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