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Preview: York City

7 September 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield travel to Bootham Crescent off the back of their first win of the season, an impressive 2-1 victory against Paul Dickov's Oldham Athletic. The League One side were the better of the two teams in the opening period, with Matty Smith's goal giving the Latics the lead. But Tommy Wright's Spireites bravely fought back from behind courtesy of Danny Whitaker's strike, before the 31-year-old missed from the penalty spot against his former employers. But his blushes were spared when the Oldham goalscorer, Smith, put through his own net in the dying seconds.

Town are now unbeaten in their four previous outings, with a 1-1 draw against table-topping Gillingham their last result in League Two. Craig Westcarr gave Tommy Wright a dream start to his tenure, before Danny Kedwell headed the Gills level. The Spireites are yet to clinch their first league victory, but haven't lost since a 1-0 reversal against AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on the opening day.

The Minstermen, meanwhile, enjoyed a 1-0 win against Steve Evans' Rotherham United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, thanks to Matty Blair's goal 10 minutes from time. Gary Mills' side have now won their last three fixtures, including victories over Barnet and also York also ended Oxford United's 100 per cent start.

Team News –


The Spireites will be without goalkeeper Tommy Lee for six to eight weeks, after last season's Player of the Year was injured in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Oldham. Scott Boden and Jacob Hazel both featured against the Latics and the former will be in contention to start at Bootham Crescent alongside Craig Westcarr, who has now served his one-match suspension for his dismissal against Gillingham.

Liam Ridehalgh retained his place at left-back following Nathan Smith's recurring ankle injury, while Mark Randall was preferred in midfield to Mark Allott. However, the 34-year-old midfielder started at Priestfield and may return to the starting eleven.

York City

Gary Mills has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of the Spireites, although midfielder Patrick McLaughlin is likely to miss out after being called up to Northern Ireland Under 21s for the European Championship qualifier against Macedonia on Friday evening.

The Minstermen have recorded three successive victories and the former Leicester defender is likely to stick with centre-half pairing of skipper Chris Smith and new signing Clark Carlisle. Fellow new recruit Charlie Taylor has also impressed at left-back since his arrival on-loan from Leeds and 33-year-old forward Scott Dobie is in line to make his debut, although Chris Doig is likely to miss out after sustaining an injury in the 3-1 against Barnet.

David McGurk, Scott Kerr, Jamie Reed and Ollie Johnson all remain sidelined.

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 2-1 Oldham Athletic (Whitaker 48, Smith O.G 90; Smith 23)

Chesterfield: Lee (O’Donnell 89), Forbes, Trotman, Hird, Ridehalgh, Talbot, Togwell, Randall (Clay 90), Whitaker, Boden (Hazel 65), Richards.

York City

Rotherham United 0-1 York City (Blair 80)

York City - Ingham, Oyebanjo, C Smith, Carlisle, Taylor, Parslow, McLaughlin, J Smith, Coulson, Walker (Challinor 90), Blair.

One to Watch -

Matty Blair 

The 22-year-old winger began his career at Midland Football Combination side Racing Club Warwick in 2007, before joining Stratford Town in the Midland Alliance a year later. He scored seven goals in 40 appearances at the DCS Stadium, before making the switch to Southern Football League Division One outfit Bedworth United.

However, he struggled to adapt to life with The Greenbacks, making just nine appearances before joining Conference North side Redditch United. He scored twice for the Reds, before again moving to rivals AFC Telford United. He made just seven appearances at the New Bucks Head Stadium before attracting the attentions of Conference National club Kidderminster Harriers.

He made his debut as a substitute in Kidderminster's opening day victory away at York, before opening his account for the club against Gateshead in October. In the following game, Blair scored a brace as Kidderminster beat Grimsby Town 3-2 before he signed a contract until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

His first hat-trick also came against the Mariners and he finished the season win 11 goals in 45 appearances for Kidderminster. After turning down a new contract at Aggborough, he signed a two year deal with the Minstermen with a compensation package being agreed for his transfer.

He made his debut in a 2-1 win against Ebbsfleet United on the opening day, before scoring a 90th minute equaliser at Kenilworth Road in the FA Trophy semi-final second-leg to book York's place in the final after a 2-1 aggregate win over Luton Town. Blair opened the scoring in the final against Newport County, before firing the winning goal in the 2012 Conference Play-Off Final against the Hatters to send York back to the Football League after an eight-year absence.

Blair bagged his first goal of the season 10 minutes from time at the New York Stadium on Tuesday night, as Gary Mills' side beat Rotherham United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. He has been capped twice for England C, both against Italy in the International Challenge Trophy, but he is yet to open his League Two account.

Ticket Information -

Tickets for the League Two clash with York City are now on sale.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Seated - £17 adult, £11 concession*, £16 ambulant & carer, FREE under 5's.

Standing - £16 adult, £10 concession*, £16 ambulant & carer, FREE under 5's.

*over 65/under 16 or students with a valid NUS card

Supporters can buy tickets from the Proact Stadium ticket office or by phone, 01246 488232.

Tickets will also be on sale on the day of the game.

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