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York City vs Doncaster Rovers – Preview

My only previous trip to Bootham Crescent came during our glorious league winning season of 03-04. Unfortunately the day will forever live in ignominy as the away end toilets were broken, which resulted in a steady stream of brown coloured water collecting at the bottom of the terraces. On their return to York, Rovers will be without their own shit puddle, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, due to injury. 

Joining ATS on the treatment table are (deep breath): Mathieu Baudry, Joe Wright, Harry Middleton, Craig Alcock, Gary McSheffrey and, of course, Paul Keegan. The injury situation at the Keepmoat has become so grim that a proposed friendly game against Kidderminster had to be postponed, much to the relief of anyone that had taken leave of their senses and had been toying with the idea of attending a pre season match between Doncaster Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers.

York City were sadly relegated out of the football league last season, finishing bottom of the league in the process. The Minstermen have since acted swiftly to force an upturn in fortunes this summer, bringing in no less than 15 new faces, with 14 players leaving the club, including former Rovers loanee Michael Ingham.

Our Yorkshire cousins received a 6-0 shellacking from Middlesbrough in their first pre season game but have since recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stalybridge Celtic before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at Bolton. Rovers will be looking to build on their impressive performance in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United but preventing further injuries will probably be Darren Ferguson’s main priority. The injury to Harry Middleton is particularly galling as this season is vital to the academy graduates progress. If there is one silver lining to Middleton’s injury, the fact that it pushes a move for Paul Green ever closer, is surely it.

Whilst friendly games should always be taken with a pinch of salt, York City were a League 2 club last season so this should be a good opportunity for Rovers to gage the potential performance levels of some of our divisional rivals.

Doncaster Rovers vs York City – Match Preview

Rovers come off the back of a victory against one Yorkshire club hoping to do the same again against another. Normally JPT games are pretty meaningless, especially at this early stage, but with the play offs still seemingly a distant possibility, the JPT is perhaps the only chance to make this season a successful one.

 

DRFC vs York City

With our squad considerably bigger than when we beat Burton in the first round, Tuesday night’s game against York City is an opportunity for fringe players such as Curtis Main and Paul Keegan to get some football under their belt as well a good chance for the various youth players in the senior squad to continue their development. A trip to York also gives the more discerning Rovers fan the chance to look in some little quaint shops selling thimbles and candles whilst taking in a bit of culture of a slightly higher standard than Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown’s annual appearance at the Doncaster Dome.

York have not had the best of starts to the season and find themselves 3 points off the relegation zone in 18th having won 2 league games all season. The Minster Men have also not won for five games and a strong victory would stand Rovers in good stead going into the international break. Rovers will have to be wary of complacency however as York City have already dumped out league 1 opposition in the form of Bradford in the first round albeit on penalties.

The York squad contains a few familiar faces with former Rovers loan striker Emile Sinclair likely to feature but unlikely to look like a professional footballer at any point. Alongside Sinclair could be another former Rovers loanee, goalkeeper Michael Ingham as well as Jamie McCombe’s younger and more handsome brother John McCombe or Baby Boom Boom as he is probably known. Watching from the bench will be York City manager Russ Wilcox who had a successful spell at Rovers before seemingly fulfilling every role at management level with Scunthorpe United.

It seems unlikely that Rob Jones will stay on full time as Rovers manager but a big win against York is the only way he will keep his name in the hat. Our fringe and youth players should be chomping at the bit and this is a big chance for Keegan, Main and also Forrester to show why they should be pushing for a starting berth. The only concern is defensive frailties but surely  we should have enough about us going forward to be able to defend from the front against league 2 opposition?

Match Prediction – York City 0-2 DRFC

With no game on Saturday there is nothing to stop Rovers going for it against York. Anything other than a comfortable victory would be a bitter disappointment. Main and Butler with the goals.