The Hatters take on York City at Bootham Crescent this weekend, with Jim Gannon’s side high on confidence following the demolition of Southport on Tuesday.
Founded in 1908, York had been mainstays of The Football League until as recently as 2004, when they were relegated out of the old Third Division to The Football Conference, ending 75 years of membership in the league. Since that point, the club have been promoted back to the fourth tier of English Football and before a return to The National League North after a disastrous two years and successive relegations (County fans will know that feeling!).
Despite the uncertainty off the pitch, the club are in a strong position for the coming season and are one of the favourites to go up behind Salford City. Managed by former Wrexham manager, Gary Mills, City will be a side to look out for this season. The club have started reasonably and are 8th place, level on points with County.
York have also recently announced a new 8,000 seater stadium to match their on-field aims of a return to the football league, meaning this year’s game at Bootham Crescent could be the last.
County’s early-season injury crisis seems to have settled and the club are now only without the injured Adam Thomas. Chris Smalley will hope to win his place back in defence whilst Ben McKenna will hope to make an impact after acting as an unused substitute in the midweek game to Southport.
Gary Stopforth will hope to make his first start for the club but faces tough competition after impressive performances from the midfield trio of James Ball, Harry Winter and Sam Walker.
Venue: Bootham Crescent, York YO30 7AQ
Photo: Football Ground Guide
Tickets for County fans are priced at £14/£10/£5. But if you’re not lucky enough to make the trip to Yorkshire, Imagine 104.9 will have live commentary of the match.
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