Stockport County host York City this weekend in what is another massive National League North game for both teams, with the two former EFL sides keen to remain in the hunt for promotion.
The game comes amid contrasting fortunes for the two clubs, County are without a league victory in three matches whilst York come into the fixture off the back of five victories and a draw in their last six matches.
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 and into The Football Conference, ending 75 years of membership in the league. Since that point, the club managed to achieve promotion back to the fourth tier of English Football but now occupy the National League North after a disastrous two years which included successive relegations.
Despite the uncertainty that plagued them last season, City have taken to the sixth tier rather well after appointing former Darlington manager Martin Gray midway through the season. They currently sit in fourth position and are six games unbeaten in the league, most recently drawing with Spennymoor.
Chris Smalley will hope to keep his place after a return to first team action at Harrogate on Tuesday, with the former Kendal man scoring County’s solitary goal that night. But he’ll face competition from Michael Clarke for that right-sided centre back spot alongside Jamie Stott or Stephen O’Halloran.
Rhys Turner is still out with a minor ankle injury, but Matty Warburton could play a part after returning as an unused substitute versus Harrogate following his own injury problems. Sam Minihan is still a way from completing his rehabilitation and County’s most capped player this season, Dan Cowan, will continue on the right side of defence.
Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD.
Admission for the game will cost supporters £15/£10/£5 with pay-on-the-gate available for both home and away fans. The club have asked spectators to arrive early though, with a crowd close to 4,000 expected.
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