Mission by the Minster for Town

Tom Barkhuizen scores the winning goal with a glancing header
Tom Barkhuizen scores the winning goal with a glancing header
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IT’S a season in which every game holds a new challenge for Fleetwood Town, and manager Micky Mellon knows just what to expect tonight.

The Cod Army’s last trip to York City was in April, Richard Brodie scoring the only goal to keep Town’s promotion challenge on course.

Victory in the play-offs ensured The Minstermen followed Fleetwood into League Two and Mellon is only too aware of the challenge his side will face at Bootham Crescent.

He said: “York are one of the teams we know the most about. They are a good footballing side and they came up with ourselves last year.

“I am sure it will be a very, very good game of football under the lights, with a great atmosphere.

“You only have to look at Saturday’s game against a so-called bottom side (Barnet) to see how tough this league can be.

“York, like us, have made a very strong start, so we know it’s going to be difficult.

“I pretty much know how York are going to line up and how they are going to play.

“We have to keep our focus and work hard if we are going to get a result.”

Despite a tough enounter with Barnet on Saturday, Mellon is not expecting to have any new injury problems, with almost a full squad to choose from for the trip to Bootham Crescent.

“Everybody trained on Monday, just a bit of a loosener for the lads, and it looks like I’ve got almost a fully fit squad to take over to York,” said Mellon.

One concern remaining is over the fitness of Andy Mangan, absent from Saturday’s win over Barnet with a mystery ailment.

Mellon said: “He’s not trained today. We’ll just have to see how things are over the next 24 hours before we make a decision.

“But I’m very pleased with my squad and I believe we’ve got cover for most eventualities.”

Cover for Mangan on Saturday came from on-loan Blackpool youngster Tom Barkhuizen, who scored Fleetwood’s winner ten minutes from time.

Mellon said: “Tom is a lad with fantastic potential. That’s why I brought him here.

“He’s done well on Saturday and worked hard for his goal.”

Another man staking a claim for a place in Mellon’s starting XI will be striker David Ball, who grabbed his first Football League goal for the club from the penalty spot against the Bees.

Mellon said: “They are all here to play first-team football and David Ball did very well on Saturday.

“He did what we asked him to do and got his goal, and I’ll certainly keep that in mind.”

Goalkeeper Scott Davies was in the last Fleetwood side to travel to York.

He said: “It’s a couldron over there. York is one of those places where you’ve got to beat the crowd before you beat the team.

“They’ve started well, but so have we and so we’ll be going there to get a result.”

York are expected to be unchanged from the side which beat Aldershot on Saturday, last season’s leading scorer Matty Blair expected to start for the Minstermen.

Unlikely to figure for the home side is former Blackpool defender and Burnley skipper Clarke Carlisle, who has been unable to force his way back into Gary Mills’ thinking having been sidelined by injury.