Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CONFERENCE .............


City are another side who narrowly mised out on a place in the Football League, losing in the playoff final to Oxford United, I was at that game and whilst United were worthy winners after racing into a two goal lead, all credit to York for keeping going and making a game of it. I was very impressed with front man Richard Brodie, who was named Conference POTY and not just for his goals, but his all round play and I am stunned that no one has yet come in for the 23 yo. It is very rare to find a striker his size, with pace , work rate and an eye for goal and surely he will find his way into the FL sooner rather than later. He is not the only goalscorer on their books with Gash and Rankine also being fairly prolific in their own right. Boss Martin Foyle has found a way to accomodate all of them atm, by switching to a 4-3-3 formation in the last two and a bit games, this allied to the signing of Peter Till from Walsall, who is an old fashioned and talented winger, means that they are creating chances for fun. It earned them points in two tricky away starts last week and now they are ready for a win in front of their own fans.
Barrow is so remote that even their own players are travelling fairly long distances for home games and at various times in the recent past they have trained during the week in either Preston or Manchester, circa 150km away ! So this cluster of games is far from ideal for them. The two teams met at the tail end of last season with City running out comfortable winners, hosts look stronger if anything atm and Barrow weaker having lost Andy Bond and Stuart Tomlinson to league clubs in the summer.

I have just watched highlights of the last two meetings here, Barrow had terrible problems with the pace of the York front men, especially out wide and Brodie had the freedom of the park , he scored three times over the two games and that number could have been doubled.Two teams with very different objectives for the season and time for City to start taking all these chances and a comfortable win looks on the cards.

York -0.75 ball 1.90 +

Good Luck.

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