The Clarets are set to make the long trip up north on Saturday 14th January to play Vanarama National League side York City in the Isuzu FA Trophy 4th Round with a place in the last 16 of the competition up for grabs. (KO 3pm)
York City sit in 14th place having played 26 games in the Vanarama National League this season. They have won 8, drawn 8, and lost 10, scoring 32 goals and conceding 30 in the league campaign so far which all adds up to 32 league points.
York have had an up and down season in the league, a strong late August and early September saw them pick up 11 out of a possible 15 points but then a poor run of form ensued in October and November when they went 9 games in all competitions without a win which cost previous manager John Askey his position. However, since then, they have only 1 loss in their last 5 games. It is their first season back in the National League since 2016-17 after promotion last season from the National League North when they beat Boston United in the playoff final.
York also have an excellent recent record in the FA Trophy, winning the competition in 2012 and 2017 and reaching the semi-finals last season before losing to eventual winners Bromley, who fielded current Claret Liam Trotter in that game.
In terms of players, York have former Colchester keeper Ethan Ross, between the sticks, who is on loan from League Two Stockport County. In defence they have former Harrogate fullback Ryan Fallowfield as well as experienced former Motherwell and Chesterfield centre-half Fraser Kerr.
In midfield areas they have brought in Paddy McLaughlin on loan from Kidderminster who is in his 3rd spell with the club having been part of the team that won the Trophy in 2012 and the same season won the Conference playoffs. They also have former Dunfermline midfielder Dan Pybus who has just signed a new contract this week.
In attacking areas they have signed two talented youngsters on loan. Shaq Forde on loan from Watford, fresh off a hat-trick against Maidstone last weekend and also Ollie Tanner on loan from Cardiff who was subject of a bid from Spurs last season when he was at Lewes. They also have experienced striker Lenell John-Lewis who counts Grimsby, Shrewsbury and Newport amongst his former clubs. A target man up front for them will be Dutch striker Manny Duku who was in the National League South last season with Havant but has also played in the Football League and in Scotland.
York City’s manager is 42 year old David Webb. Webb is in his first senior management role and only took over in early December from John Askey. Webb never played professional football but has been a highly regarded academy coach working at Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Southampton. He has also been Technical Director in Sweden with Ostersund and his most recent role before York was Head of Football Operations at Huddersfield.
Chelmsford City gave a number of senior players a rest in the Essex Senior Cup win over Coggeshall so manager Robbie Simpson should have a number of options to choose from.
One player definitely absent will be Arjanit Krasniqi who is cup-tied having played for Dover earlier in the competition but striker Reece Grant is now available for the rest of the tournament.
Tickets are now available to be purchased in advance of the 3pm kick-off on Saturday, 14th January and can be bought by clicking this link.
Ticket prices online:
Adult – £10
Concession (60+ / U18s) – £5
Entry can also be purchased on the day, with a limited amount of tickets available at the LNER Community Stadium. York’s ticket office will be open between 12pm-2pm on Saturday, and the address is as follows: Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross Dr, Huntington, York, YO32 9AF.
Supporters who are driving to the LNER Community Stadium can pre-purchase matchday parking through York’s website for £5.
Ticket prices on the day:
Adult – £10
Concession (60+ / U18s) – £5
On the day ticket sales will be from the North Stand Ticket Booth, which will be open from 12pm on Matchday.
Please be aware that the game WILL be segregated. Away supporters will be housed in blocks EA and EB. The rest of the East Stand and the South Stand are on sale to York City supporters (West and North Stands are closed for this fixture).
Please also note that in order to purchase tickets online, supporters will need to register an account on York’s official website, which you can do here!
A matchday programme will be available on the day at £3.
How to get there
There are limited spaces on the Supporters Coach but please book in advance via the following details:
Y22 Bus Service
The Y22 Shuttle Bus service, kindly organised by York City Supporters Trust and First York, will be running for this fixture.
The Y22 service runs from two hours before kick-off and after the game until the ground is clear, up to 90 minutes after the full-time whistle. This increases the frequency of buses running between Stonebow in the City Centre and the Monks Cross Park & Ride stop, as well as freeing up capacity on the existing number 9 route.
Fans wishing to use the service will need to purchase the Y22 tickets from the First Bus app, which are priced at:
- Adult return: £3.50
- Child/Concessionary return: £2
- Adult single: £2
- Child/Concessionary single: £1
No other tickets will be valid on the service.
If you catch a taxi, we recommend using the North car park to drop off and pick up.
The main station is York Station, which is situated in the centre of York, around three miles from the LNER Community Stadium. Bus services are available directly from outside the station.
Where to follow the game…
The Club will be providing coverage of the game on Twitter (@OfficialClarets) using the hashtag #TheClarets.
There will also be live audio commentary from Radio Clarets.
Post-match reports and interviews will be found on the club website, social media and ClaretsTV following the game.
It set to be a chilly afternoon with 6 degrees expected at kick-off with it hopefully being dry after early rain has cleared.