YORK City boss Nigel Worthington could look to loan a young striker from a higher division if his team continue to fire blanks.

The Minstermen have managed more shots than their opponents in all seven of their fixtures this term but are yet to taste victory in 2014/15 and have only scored once from open play.

Having also failed to net in their last two outings - against Wycombe and Barnsley - Worthington is now looking for his players to demonstrate, during tomorrow's SkyBet League Two match at Stevenage, that the answer to the team's goal problems still lies within the current squad.

If the don't, he could follow the example of Johnstone's Paint Trophy conquerors Barnsley, who had on-loan Manchester City teenager Devante Cole on target during their midweek win.

"We inquired about a couple of players before the transfer window closed but there was nothing doing," Worthington revealed. "Not many people let you have out-and-out strikers who finish well and you are probably looking at young strikers from higher up the leagues.

"Basically, somebody that might be frustrated because they have so many top-class players in front of them and they're not getting a game. The loan window will be opening next week and, if we have to go down that route we will do, but the players have got a chance to put things right against Stevenage tomorrow and, hopefully, take some chances.

"It is also down to if and when someone is available and they have to be the right person to fit into our group."

The City chief added, however, that the responsibility for a lack of firepower should not be levelled solely at the door of the club's forwards, reasoning: "It's a squad thing, not a striker thing.

"We have to be positive to make things happen. We have good players who I have got faith in but, at some stage, we have to make all our good build-up play count because, if you don't take your chances, sooner or later the opposition will and, then, you are fighting an uphill battle."

Worthington is hoping last season's 13-goal leading marksman Wes Fletcher will be fit enough to make his first league start since mid-February after being substituted during the interval at Oakwell due to a hamstring twinge.

"He's improving," the Bootham Crescent boss said of Fletcher's condition. "We will have a look at him tomorrow morning to see where he's at.

"We won't risk him, but it seems to be settling down and we will see how he reacts to doing some work."

Midfielder Tom Platt, meanwhile, is ruled out with a minor ankle problem that should clear up in time for him to be back in training next week.

With his team just one match short equal of a Football League record of six successive draws at the start of a season, Worthington is taking psychological encouragement from being one of four teams in the division still unbeaten - the others are high-flying trio Burton, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury - even though his players could have still lost three matches and picked up more points with a couple of wins.

"You prefer more points no matter how you get them but the fact that we are unbeaten in the league is a little plus from a mental point of view," he explained. "We've just got to go out and get three points.

"We have a method of playing and it's important we stick to it, because it works for us. We've just got to start taking our chances."

Ahead of their latest challenge, Worthington has also told supporters not to necessarily expect the direct and muscular style of play that Stevenage boss Graham Westley has built his reputation on in the past.

He said: "We will have to deal with their set plays but I think anybody who labels them long ball is wrong. We have watched them and they are knocking it about a bit more."