Gary Mills laments loss of York City strike ace Ashley Chambers

York Press: New signing Ben Everson, centre, in the thick of the action on his debut for York City against Aldershot New signing Ben Everson, centre, in the thick of the action on his debut for York City against Aldershot

YORK City manager Gary Mills admitted his team were missing crocked striker Ashley Chambers following Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Aldershot.

The Minstermen have now failed to score in three of the six matches Chambers has sat out since suffering a stomach injury during the 4-1 home victory over Bristol Rovers in which he bagged a brace.

Two of the other games, meanwhile, have seen City score only once and, with the eight-goal joint-top scorer likely to be ruled out for another month, Mills will continue his search for attacking reinforcements this week.

The Bootham Crescent chief said: “It would be nice to get Ash back because we are missing him. He’s a big player for us and we lost him at a time when he was doing well.

“We are lacking wide strikers and that has affected us over the last few weeks. We’re missing Ash and Michael Coulson, and Oli Johnson hasn’t played a lot either.

“Alex Rodman also went down a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t available against Aldershot so we’re missing important players but still picking up points. I’m still trying to strengthen in that area and looking at a couple of options so, hopefully, we can do something.”

Mills described the Aldershot match as a “horrible” spectacle but praised his side for emerging from it with another point, following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham.

He added: “When it’s a horrible game, you have to make sure you don’t lose. We’ve said that a couple of times this season after we’ve ended up with nothing but we got ourselves a point.

“We needed a bit more quality on the ball and were a bit direct at times, which made it easy for their back four. But they made it hard by pressing us high and not giving us the opportunity to play from the back as much as we like to do.

“If you keep a clean sheet, though, the worst you get is a draw so it’s another valuable point and we have to keep picking them up.

“They were the division’s form team and you can’t be naive enough to think that you can just turn up and win.

“I feel both teams would agree a draw was a fair result. The last two matches haven’t been classics, but we’ve rolled our sleeves up and got a point out of both of them.

“We’re not easy to beat and kept our discipline and shape (against Aldershot). I know the crowd were getting frustrated, but you can’t allow that to get to you as professional footballers. You have to stick to your jobs.”

Mills also gave new striker Ben Everson his Football League debut as a 71st-minute substitute following his move from the Icelandic premier division.

On the 25-year-old forward’s first outing, Mills added: “He’s a good player and had a couple of good touches.

“He maybe had a good chance at the near post as well, but I could not really tell from where I was.”

Mills went on to praise the fans who volunteered to help ensure Saturday’s game went ahead despite the freezing weather.

Snow was cleared off the covers that were protecting the playing surface, as well as off the terraces, while a snow plough and gritter were donated by St Peter’s School to make the car park safe.

“The pitch was excellent and the only problem was the bit the linesman runs up and down,” Mills said. “I’d like to thank everybody who came down and helped myself and Des (Lyttle).

“Their efforts were appreciated and we’ve done really well to get a game on. Sometimes it’s all too easy to call a game off, but everybody got through a lot of hard work to make sure it went ahead.”

City are now hoping the playing surface will be capable of staging a reserve team friendly against Scunthorpe tomorrow afternoon.

Fit-again Johnson is expected to feature in the match.

Only two other games beat the big freeze in League Two.

Northampton took advantage of the inaction of other teams around them to climb into the play-off places with a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion.

Adebayo Akinfenwa headed the only goal of the game in the 69th minute to move the Cobblers to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

Wycombe continued their good form under player-manager Gareth Ainsworth and are up to 16th after a 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge at Adams Park, Sam Wood netting in the 32nd minute.

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12:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Hats off to Gary Mills if he was out there clearing snow on Saturday morning, gone up a notch in my estimation. Was our chairman also helping?
Hats off to Gary Mills if he was out there clearing snow on Saturday morning, gone up a notch in my estimation. Was our chairman also helping? lord_love_rocket

1:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

MilkandTwo says...

lord_love_rocket wrote:
Hats off to Gary Mills if he was out there clearing snow on Saturday morning, gone up a notch in my estimation. Was our chairman also helping?
Don't know about this time but Jason McGill was there with a shovel when we did it for the Boxing Day game a couple of years ago. Bought us all a pint afterwards too.
[quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: Hats off to Gary Mills if he was out there clearing snow on Saturday morning, gone up a notch in my estimation. Was our chairman also helping?[/p][/quote]Don't know about this time but Jason McGill was there with a shovel when we did it for the Boxing Day game a couple of years ago. Bought us all a pint afterwards too. MilkandTwo

3:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

YO1 says...

Well done Gary and Des along with the other City fans who turned up with a shovel on Saturday morning.

Interestingly, I haven't noticed many regular posters on here acknowledging they turned up to shift the snow. I know many fans don't live in York and make supreme efforts to attend games but a little humility and recognition for those that go the extra mile wouldn't go amiss when posting criticism of those keeping the club running.

We all had the chance to help on Saturday so those that did, thank you, including St Peters school. Actions speak louder than words.
Well done Gary and Des along with the other City fans who turned up with a shovel on Saturday morning. Interestingly, I haven't noticed many regular posters on here acknowledging they turned up to shift the snow. I know many fans don't live in York and make supreme efforts to attend games but a little humility and recognition for those that go the extra mile wouldn't go amiss when posting criticism of those keeping the club running. We all had the chance to help on Saturday so those that did, thank you, including St Peters school. Actions speak louder than words. YO1

5:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

updarails123 says...

I agree with YO1its was a great boost to all the helpers to see Gary and Des putting in a shift. Shame the youth teams players couldn't of joined in,would of made the job a little easier. May be next time..

Updarails
I agree with YO1its was a great boost to all the helpers to see Gary and Des putting in a shift. Shame the youth teams players couldn't of joined in,would of made the job a little easier. May be next time.. Updarails updarails123

6:18pm Mon 21 Jan 13

play up city says...

Well im from Goole and if i could of been there to clear the pitch then i would of....
Well done millsy and all those who got the game on on saturday just shows you where the club is in gary...The heart
Well im from Goole and if i could of been there to clear the pitch then i would of.... Well done millsy and all those who got the game on on saturday just shows you where the club is in gary...The heart play up city

10:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

toppingneverfouledkeegan says...

Great effort by the snowshovellers. However, I can't help wondering whether City would have been better off if the helpers had stayed at home and the match had been postponed, so that our superior footballing skills could have shone against Aldershot on a more suitable surface later in the season?
Great effort by the snowshovellers. However, I can't help wondering whether City would have been better off if the helpers had stayed at home and the match had been postponed, so that our superior footballing skills could have shone against Aldershot on a more suitable surface later in the season? toppingneverfouledkeegan

11:09am Tue 22 Jan 13

old_school_minsterman says...

toppingneverfouledke
egan
wrote:
Great effort by the snowshovellers. However, I can't help wondering whether City would have been better off if the helpers had stayed at home and the match had been postponed, so that our superior footballing skills could have shone against Aldershot on a more suitable surface later in the season?
What was wrong with the surface?
[quote][p][bold]toppingneverfouledke egan[/bold] wrote: Great effort by the snowshovellers. However, I can't help wondering whether City would have been better off if the helpers had stayed at home and the match had been postponed, so that our superior footballing skills could have shone against Aldershot on a more suitable surface later in the season?[/p][/quote]What was wrong with the surface? old_school_minsterman

12:37pm Tue 22 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

I hope DUFFY has been banned after his foul mouthed tirade yesterday
I hope DUFFY has been banned after his foul mouthed tirade yesterday lord_love_rocket

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