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Prolific Barnet striker Jake Hyde out of York City chief’s budget range
YORK City are unlikely to make a deadline day move for close-season transfer target Jake Hyde.
The Barnet forward, who has netted five times already this term, is unlikely to be made available by the high-flying Conference team unless a sizeable fee is offered for his services.
City boss Nigel Worthington has suggested the club would be in no position to match Barnet’s valuation, ruling out the possibility of a switch to Bootham Crescent ahead of the transfer window’s closure tonight.
The Minstermen chief said: “We did consider him in the summer but he’s scoring goals at Barnet.
“He’s their player and I wouldn’t think they would fancy letting him join anybody. The price on his head would also be far too much. We have got to be realistic and work accordingly.”
Worthington has not ruled out making further additions to his squad prior to this evening’s 11pm deadline having had five players unavailable for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Exeter.
Along with the banned Ryan Bowman, City left injured quartet Sander Puri, David McGurk, Richard Cresswell and Wes Fletcher behind in North Yorkshire but Worthington is expecting the club’s treatment room problems to ease in coming days.
He added: “We are still looking at Crezzie’s eye but Sander is very close, Dave McGurk is also coming on and Wes Fletcher might be training by midweek.”
Ashley Chambers also hobbled out of the action at St James Park but Worthington confirmed that the former Leicester forward had suffered cramp moments before he failed to block Alan Gow’s decisive second goal for the hosts.
“He got cramp after working very hard,” the City boss said of Chambers. “That might have affected him for their second goal but you have to put your body and life on the line and get in the way of the ball in that situation.”
For the second weekend running, Worthington went on to declare his satisfaction with the team’s general display while ruing the conceding of goals that might have been prevented.
Ryan Jarvis earlier given the visitors an 18th-minute lead with his fourth goal of the season and Worthington said: “For an away performance, I thought we were excellent.
“There was a lot of commitment, endeavour and quality but their goals have come when our mistakes were made. I don’t want us to play offside – I want us to stay with runners – but we didn’t do that for their first goal.
“For the second one, we did not close the ball down quickly enough and the pace of the shot beat Michael.”
Having also conceded a goal within five minutes of netting for a second consecutive match, Worthington added: “We have to keep things tight and try to prolong our leads so we don’t let teams straight back into games.
“It’s a learning process but I am under no illusions – we want points sooner rather than later.”
The Minstermen remain 20th in the League Two standings and without a win since the 1-0 triumph over Northampton on the opening day of the season but Worthington is insisting his players must not lose confidence or get demoralised, reasoning: “We have put a lot of balls into the box during the last two games and we have just got to keep doing what we are but cut out the goals against and get one or two more ourselves.
“The players have got to keep believing and we have got to keep their heads up. We have all got to remember where the club has come from in the last 12 or 15 months and adjusting takes time but, as long as the players stay honest and give their all, I can’t have any arguments with them.
“We have got nothing to show for all our hard work in the last two games and, you want to pick something up on the road if you can because, otherwise, it puts pressure on you at home.
“But we know what we have to do and are good enough to do it. Hopefully, we will get what we deserve against Wimbledon on Saturday although it won’t be easy because they are a big, strong, physical side.”
Worthington handed a full debut to Leicester centre-back George Taft at Exeter, while introducing fellow loan signing Ryan Brobbel, of Middlesbrough, as a second-half substitute.
On their performances, the City manager said: “I was very pleased with George.
“He attacked the ball and gave us a strong presence back there. Young Brobbel also showed in glimpses how he can manipulate the ball.”
Scarborough-born youth-team striker Tom Chamberlain was given his debut too after replacing recalled midfielder Lewis Montrose on 82 minutes.
“We stuck him up there because he has pace and decent feet for a very young player,” Worthington said of the teenager. “It’s nice for him and great for the academy that he has had some first-team experience.”
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