Striker Ryan Bowman aims to shoot down Wycombe as York City bid to return to winning ways (From York Press)
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Striker Ryan Bowman aims to shoot down Wycombe as York City bid to return to winning ways
RYAN Bowman will play some part in York City’s League Two clash at Wycombe Wanderers on his return from a three-match suspension.
The 21-year-old forward has been unavailable since being sent off four minutes after coming on as a substitute during last month’s 3-2 defeat at Bristol Rovers.
Bowman has yet to start a game for the Minstermen following his summer switch from Hereford, being hailed from the bench in all his previous four outings.
But, with four-goal top-scorer Ryan Jarvis and on-loan winger Ryan Brobbel still the only City players to find the net eight games into the new campaign, Bowman is in contention to kick off tomorrow’s Adams Park clash, having hit the target 19 times last season.
On Bowman’s first XI prospects, Worthington said: “He will be back in the squad and will either be in from the start or come off the bench at some stage. He will certainly have a part to play and we will go from there.”
Second-bottom City are yet to field the same starting line-up in consecutive matches this season and Worthington has challenged each player in tomorrow’s team to stake their claims for regular selection.
He added: “You always want a settled group of players but, when you get indifferent results, things have to change. I have told the players I can only pick 11 of them at any one time and it’s up to them then to grab their chance and stay in the team for the next match.”
Richard Cresswell will be the only absentee in Buckinghamshire, as he begins a three-match ban following his red card against Mansfield last weekend.
With both Bowman and Cresswell receiving their marching orders for retaliation, Worthington has also called on his players to control their reactions to opposition intimidation.
The City boss, whose team are currently fifth-bottom in League Two’s Fair Play League, said: “I wouldn’t put the red cards down to discipline because the players know I am very tight on that on the pitch, as well as inside and outside of the club.
“I think Ryan Bowman let himself down by his actions. They weren’t threatening but their player responded to the movement of Ryan’s arm, the referee’s assistant saw it and the rest is history.
“Last weekend, Crezzie was the one who was wrestled to the ground.
“He then put his hand out to keep their players at a distance and ended up getting done for that.
“But it’s all about how you react in football scenarios and maybe we need to refresh a few minds.
“It is the natural thing to react sometimes but you have got to let the referee deal with incidents at their source.”
City travel to Buckinghamshire hoping to avoid a seventh defeat in eight games against a home team who have won their last four fixtures but Worthington is optimistic about his team’s chances.
Said the City leader, pictured above: “The spirit and work-rate has been excellent and that is something that will get us through this situation.
“We need everybody pulling together and maybe a little rub of the green.”
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