York City striker Ryan Jarvis says his Torquay days are long gone as he looks to get on the scoresheet (From York Press)
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York City striker Ryan Jarvis says his Torquay days are long gone as he looks to get on the scoresheet
RYAN Jarvis has admitted he will settle for a goal off his backside on his return to former club Torquay United tomorrow.
The York City striker scored a wonder goal past current team-mate Michael Ingham for the host side during last season’s corresponding fixture.
But the Minstermen’s top scorer will accept a scruffier effort or even be happy not to make the scoresheet, as long as the visitors come out on top at his old stamping ground.
Recalling the last meeting between the Gulls and City, Jarvis said: “A draw would have probably been a fair result and we were hanging on at the end.
“I was pleased to score on that day and, hopefully, I can go back and get another one tomorrow.
“I won’t care if the ball goes in off my bum this time but, while it would be nice to score, it’s more important to take three points back with us on our seven-hour journey home.”
Jarvis added he feels no compulsion to show Torquay fans what they are missing with 24 of his 57 appearances during a stop-start, 18-month spell with the Devon club having come from the bench.
He is one of only two outfield players – Lanre Oyebanjo being the other – to have started every game for the Minstermen this term and is League Two’s top marksman with five goals but, ahead of his Plainmoor reunion, Jarvis added: “I’m not really bothered about proving a point.
“I think I am doing that now because I have played every game this season and I am doing all right.
“I’ve always known that if I play regularly I can produce but, when you are in and out of the team, you don’t have that confidence in front of goal or match fitness, which makes it hard for you to go in and do well.
“I don’t really know what reception I will get from Torquay’s fans. I think I had a good relationship with them and I enjoyed my time there.
“I worked as hard as I could and scored a few goals. I can’t remember receiving any stick when I was there but I suppose, if I do tomorrow, it will just add more spice to the game.
“I’m really excited about going back because I’ve still got lots of friends there. It will be a little strange playing against them but, as soon as that first whistle blows, it’s match day and you forget about all that.
“Then, it will be all about concentrating on getting three points.”
Jarvis was offered a contract by new Gulls manager Alan Knill at the end of last season but opted instead to renew acquaintances with City chief Nigel Worthington, who gave him his Championship debut for Norwich at the age of 16.
On his summer swap, Jarvis explained: “My family wanted to move but I was also excited by the opportunity to work with the gaffer again.
“I loved playing under him at Norwich and, when I spoke to him, I could see the desire and ambition he has for the club.”
Torquay are only expected to field five of Jarvis’ former team-mates in tomorrow’s starting line-up but City’s 27-year-old forward has a good idea of what the visitors can expect.
He said: “There are a lot of new players but I know the manager likes to pass the football.
“They will be a threat if we allow them to play so we will need to get on top of them. The captain Lee Mansell is a big player for them.
“He likes to get on the ball and drive them on from midfield so we will need to get in his face and stop him from playing.”
Jarvis might also be going back to the south-west with a current reputation as the division’s deadliest marksman but he has confessed his cross last weekend for striking partner Wes Fletcher’s second goal gave him just as much satisfaction as finding the net himself.
“I love assisting and I was so pleased for Wes that he got two goals and that I put a cross in for one of them,” he revealed.
“It’s not all about scoring goals, it’s about creating goals too and it was nice to see some more players on the scoresheet.”
Jarvis pointed out, though, that it is up to himself and Fletcher to carry on producing the goods with competition for attacking places at Bootham Crescent strong.
He said: “It feels like me and Wes are connecting well and the goals are obviously a confidence booster but I think all the strikers here can do a great job. Crezzie has obviously got every bit of experience that you need.
“Ryan Bowman also had a great season last year and is hungry to get in the team and make his presence felt.
“Me and Wes have had a few games together and it’s looked good but that has to continue.
“You can’t just do it for a few games and then it stops.”
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