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Goal tally of York City's Ryan Jarvis no shock to Torquay United coach Chris Brass
12:35pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
TORQUAY United assistant-manager Chris Brass is not shocked that Ryan Jarvis will return to Plainmoor this afternoon as League Two’s joint-top marksman.
Jarvis has netted five times this term – a tally only equalled in the lowest echelon of the Football League by Rochdale’s Scott Hogan, Wycombe forward Dean Morgan and Michael Smith, of AFC Wimbledon.
The 27-year-old York City hitman left Torquay in the summer having never managed double figures during any previous campaign as a professional.
Take away Jarvis’ goals, however, against the Minstermen and Bristol Rovers during last season’s run-in and the Gulls would have been relegated.
That is a fact not lost on former City boss Brass, who became Gulls manager Alan Knill’s number two with only seven fixtures left to play last term.
Jarvis started 12 of the final 14 games under Knill, having previously been on the fringes at the Devon club, who were subsequently keen to retain his services over the summer.
On Jarvis’ impact at Bootham Crescent, Brass said: “It definitely doesn’t surprise me that Ryan is the division’s leading scorer. He was somebody who we tried to keep in the summer but we could not compete with the deals he was offered elsewhere.
“He scored crucial goals to keep us up and did a really good job. He’s a very good footballer who showed bags of potential in his younger days when he worked under Nigel (Worthington) and, while he’s getting a little older now, he could still play higher up again.”Jarvis is certain to start today’s match although City captain Chris Smith will be watching his fourth consecutive game from the bench.
His former City team-mate Brass, though, is backing Smith to recover from the disappointment of being dropped from the starting line-up.
Brass released Smith after he was forced to cut costs following the Minstermen’s relegation from the Football League in 2004.
But he was delighted that the former Mansfield defender, after rejoining City, skippered the club to promotion from the Conference and then played a key role in keeping the team up last season.
“I enjoyed playing with Chris at York and he was a good defender,” Brass recalled.
“He had potential but finances dictated back then.
“I know how hard it is to get back in the League as a player once you drop out.
“I did it myself and you have to prove yourself all over again but, in the same way as Ryan Jarvis was a key player in keeping us up last season, Chris was just as important for York.
“He played well at our place and he was a leader for the club during that run-in, marshalling the defence and going on to score a goal and help keep a clean sheet in that last match.
“I am sure, after all he has done for the club, he will be champing at the bit to get back in and pushing Dave McGurk and Dan Parslow for their places.
“Having him out of the side will certainly mean they need to keep producing on the pitch.”
Last season’s corresponding fixture coincided with Brass’ appointment at Plainmoor and left the 38-year-old coach with mixed emotions as it meant his old club remained entrenched in the relegation zone with six games left to play.
He was relieved, therefore, when both teams eventually steered themselves clear of trouble on a dramatic final day.
On his memories of that last meeting, Brass added: “As a professional, I had come in to do a job and didn’t know how long I was going to be there so I was delighted with the result but I was also worried for York because I had been so pleased to see the club get back into the League.
“I would also say that I came away that day thinking they had enough to get out of the situation.”
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