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Match preview: Cheltenham v York City
SITTING on the bench is proving uncomfortable admits York City striker Ryan Bowman – who is hoping his exploits in the 4-1 thumping of Scunthorpe will be enough to keep him in the side for tomorrow’s trip to Cheltenham.
The former Hereford and Darlington forward hadn’t started for the Minstermen since the second game of the season – the League Cup clash against Burnley – but played a major part as The Iron were put to the sword in a magical first half at Bootham Crescent.
Having been patient, the 21-year-old is now hoping his partnership with Wes Fletcher on Tuesday night, which saw the pair cause Scunthorpe constant misery, will get another chance at Whaddon Road.
“I don’t like being on the bench to be fair,” Bowman admitted. “You have just got to keep doing it in training and then when you are called up, as I was on Tuesday, you have to work hard and, hopefully, things will fall for you.”
“The team did very well – 4-0 up after 40 minutes – it was a great win and great going in at half-time when you are four goals up,” he added of York’s Scunthorpe exploits.
“I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get a goal, I am a striker and I want to get goals, but it was about the three points and we got them.
“The manager said lead from the front, get into their faces, show the defenders we were there and keep running.
“If you hold the ball up it brings everyone else into play and we managed to do that well together. Wes got his goal and so did the other two.
“I have been waiting a long time. The first start was Burnley in the cup, the second game of the season. Ever since then I have been coming off the bench.
“Obviously I got the suspension as well. That was my first start for a while and I was really excited to get on there.”
When asked whether he thought his performance would be enough to keep his place against The Robins, Bowman said: “I hope so. All the players were pleased and I was pleased with my own performance.
“The manager was pleased. I think me and Wes did well together and I am hoping it will be the same again tomorrow.
“Hopefully we can carry on from Tuesday and pick up where we left off.”
All that’s missing now for Bowman, who scored 19 goals for Hereford last season, is a net-buster for the Minstermen and, of his desire to open his account for his new club, he added: “That’s my next one. The goals will come.
“I got 19 goals last season and the players have said ‘the goals will come, keep working hard’.”
IN five previous Football League trips to Whaddon Road, City have won once and drawn three times.
The victory was in 1999/2000 when Mark Sertori later to play for Cheltenham, scored the only goal of the game.
The solitary defeat was 4-0 in 2001/2.
The corresponding fixture last term was on January 12, 2013 when Jason Walker scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw. The line-up was: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk (Allan), Fyfield, Parslow, Potts (Reed), Kerr, McLaughlin (Challinor), Walker, Blair.
Other players who have represented both clubs include Sam McNab, Neil Grayson and Paul Brayson, while the managerial link is John Ward.
It happened on November 2
1946: Alf Patrick scored on his debut in a 3-2 win over Stockport County at Bootham Crescent. The attendance for this Division Three North encounter was 6,842 and the other marksmen were Jack Pinder (penalty) and Les Forster.
1985: Dale Banton was the scorer in a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers in the Third Division (League One).
1991: A 2-0 Fourth Division (League Two) home victory over Walsall with Shaun Reid and Wayne Hall on the score-sheet watched by 1,605.
1996: Graeme Murty netted in a 1-0 win over Burnley in the Second Division (League One) in front of 5,958.
1999: A 1-0 win at Carlisle United in the Third Division (League Two) with John Williams on target.
Compiled by Dave Batters
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