KEITH Lowe is anticipating another even encounter against his old club Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The York City sentinel played for this weekend’s visitors to Bootham Crescent during the 2-2 draw in November between the two sides prior to making the switch to North Yorkshire later that month after making 133 appearances for the Gloucestershire club.

Both teams currently have 35 points to their name and have won eight and drawn 11 Sky Bet League Two fixtures this term.

City, meanwhile, have scored one goal fewer but conceded two less than the Robins in 2013/14.

Recent matches between the two have also been close-fought affairs with four out of the last five fixtures ending honours even, including all three meetings since the Minstermen were promoted back to the Football League in 2012.

At Whaddon Road in autumn, Ryan Bowman equalised twice to earn the visitors a point and, asked about his expectations for Saturday, Lowe said: “I think it could be a similar contest.

“That one ended in a draw and this game might be tight as well but we want to get another win to cement our position in the table and give our home fans something to shout about.”

Having only left Cheltenham two-and-a-half months ago, Lowe is also willing to give City chief Nigel Worthington the rundown on his ex-team-mates if required, saying: “I will be passing on a few nuggets of information to try to get us a positive result.

“They are a good side and have a lot of good players, both in the 11 that start and those that come off the bench, so I couldn’t really single anybody out to look out for. They have a bit of everything, so we will have to be on our guard.”

Lowe added he bears no resentment towards the club that allowed him to leave after three-and-a-half years’ service in the south-west.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove,” he said. “There were no bad feelings at the end.

“I had a great rapport with the fans while I was there and it will be really nice to see some familiar faces again.”