LANRE Oyebanjo will not mind missing out on a place in York City's history books tomorrow as long as the team beat Accrington Stanley.
The 23-year-old right back has played every game during a run of seven consecutive sheets, which is one short of the club record for all competitions, set durign teh first two months of 1985.
Back then, goalkeepers Mike Astbury and Roger Jones shared the gloves, behind a defence that included the likes of Steve Senior, Ricky Sbragia, John MacPhail, Alan Hay and Steve Richards.
It took a goal by Liverpool legend Ian Rush to bring that sequence to and end but, with a play-off place firmly in his sight, Oyebanjo is only interested in matching that landmark if it means the Minstermen have collected maximum points by 5pm.
The former Histon full back said: "Equalling a club record is important but I would rather take a 2-1 than a 0-0 draw because we just want to win the game. I want to keep a clean sheet in every game as a defender but the main goal is to win games.
"If we keep the back door shut, there's obviously more chance of doing that and, then, we've got to chip in with a few goals from all around the pitch, me included, because I haven't scored all season."
Oyebanjo is the only member of the current first XI to have played during City's last successful play-off push two years ago.
Whereas the Minstermen were promotion candidates for virtually the whole of the 2011/12 Conference campaign, however, this season has seen the team rise from a position just outside the relegation zone on goal difference at the turn of the year.
Ex-Republic of Ireland under-21 international Oyebanjo insists, though, that the second-half-of-the-season charge has come as no surprise to him and that City can look to the last two Sky Bet League Two play-off final winners as cause for inspiration.
He added: "In my mind, I've always thought we could get in the play-offs this season because I feel we can beat anybody in this league and there's always a team that comes up late. It's been Crewe and Bradford the last two seasons and they have ended up going up.
"But we have got three games now during a busy ten days, so we have got to focus on those matches before we think about getting into the play-offs."
Following tomorrow's Accrington clash, City travel to play-off rivals Oxford on Good Friday and then host Bury three days later.
A further home match with Newport will follow before the season ends at automatic promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe.
On that run-in, Oyebanjo reasoned: "It's always preferable to play at home and it's good that the run-in is slightly weighted in our favour in terms of us having three of the last five at home. There's also a big game at Oxford in and around that, though, and every game is massive at this stage of the season."
Increasingly, City look to be locked in a four-way fight for two top-seven slots with Southend, Oxford and Plymouth.
The latter pair meet tomorrow but Oyebanjo is not focussing on which rival looks best equipped to succeed, arguing that the Minstermen only have to take care of their own results.
"I couldn't say which team offers the bigger threat," he said. "There are games that will see teams take points off each other, but we have just got to focus on ourselves.
"If we get results, then we know that will do the job. It's all about what we do because it's in our own hands. It would be different if it wasn't.
"Then, maybe you would look around at other results for a bit of help."
LAST season, Accrington made their first Football League visit to Bootham Crescent in more than half a century when the sides met almost exactly a year ago.
On April 6, 2013, watched by 4,446, the match was drawn 1-1 with Adam Reed the scorer.
The line-up was: Ingham,
Oyebanjo, Smith, McGurk (Coulson), O’Connell, Parslow, Reed, Platt,
Carson, Cresswell (Walker), Chambers (Blair).
The Lancashire club made 24 League trips between 1929 and 1961, winning five times and drawing six.
The biggest of City’s 13 victories was in 1951/52 when Billy Fenton notched a hat-trick in a 6-1 win.
Another hat-trick man was John Edgar in a 3-0 win in 1959/60.
City’s last win in the series was 1-0 in 1960/61 with Colin Addison on the scoresheet and Stanley’s last success here was 3-0 in 1957/58.
This fixture attracted 19,483 when the sides met at Bootham Crescent on Good Friday, 1955 and the gates had to be closed with several
hundred locked out.
The top of the table Division Three North game was drawn 1-1.
Among the players who have appeared for both clubs are Tom Lockie, Syd Storey, Alex Hamilton, Rory Prendergast, Ian Blackstone and Paul Crichton.
City will equal a club record if they keep a clean sheet tomorrow.
In 1984/85 (January/February), City did not concede a goal in eight games (four League, two FA Cup, two Football League Trophy. Mick Astbury kept goal in seven of these fixtures and Roger Jones in the other.
In 1973/74 (September/October/November) Graeme Crawford kept a clean sheet in 11 consecutive
Division Three games, then equalling a Football League record. During this sequence, City conceded goals in three League Cup ties.
It happened on April 12
1963: City drew 1-1 at home to Fourth Division (League Two) leaders Brentford. Jack Fountain was the marksman and the attendance for this Good Friday fixture was 7,904.
1969: Brentford lost 2-1 at Bootham Crescent in the Fourth Division (League Two) watched by 3,767. On target were Dick Hewitt and Ted MacDougall.
1971: City extended their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 1-1 draw at Chester. Paul Aimson was the marksman and City were third in the Fourth Division (League Two).
1974: Ian Holmes (penalty) and Chris Jones scored in a Good Friday 2-1 home win over Huddersfield watched by 9,938 and City were second in the Third Division (League One).
1975: West Bromwich Albion won 3-1 at Bootham Crescent in Division Two (Championship) in front of 8,181. Jimmy Seal was the scorer for City who were 17th in the table.
1993: Paul Barnes scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Halifax Town and City were third in Division Three (League Two).
compiled by David Batters