Battle for York City goalkeeping slot to start against Sheffield Wednesday

York City goalkeeper Jason Mooney is pictured with pupils during Barlby Primary School’s visit to the Minstermen training ground.

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BOTH of York City's goalkeepers will get the opportunity to audition for first-choice status during the opening half of pre-season.

On-loan shot-stopper Nick Pope ended last season between the sticks for the Minstermen but the long-serving Michael Ingham and Jason Mooney are now battling to be included in the starting line-up for next month's SkyBet League Two curtain raiser at the latter's former club Tranmere.

City chief Nigel Worthington has insisted nothing should be read into his first XI for tomorrow's first summer friendly at Bootham Crescent but he will be looking to settle on which keeper kicks off the campaign by the time his squad return from next week's Scotland tour.

"Whoever starts in goal tomorrow, it won't mean anything," Worthington said of the contest for selection between City's sticks. "Every place is up for grabs and they will both be getting game time during pre-season.

"Then, as we get closer to the start of the season, we will probably decide on the number-one spot and give that player the last two or three full games to make sure they are up to speed."

City will be looking to use all 17 fit and available professional against the Owls, who finished 16th in last season's Championship and have sold almost all of their 2,000-strong ticket allocation for the Grosvenor Road end.

Recovering pair Dan Parslow and Wes Fletcher will play no part following last season's respective cruciate and medial knee ligament injuries, while Josh Carson remains a long-term casualty.

Of the former pair, Parslow is closest to a first-team return with Worthington adding: "Both of them are doing well but they have got to be managed correctly because you don't want a recurrence of anything.

"They are up to where they should be, but we have to be patient. Pars has done all the fitness work and Wes has done some, so he is still just that little bit behind him."

From the squad of 17 senior players, almost half are summer signings and Worthington is keen for all eight new faces to be assimilated into the group as quickly as possible and aware of the industry levels required from them.

He added: "We will be looking at the shape of the team and getting everyone harnessed into what we are all about. The new lads will need to know what we do and buy into it.

"All our pre-season games will also be challenging and I am expecting our opponents to have the ball quite a bit, so we will need to work hard to get it, which obviously helps with fitness."

Worthington is renowned for demanding the best physical results from his players having worked under fitness disciplinarian Howard Wilkinson at both Wednesday and Leeds United as a player.

Last term's The Press Player of the Year Keith Lowe, currently experiencing his first pre-season under Worthington, even took to Twitter this week to comment: "One of the hardest days I've had as a footballer".

And, on his Wigginton Road regime, the City chief said: "It has been hard but measured. Myself and (assistant manager) Steve (Torpey) have been through it ourselves so we know what's required.

"You have to be fit to play this game and this is the time of the season to work on that. The players came back in top-class condition, though, so it has just been a case of topping them up.

"But getting physical fitness on the training ground is one thing. We will now be looking for match fitness to add to what we are doing."

Worthington went on to reveal that he is not actively looking to further strengthen his ranks prior to the August 9 trip to Tranmere, providing the squad come through the six friendlies unscathed.

He reasoned: "We are still having a little look around but, if Pars and Wes get back on schedule and we don't pick up any pre-season injuries, I am more than happy with the group we have got. It looks very healthy."

Wednesday will also be opening their pre-season programme at Bootham Crescent with new summer signings Keiren Westwood, Sam Hutchinson and Paul McElroy, recruited from Sunderland, Chelsea and Hull respectively, all expected to feature.

Stuart Gray's men will include five full internationals in Westwood (Republic of Ireland), Chris Kirkland (England), Kamil Zayatte (Guinea), Jacques Maghoma (DR Congo) and ten-goal 2013/14 top scorer Chris Maguire (Scotland), kick-off is 3pm.

City's League Two rivals Cambridge United, meanwhile, have signed Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah on a six-month loan deal.

Mansfield have taken on Birmingham City left-back Amari'i Bell on the same terms, while Portsmouth have agreed season-long loans with Swindon forward Miles Storey and Palace defender Alex Wynter.

Elsewhere, Luton have signed centre-back Luke Wilkinson from Dagenham, who have brought in Joss Labadie and Matt Partridge from Torquay and Reading respectively.

Left-back Jack Smith has also swapped Millwall for Wimbledon and Stevenage have swooped for Cambridge City striker Adam Marriott, while Plymouth have recruited Salisbury goalkeeper James Bittner.

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4:32pm Fri 11 Jul 14

yorkie42 says...

Am I missing something? NW says he's happy with his squad, even though he only has 17 fit players available, so not even able to field 7 subs. he has no cover at full back, and not much at central striker. There is very little competition for some positions, and 8 or 9 players pick themselves. The only decisions left are who plays in goal, and where does Coulson play. Would he not be much more comfortable with another full back and striker?
Am I missing something? NW says he's happy with his squad, even though he only has 17 fit players available, so not even able to field 7 subs. he has no cover at full back, and not much at central striker. There is very little competition for some positions, and 8 or 9 players pick themselves. The only decisions left are who plays in goal, and where does Coulson play. Would he not be much more comfortable with another full back and striker? yorkie42
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4:56am Sat 12 Jul 14

YoRkIe59 says...

hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.
hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got. YoRkIe59
  • Score: 0

10:48am Sat 12 Jul 14

the-e-man says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.
Small quality squad sounds good. Just hope injuries and suspensions do not ruin it. If we do get injuries then I suppose it will be back to loan signings like last year. Not ideal but NW does have a budget plus with not having a reserve side means he would struggle to keep a larger squad match fit.
All the fun of being a Manager at this level.
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.[/p][/quote]Small quality squad sounds good. Just hope injuries and suspensions do not ruin it. If we do get injuries then I suppose it will be back to loan signings like last year. Not ideal but NW does have a budget plus with not having a reserve side means he would struggle to keep a larger squad match fit. All the fun of being a Manager at this level. the-e-man
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12:01pm Sat 12 Jul 14

joejamestom says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.
We do have Dave Winfield so maybe we can go 3 at the back if it suits the game with Danny P screening in front it would also keep the CB group happier & we can always switch back to a 4 at the back as we have the full backs & Mr versatile Danny. I also feel we will see a loan player or two once the team are in a competitive situation for its hard to be certain how the 8 signings will perform as last season there is bound to be someone who just does not work out or an unfortunate injury or suspension.
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.[/p][/quote]We do have Dave Winfield so maybe we can go 3 at the back if it suits the game with Danny P screening in front it would also keep the CB group happier & we can always switch back to a 4 at the back as we have the full backs & Mr versatile Danny. I also feel we will see a loan player or two once the team are in a competitive situation for its hard to be certain how the 8 signings will perform as last season there is bound to be someone who just does not work out or an unfortunate injury or suspension. joejamestom
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2:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

heartbreaker says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.
Straker has previously played at left back. Parslow has played at right back (albeit not particularly successfully at conference level). He might be ok though if McCoy was unavailable just for a game or 2. Any longer we would be going into the loan market.
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: hopefully we have a couple of decent youngsters to bolster the squad a little which is what i believe N.W mentioned at the start of the close season.it sounds like Danny P is not far off fitness and he,s played anywhere across the back four,i am a little concerned we don,t have a natural cover at either fullback but the intention was for a small but quality squad which hopefully we have now got.[/p][/quote]Straker has previously played at left back. Parslow has played at right back (albeit not particularly successfully at conference level). He might be ok though if McCoy was unavailable just for a game or 2. Any longer we would be going into the loan market. heartbreaker
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Sat 12 Jul 14

brahma says...

Ingham not on teamsheet today. https://twitter.com/
swfc/status/48795118
1109407744/photo/1
Ingham not on teamsheet today. https://twitter.com/ swfc/status/48795118 1109407744/photo/1 brahma
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11:50am Sun 13 Jul 14

whaticeberg says...

Ingham is not the keeper to advance NW and his team up the table,at best an expensive substitute. Who may never be used.
Ingham is not the keeper to advance NW and his team up the table,at best an expensive substitute. Who may never be used. whaticeberg
  • Score: -2

2:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

StevieD! says...

whaticeberg wrote:
Ingham is not the keeper to advance NW and his team up the table,at best an expensive substitute. Who may never be used.
Can you elaborate?

NW has gone out and [purchased what he believes is the best option out their available to him with what finances the club has at its disposal and after the Shef Wed game there are more questions than there are answers about our new recruit.

IMO from what we have available Ingham is our best option.
[quote][p][bold]whaticeberg[/bold] wrote: Ingham is not the keeper to advance NW and his team up the table,at best an expensive substitute. Who may never be used.[/p][/quote]Can you elaborate? NW has gone out and [purchased what he believes is the best option out their available to him with what finances the club has at its disposal and after the Shef Wed game there are more questions than there are answers about our new recruit. IMO from what we have available Ingham is our best option. StevieD!
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