York City boss Nigel Worthington praises wing pair after Raith Rovers romp

York City winger Lindon Meikle

York City wideman Anthony Straker

Published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City wing pair Anthony Straker and Lindon Meikle have been told to carry on frightening defenders.

Straker opened his City account with the third goal during tonight’s 4-0 friendly win at Raith Rovers after charging purposefully at the home defence.

Fellow flank man Lindon Meikle also threatened throughout and City chief Nigel Worthington was pleased with the duo’s performances following Saturday’s 2-0 pre-season defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Commenting on his wingers, after seeing Straker join Michael Coulson, Dave Winfield and Jake Hyde on the scoresheet in Kirkcaldy, Worthington said: “Something I wasn’t happy with on Saturday was the two wide players getting the ball and playing it back. They have got great pace and I want them to use it.

“I want them to be direct in their thinking and, when they get the ball, get at defenders, get into the box and get goals. They showed they have the capacity to do that against Raith, so it’s just about having that mental belief, because they can be hard to handle and a threat.”

Worthington was also encouraged by his team’s general display, adding: “I was very pleased with the overall performance. It was more like us than Saturday’s game.

“We showed what we are about and what we will be about. The pressing was good, some of the football was good and getting four goals was obviously nice for confidence.

“It was a good solid team performance against a Raith Rovers side with a lot of good players and what probably pleased me most was the shape of the team.”

Coulson scored City’s first goal from a fifth-minute free kick and Winfield headed in the second from a corner, leading Worthington to reiterate how important dead-ball deliveries remain to his team.

“You can win and lose games from set-plays and it’s extremely pleasing when little things you work on come off in games,” he explained. “It highlights to players that the time spent on them is useful.”

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10:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

chuckabuttie says...

Good result. Raith are no mugs and will be gearing up for Hearts, Hibs and the Gers next season. Good to see 3 new players on the scoresheet too. Personally, I saw this as a bigger test than St Johnstone who will put out a second string on Saturday, mark my words
Good result. Raith are no mugs and will be gearing up for Hearts, Hibs and the Gers next season. Good to see 3 new players on the scoresheet too. Personally, I saw this as a bigger test than St Johnstone who will put out a second string on Saturday, mark my words chuckabuttie
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7:36am Wed 16 Jul 14

rogue84 says...

great to see Coulo picking up where he left off last season and pleased to see Hyde get started early on. excellent result, looking forward to the remaining fixtures.
great to see Coulo picking up where he left off last season and pleased to see Hyde get started early on. excellent result, looking forward to the remaining fixtures. rogue84
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9:08am Wed 16 Jul 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Scoring 4 goals against anybody is a good sign, no matter where they're from or what sort of match it is, so well done to City. It does show how poor the standard of Scottish football is below the top half of the top tier though.
Scoring 4 goals against anybody is a good sign, no matter where they're from or what sort of match it is, so well done to City. It does show how poor the standard of Scottish football is below the top half of the top tier though. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 4

10:30am Wed 16 Jul 14

PeterOliversArmy says...

While we were impressive, especially going forward, Raith were rank rotten. They have injuries to several key defenders and it showed. Nade (ex Sheff Utd) up front did nothing and our defence was rarely tested.
Really impressed by whole side with Coulson, Penn & Straker outstanding.
Meikle looked a real handful too. Good City support among a crowd of 868, maybe around 70.
While we were impressive, especially going forward, Raith were rank rotten. They have injuries to several key defenders and it showed. Nade (ex Sheff Utd) up front did nothing and our defence was rarely tested. Really impressed by whole side with Coulson, Penn & Straker outstanding. Meikle looked a real handful too. Good City support among a crowd of 868, maybe around 70. PeterOliversArmy
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Tiggster says...

Meikle is a great signing. Saw him in a TV game last season and remember thinking he was the sort of tricky player we could do with.
Meikle is a great signing. Saw him in a TV game last season and remember thinking he was the sort of tricky player we could do with. Tiggster
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
Scoring 4 goals against anybody is a good sign, no matter where they're from or what sort of match it is, so well done to City. It does show how poor the standard of Scottish football is below the top half of the top tier though.
Quite right YCL. The team albeit a new one has got to get used to scoring goals, It was a failure last season, if supporters look back over the games we drew it was the difference of automatic promotion and the play offs. but what's gone is gone as far as Raith being a poor side ,( as have been said on here) rubbish. you eat whats served up. they didn't want too loose they are as proud as any players. we haven't got to underestimate our performance .
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: Scoring 4 goals against anybody is a good sign, no matter where they're from or what sort of match it is, so well done to City. It does show how poor the standard of Scottish football is below the top half of the top tier though.[/p][/quote]Quite right YCL. The team albeit a new one has got to get used to scoring goals, It was a failure last season, if supporters look back over the games we drew it was the difference of automatic promotion and the play offs. but what's gone is gone as far as Raith being a poor side ,( as have been said on here) rubbish. you eat whats served up. they didn't want too loose they are as proud as any players. we haven't got to underestimate our performance . bill bailey
  • Score: 5

2:01pm Wed 16 Jul 14

born&breed says...

Good performance all round - impressed with Winfield, won every ball in the air - (will push McCombe and Lowe for a starting place). Winfield was up against Christian Nade, ex Hearts star last year (big signing for Raith) big solid mencing player but gave him nothing. Meikle and Straker very good, well supported by McCoy and Ilesanmi on the overlap.
Midfield - dominated the game, Summerfield/Penn a great pairing. Coulson - needs to play with Hyde, on saying that Javis put in a good shift, workred hard - must keep fit. Ingham rested due to groin strain (not use to playing!!!) Hyde, brilliantly taken goal, curling shot in-off the post, would have beaten most keepers. Mooney looked better, appeared more agile, moved well off his line, made one great save in the first half, flying to his left clawing a shot away to safety, other than not really called into action.
Great to see the City fans in good voice, as always - congratulations to the 70+ that made the trip north of the border - I'm sure there will be more joining them on Saturday. Good luck to the lads, see you Saturday.
Good performance all round - impressed with Winfield, won every ball in the air - (will push McCombe and Lowe for a starting place). Winfield was up against Christian Nade, ex Hearts star last year (big signing for Raith) big solid mencing player but gave him nothing. Meikle and Straker very good, well supported by McCoy and Ilesanmi on the overlap. Midfield - dominated the game, Summerfield/Penn a great pairing. Coulson - needs to play with Hyde, on saying that Javis put in a good shift, workred hard - must keep fit. Ingham rested due to groin strain (not use to playing!!!) Hyde, brilliantly taken goal, curling shot in-off the post, would have beaten most keepers. Mooney looked better, appeared more agile, moved well off his line, made one great save in the first half, flying to his left clawing a shot away to safety, other than not really called into action. Great to see the City fans in good voice, as always - congratulations to the 70+ that made the trip north of the border - I'm sure there will be more joining them on Saturday. Good luck to the lads, see you Saturday. born&breed
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7:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Killieboy says...

chuckabuttie wrote:
Good result. Raith are no mugs and will be gearing up for Hearts, Hibs and the Gers next season. Good to see 3 new players on the scoresheet too. Personally, I saw this as a bigger test than St Johnstone who will put out a second string on Saturday, mark my words
Given that St J are in Switzerland on Europa league duty on Thursday it'll be no surprise.
[quote][p][bold]chuckabuttie[/bold] wrote: Good result. Raith are no mugs and will be gearing up for Hearts, Hibs and the Gers next season. Good to see 3 new players on the scoresheet too. Personally, I saw this as a bigger test than St Johnstone who will put out a second string on Saturday, mark my words[/p][/quote]Given that St J are in Switzerland on Europa league duty on Thursday it'll be no surprise. Killieboy
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8:11am Thu 17 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.
It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters. bill bailey
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9:41am Thu 17 Jul 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.
That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.[/p][/quote]That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did. Yorkie41
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5:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

bill bailey says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.
That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.
Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented.
Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP
POW a great read I wish I could get it too you.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.[/p][/quote]That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.[/p][/quote]Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented. Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP POW a great read I wish I could get it too you. bill bailey
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6:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.
That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.
Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented.
Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP
POW a great read I wish I could get it too you.
The Railway man springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.[/p][/quote]That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.[/p][/quote]Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented. Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP POW a great read I wish I could get it too you.[/p][/quote]The Railway man springs to mind. Yorkie41
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6:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.
That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.
Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented.
Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP
POW a great read I wish I could get it too you.
forgot to mention Tedd Ditchburn
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: It seems NICK POPE is first choice at Charlton. read the report of their 5-1 win over GIBRALTER, He was subbed at half time like many of the starters.[/p][/quote]That is how the great Sam Batram started with Charlton , and I would say only the great Frank Swift stood in his way playing for England.Who noes one day Nick Might become a manager of City like Sam did.[/p][/quote]Oh YORKIE. That's when men were men and puffy fallers weren't invented. Your talking about the greats along with Eddie Hapgood.Tommy Lawton,and many others who graced the fields with true talent and sportsmanship. Nice talking, keep well. OH by the way I have just read a book about Lucky" Johnny Sherwood. he played for Reading but was a JAP POW a great read I wish I could get it too you.[/p][/quote]forgot to mention Tedd Ditchburn Yorkie41
  • Score: -3
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