York City boss Nigel Worthington weighing up strike options for League Two clash with Northampton

Teenage York City striker Ben Hirst is in line to start in Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Northampton at Bootham Crescent

Teenage York City striker Ben Hirst is in line to start in Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Northampton at Bootham Crescent

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON admits his options up front are limited for Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Northampton at Bootham Crescent - but the York City boss won't be dipping into the loan market or changing formation.

An X-ray on Ryan Jarvis' injured ankle has revealed he has not suffered serious damage after being stretchered off against the Cobblers but the former Torquay frontman is expected to be out for three weeks.

With Wes Fletcher still returning from the serious knee injury he suffered last season and Jake Hyde touch and go with a calf problem, Worthington may be forced to start with Michael Coulson and 16-year-old Ben Hirst as the Minstermen gear up for their first League match on home turf.

"We'll come up with something, don't worry," the ex-Northern Ireland chief said when asked what was planned for York's attack. "I'm not looking at the loan market at the moment.

"You can do all sorts of things with formations but I just think when you have got players performing well and happy in their positions, why go and change everything for the sake of it? If you stick one up front, you might make the situation worse for yourselves.

"We have got our system. It is engrained in the players' minds. They know their roles within the system and we will keep doing that. It is that bit in front of goal.

"We have got to relax and make sure we hit the back of the net."

Worthington added of Jarvis, Fletcher and Hyde: "Ryan has had an X-ray. There's nothing too serious, which is good news, but we are looking at a period of probably up to three weeks.

"Wes has trained with the main group for the last two weeks so he has got a certain amount of fitness through that. He hasn't played any game time at all but he would be good for maybe 20 or 25 minutes if required.

"Hyde is coming on. He'll be touch and go whether he makes it or not. We will assess him on Saturday at the last moment and go from there."

Asked whether he would start Hirst if the situation demanded it, Worthington said: "If it was the right way to go you would certainly look at it. But we will see where we are at on Saturday at 2pm before we think on that one and give everybody else a chance."

On the youngster's progress, he added: "He's coping fine because I make sure he copes fine and keep his feet on the floor. He hasn't achieved anything yet. He has just stepped into the club, probably six weeks ago, for the first time outside of the academy.

"It's nice we can involve a young player at such an early age of the season - through necessity - but, credit to him, he has come in and he hasn't let himself or the team down.

"That's very pleasing. There will be times when he is back with the youth team over the course of the season. That's part of his education and his maturing."

City meet a buoyant Northampton outfit following their League Two opening day victory over Mansfield and a Capital One Cup shock at Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek and Worthington is under no illusions about their capabilities.

He said: "They are a strong side. We have watched them and had the reports. They are lively up front so we will have to manage that and be nice and strong. They are pretty strong all over.

"I think it will be a good game, a good battle - from a physical point of view and of mental strength. It will be who is standing at the final whistle at the end of the 15th round.

"It would be great to get the first win and the players would deserve it through their endeavours. But we have got to make it happen."

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6:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

RooBeck says...

Don't think the Cobblers will be relishing a visit to BC - we have had the Indian sign over them in the last couple of seasons, though we tend to play better against them at the Sixfields! They had a great result at Wolves on Tuesday night and have started well but if we can play in the same positive manner and style as against Donny, then we can be confident of getting something out of the game. BUT, we do need a striker - how about Richard Cresswell on a short term registration?! He is still involved with us, looks fit, forget match practice - he has the experience to get straight into a game and remember last season's opener against Northampton when he gave their defence a rough-tough time and was involved in Ryan Jarvis's last minute winning goal?! Just a thought. COYR.
Don't think the Cobblers will be relishing a visit to BC - we have had the Indian sign over them in the last couple of seasons, though we tend to play better against them at the Sixfields! They had a great result at Wolves on Tuesday night and have started well but if we can play in the same positive manner and style as against Donny, then we can be confident of getting something out of the game. BUT, we do need a striker - how about Richard Cresswell on a short term registration?! He is still involved with us, looks fit, forget match practice - he has the experience to get straight into a game and remember last season's opener against Northampton when he gave their defence a rough-tough time and was involved in Ryan Jarvis's last minute winning goal?! Just a thought. COYR. RooBeck
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7:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Yorkie69 says...

I find it strange that we have not loaned a player for a month. A good start to the season is vital and with two strikers being crocked ( one worse than the other ) we are obviously short up front. If Hyde is rushed back he may exacerbate the injury. We need him playing asap as he looked sharp pre season.
I find it strange that we have not loaned a player for a month. A good start to the season is vital and with two strikers being crocked ( one worse than the other ) we are obviously short up front. If Hyde is rushed back he may exacerbate the injury. We need him playing asap as he looked sharp pre season. Yorkie69
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7:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

dadster says...

I would be very surprised if he started with Hirst in a game against a physical side like Northampton. He fact he mentions the likely physical nature of the game on sat I think means he is more likely to use someone such as Platt or even McCombe as a temporary solution up front as the physical presence alongside Coulson. That's assuming Hyde isn't fit and he may even give Hyde 60mins or so and then replace with either Hirst ir even Fletcher.

Personally I would risk either if they aren't ready. Maybe Platt pushed up with Summerfield into central midfield would suit better. Either way it's going to be a tough game on sat as Northampton have clearly improved.

Under the circumstances a point wouldn't be the worst result as long as we back ut up with 3 points against Cambridge.
I would be very surprised if he started with Hirst in a game against a physical side like Northampton. He fact he mentions the likely physical nature of the game on sat I think means he is more likely to use someone such as Platt or even McCombe as a temporary solution up front as the physical presence alongside Coulson. That's assuming Hyde isn't fit and he may even give Hyde 60mins or so and then replace with either Hirst ir even Fletcher. Personally I would risk either if they aren't ready. Maybe Platt pushed up with Summerfield into central midfield would suit better. Either way it's going to be a tough game on sat as Northampton have clearly improved. Under the circumstances a point wouldn't be the worst result as long as we back ut up with 3 points against Cambridge. dadster
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7:17pm Thu 14 Aug 14

dadster says...

Sorry meant to say "wouldn't" risk Hyde or Fletcher.
Sorry meant to say "wouldn't" risk Hyde or Fletcher. dadster
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9:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

T.R.M1974 says...

If we are not signing anyone I have a feeling Hyde will be fit and Fletcher will be on the bench or am I hoping and praying they will be? We need to start wining, we can't have a repeat of the first 5 months of last season where we were nearly men. The overall play Tuesday was good get the strikers fit and scoring and I have high hopes for the season COYR!
If we are not signing anyone I have a feeling Hyde will be fit and Fletcher will be on the bench or am I hoping and praying they will be? We need to start wining, we can't have a repeat of the first 5 months of last season where we were nearly men. The overall play Tuesday was good get the strikers fit and scoring and I have high hopes for the season COYR! T.R.M1974
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10:21pm Thu 14 Aug 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Although most of the fans feel that NW should bring another striker in, he probably wont. Managers are very stubborn creatures, we used to get a similar reaction from our last Manager. They hate being told what to do, and they will always believe that they are right. They are the ones who get paid to make the decisions, so any suggestions from the fans will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. The current situation is arising because the club has gambled upon a smaller squad of players, but nobody can predict the number of injuries that we have picked up.
Although most of the fans feel that NW should bring another striker in, he probably wont. Managers are very stubborn creatures, we used to get a similar reaction from our last Manager. They hate being told what to do, and they will always believe that they are right. They are the ones who get paid to make the decisions, so any suggestions from the fans will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. The current situation is arising because the club has gambled upon a smaller squad of players, but nobody can predict the number of injuries that we have picked up. OLD - HEAD
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8:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Although most of the fans feel that NW should bring another striker in, he probably wont. Managers are very stubborn creatures, we used to get a similar reaction from our last Manager. They hate being told what to do, and they will always believe that they are right. They are the ones who get paid to make the decisions, so any suggestions from the fans will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. The current situation is arising because the club has gambled upon a smaller squad of players, but nobody can predict the number of injuries that we have picked up.
I'll second that ,( but not wishing to talk about the past) he was always in a corner that's why he signed Sunday morning five aside players, with a squad of 35 and only half a dozen or so were good enough,
I think NW has ear marked possible loan players if needed, we have struck unlucky early on, we are not the only club with early season injuries it is expected and you have to get on with it, this is the time when you find out about players who are waiting their chance, There's no need to panic we have one or two utility players that can fill gaps.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Although most of the fans feel that NW should bring another striker in, he probably wont. Managers are very stubborn creatures, we used to get a similar reaction from our last Manager. They hate being told what to do, and they will always believe that they are right. They are the ones who get paid to make the decisions, so any suggestions from the fans will almost certainly fall on deaf ears. The current situation is arising because the club has gambled upon a smaller squad of players, but nobody can predict the number of injuries that we have picked up.[/p][/quote]I'll second that ,( but not wishing to talk about the past) he was always in a corner that's why he signed Sunday morning five aside players, with a squad of 35 and only half a dozen or so were good enough, I think NW has ear marked possible loan players if needed, we have struck unlucky early on, we are not the only club with early season injuries it is expected and you have to get on with it, this is the time when you find out about players who are waiting their chance, There's no need to panic we have one or two utility players that can fill gaps. bill bailey
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10:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

I'll just be glad when we've got half a dozen games under our belt, and The Press can stop using photos from the Tranmere game to illustrate every article - that red/sky-blue combination fair turns my stomach.
I'll just be glad when we've got half a dozen games under our belt, and The Press can stop using photos from the Tranmere game to illustrate every article - that red/sky-blue combination fair turns my stomach. Fat Harry
  • Score: 10

1:17pm Sat 16 Aug 14

PositiveFootball says...

Reckon that our goals will come from set pieces today. Boom boom McCombe and Keith Lowe. One from open play will come from substitute Wes Fletcher.
Reckon that our goals will come from set pieces today. Boom boom McCombe and Keith Lowe. One from open play will come from substitute Wes Fletcher. PositiveFootball
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