York City's Wes Fletcher set to start against Barnsley in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie

Wes Fletcher will hit the game running from the off against Barnsley tomorrow night

Wes Fletcher will hit the game running from the off against Barnsley tomorrow night

First published in Sport by

WES FLETCHER is set to make his first York City start since mid-February in tomorrow night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Barnsley.

Last season’s 13-goal top scorer came off the bench for a fourth successive match during Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate against Wycombe at Bootham Crescent.

He has been eased back following five months on the sidelines with medial ligament damage.

But City chief Nigel Worthington feels the time is now right for Fletcher to be included in a first XI for the first time since the 4-0 thrashing of Plymouth last season.

“He’s not far away (from starting a game),” Worthington admitted following the 23-year-old forward’s 65th-minute outing at the weekend. “We will have a little look at it towards tomorrow night and, maybe, give him a little run-out to see where he’s at.

“He’s looking sharp in training and had his half-hours during the last few games. Now, we might need to get him in from the start and see how he is.”

Worthington, meanwhile, added that tomorrow’s squad is unlikely to include any new faces with the transfer window for permanent signings closing at 11pm tonight.

“I am expecting a quiet one,” he said of deadline day at Bootham Crescent. “We’ve had a little look and there’s not too much floating about in terms of going out and bringing somebody in.

“I can’t see anything happening really, so we will continue working with what we’ve got. In seven days’ time, we can also go back into the loan market, so it’s not as if the window is completely closed until January.”

Worthington has warned against the dangers of “frustration” at the club after his side drew for a fifth successive game.

As the new SkyBet League Two campaign enters its second month, the Minstermen are yet to taste victory or defeat.

But the former Northern Ireland chief has stressed the importance of avoiding too much disappointment.

He said: “We’re not far away from getting that win. The word patience doesn’t often go down well in football but I have got to be patient.

“We can’t get disappointed or frustrated because, once that sets in, players get a little bit shy of their jobs, so it’s important to keep believing because we’ve got what we’ve got squad wise.”

Worthington was pleased with a first clean sheet of the new campaign and his team’s work-rate against Wycombe but was, once more, lamenting a lack of punch in the final third of the pitch.

“I couldn’t really fault the performance,” he added. “There was lots of energy and good stuff but some of our decision making could have been better at times.

“That’s all part of learning, education and coaching. Otherwise, it was the same old story, when we get a chance or half a chance, we have got to take it.

“But the positives are we are still unbeaten and we got a clean sheet, which I am absolutely delighted with. Now, we’ve got to add to that and try to get that win.”

John McCombe was reunited with Keith Lowe at the heart of City’s defence for the Wycombe clash, earning a swift recall after being dropped for the previous weekend’s trip to Exeter.

The pair’s display also encouraged Worthington, who said: “The two centre-halves were strong, dependable and no-nonsense and that’s what we need no matter who plays there.

“Whether it’s those two or Dave Winfield and Dan Parslow, we need definitive, big strong centre-halves.”

The City boss was not as enamoured, though, by some of the play on the flanks by his wing pair Anthony Straker and Lindon Meikle, pointing out: “I was very disappointed with the two wide players in the first half.

“They weren’t being direct enough, which we had worked on all week. They didn’t have the courage to go and do it, so there’s plenty to work on, but the second half was better from Lindon.”

Wycombe employed repeated time-wasting tactics to assist their bid for a result at Bootham Crescent and Worthington explained the club – as play-off semi-finalists last term - must become accustomed to such behaviour from away teams.

“We had several words with the referee to keep on top of it but we have to remember teams are coming here and are absolutely delighted if they go away with a point,” he reasoned.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:36pm Sat 30 Aug 14

magnard says...

Am I right in thinking we're unbeaten since Hartlepool away last season (excepting the Fleetwood semi final of course)? It's a freak run of draws - but for stoppage time goals against we'd be on 8 or 9 points and Exeter was our only poor performance (yes I was there). We play Luton a fortnight Tuesday not tomorrow - schoolboy error in reporting...
Am I right in thinking we're unbeaten since Hartlepool away last season (excepting the Fleetwood semi final of course)? It's a freak run of draws - but for stoppage time goals against we'd be on 8 or 9 points and Exeter was our only poor performance (yes I was there). We play Luton a fortnight Tuesday not tomorrow - schoolboy error in reporting... magnard
  • Score: 10

10:52pm Sat 30 Aug 14

chuckabuttie says...

Chesterfield at home I think wasn't it? As for the quality of the reporting, I gave up yonks ago. Very amateurish anf it still bugs me (probably unreasonably) that we still seem to have played Sheff Wed twice in pre season. I guess common sense and proof reading are in short supply at Press HQ
Chesterfield at home I think wasn't it? As for the quality of the reporting, I gave up yonks ago. Very amateurish anf it still bugs me (probably unreasonably) that we still seem to have played Sheff Wed twice in pre season. I guess common sense and proof reading are in short supply at Press HQ chuckabuttie
  • Score: 4

8:47am Sun 31 Aug 14

uhtred says...

magnard wrote:
Am I right in thinking we're unbeaten since Hartlepool away last season (excepting the Fleetwood semi final of course)? It's a freak run of draws - but for stoppage time goals against we'd be on 8 or 9 points and Exeter was our only poor performance (yes I was there). We play Luton a fortnight Tuesday not tomorrow - schoolboy error in reporting...
I guess the reason is that the report is written for Monday's paper.
[quote][p][bold]magnard[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking we're unbeaten since Hartlepool away last season (excepting the Fleetwood semi final of course)? It's a freak run of draws - but for stoppage time goals against we'd be on 8 or 9 points and Exeter was our only poor performance (yes I was there). We play Luton a fortnight Tuesday not tomorrow - schoolboy error in reporting...[/p][/quote]I guess the reason is that the report is written for Monday's paper. uhtred
  • Score: 6

1:13pm Sun 31 Aug 14

joejamestom says...

I resisted posting until my initial disappointment abated as like an awful lot of you I was left wondering about our finishing its woeful really, we were the better side for the majority of the game against a surprisingly poor side given their points tally. The FL show did little to represent the truth of the game other than Hyde missing his sitter. For me the disappointment was summed up by the lack of applause as the players left the pitch we have played much worse than this & clapped the team off.
I also did not post on the other game thread as it had descended into a Bill V someone & he will insist on the last word whether it means anything or not.
The game itself was spoiled by Wycombe time wasting even during the first half which only got worse in the second & as for the sand their manger used it as a poor excuse for them being below average. Miekle seems still not to be able to strike the ball other than to cross which is a shame as otherwise he is lively & inventive on the ball MOTM I think not though. Otherwise except for a bit of indecision at the back we looked solid enough & Ingham proved he is still a good shot stopper. It just seems to me NW has to give our attacking play a good shake as there were a couple of really good fizzing low crosses which their keeper easily dealt with due to just one player attacking the far post it needed another player at the corner of the 6 yard box to give him cause to hesitate. I am a patient fan NW & I know we need goals from every department not just a 20 goal forward but its time for our players to commit to taking responsibility in font of goal & go at defences the squad we fielded is genuinely better than last season so keeping the faith but thumping our friends at Luton would cheer me up so much.
I resisted posting until my initial disappointment abated as like an awful lot of you I was left wondering about our finishing its woeful really, we were the better side for the majority of the game against a surprisingly poor side given their points tally. The FL show did little to represent the truth of the game other than Hyde missing his sitter. For me the disappointment was summed up by the lack of applause as the players left the pitch we have played much worse than this & clapped the team off. I also did not post on the other game thread as it had descended into a Bill V someone & he will insist on the last word whether it means anything or not. The game itself was spoiled by Wycombe time wasting even during the first half which only got worse in the second & as for the sand their manger used it as a poor excuse for them being below average. Miekle seems still not to be able to strike the ball other than to cross which is a shame as otherwise he is lively & inventive on the ball MOTM I think not though. Otherwise except for a bit of indecision at the back we looked solid enough & Ingham proved he is still a good shot stopper. It just seems to me NW has to give our attacking play a good shake as there were a couple of really good fizzing low crosses which their keeper easily dealt with due to just one player attacking the far post it needed another player at the corner of the 6 yard box to give him cause to hesitate. I am a patient fan NW & I know we need goals from every department not just a 20 goal forward but its time for our players to commit to taking responsibility in font of goal & go at defences the squad we fielded is genuinely better than last season so keeping the faith but thumping our friends at Luton would cheer me up so much. joejamestom
  • Score: 21

9:25pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Peter S1947 says...

It was good to see that the defence performed reality well with only two chances from the opposition which the goalkeeper dealt with. The midfield showed some promise but lacked pace. However, the problem is with the strikers. In the pre-match warm-up they were smacking them into the goal from all angles and distance, but come the match - shot shy and total panic!! It was the same problem at the end of last season. A bit more self belief and confidence to shoot on target is needed.
It was good to see that the defence performed reality well with only two chances from the opposition which the goalkeeper dealt with. The midfield showed some promise but lacked pace. However, the problem is with the strikers. In the pre-match warm-up they were smacking them into the goal from all angles and distance, but come the match - shot shy and total panic!! It was the same problem at the end of last season. A bit more self belief and confidence to shoot on target is needed. Peter S1947
  • Score: 1

9:41pm Sun 31 Aug 14

David York says...

A worrying aspect for me on Saturday was that we seemed to get worse as the game wore on.

I had assumed Straker's substitution was due to injury rather than being tactical. I, if not more the Manager, would be happy to see him continue much as he did on Saturday.

So far this season I have seen nothing to suggest that Hyde should be on the field. Coulson is a great retriever of lost causes but needs to have someone up there who can capitalise when he gains possession.

A recurrent feature of games at Bootham Crescent this season has been a ball coming out to a City player in space 25 yards from goal. All of those have resulted in shots going way over the bar. Surely that is something that can be practised in training.

Having lost one goal thus season through a badly positioned defensive, we could easily have lost another when the two members of a wall carefully positioned by Ingham both decided to desert their post before the kick was taken. What on earth was going on?

Ever since the Lowe McCombe combination arrived last season, one or other of them have usually managed to be the head that meets any aerial ball from the opposition. There is, however, much less chance of a City player picking up the ball from their header -- another aspect on which to work on the training ground?

On the plus side, as in our previous home game, we had a very positive start. It would only have taken one of those chances to go in for confidence to have flooded into the side.

Saturday's game started two minutes late -- largely because the Wycombe side went into a huddle with no attempt by the referee to interfere. Time-wasting was clearly a Wycombe tactic and needed an early yellow card to put a stop to it.

Saturday's referee was no different than others we have seen this season in turning a blind eye to the pushing and shirt-holding which is now routine at every set-piece-- City are not blameless in this practice.

Finally, why do the referees and assistants not check out their radios and earpieces during their warm up? Not for the first time this season, we had the officials fiddling with their systems during the first half which meant they were not entirely focused in the game.
A worrying aspect for me on Saturday was that we seemed to get worse as the game wore on. I had assumed Straker's substitution was due to injury rather than being tactical. I, if not more the Manager, would be happy to see him continue much as he did on Saturday. So far this season I have seen nothing to suggest that Hyde should be on the field. Coulson is a great retriever of lost causes but needs to have someone up there who can capitalise when he gains possession. A recurrent feature of games at Bootham Crescent this season has been a ball coming out to a City player in space 25 yards from goal. All of those have resulted in shots going way over the bar. Surely that is something that can be practised in training. Having lost one goal thus season through a badly positioned defensive, we could easily have lost another when the two members of a wall carefully positioned by Ingham both decided to desert their post before the kick was taken. What on earth was going on? Ever since the Lowe McCombe combination arrived last season, one or other of them have usually managed to be the head that meets any aerial ball from the opposition. There is, however, much less chance of a City player picking up the ball from their header -- another aspect on which to work on the training ground? On the plus side, as in our previous home game, we had a very positive start. It would only have taken one of those chances to go in for confidence to have flooded into the side. Saturday's game started two minutes late -- largely because the Wycombe side went into a huddle with no attempt by the referee to interfere. Time-wasting was clearly a Wycombe tactic and needed an early yellow card to put a stop to it. Saturday's referee was no different than others we have seen this season in turning a blind eye to the pushing and shirt-holding which is now routine at every set-piece-- City are not blameless in this practice. Finally, why do the referees and assistants not check out their radios and earpieces during their warm up? Not for the first time this season, we had the officials fiddling with their systems during the first half which meant they were not entirely focused in the game. David York
  • Score: 4

3:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

paddymacwakey says...

what I want to know is,how many people on this forum actually go to the game.because not many mention is that Wycombe,boring,negat
ive,time wasting,set up for a point,were the worse side I have seen at bootham crescent for a long time.from goal kicks,throw ins,free kicks,corners,they were taking the p--- out of weak officials,who didn't do a thing about it.as for the game we are just missing out on that final ball.we got on the edge of there box a few times but in stead of shooting decided to pass.i know its early doors but I still think we need a couple of loan signings to beef up the attack.like a couple on here are still not convinced on hyde,i still say they have got to pair him up with fletcher when he is fully fit,and although ilike the midfield with penn and summerfield,there is still no creativity in there.like Worthington our wingers are not getting to the byline and getting descent crosses in.
what I want to know is,how many people on this forum actually go to the game.because not many mention is that Wycombe,boring,negat ive,time wasting,set up for a point,were the worse side I have seen at bootham crescent for a long time.from goal kicks,throw ins,free kicks,corners,they were taking the p--- out of weak officials,who didn't do a thing about it.as for the game we are just missing out on that final ball.we got on the edge of there box a few times but in stead of shooting decided to pass.i know its early doors but I still think we need a couple of loan signings to beef up the attack.like a couple on here are still not convinced on hyde,i still say they have got to pair him up with fletcher when he is fully fit,and although ilike the midfield with penn and summerfield,there is still no creativity in there.like Worthington our wingers are not getting to the byline and getting descent crosses in. paddymacwakey
  • Score: 1
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree