YORK City boss Nigel Worthington is not planning to field a much-changed side for tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Barnsley.

Many clubs have used the competition to rotate their squad in the past, leading to a rule that states at least six players from the starting line-up of a side's last league fixture - or six of the 11 squad members that have played the most games during the season - must be named in the first XI of any tie.

That still offers obvious leeway for managers who do not want to prioritise the tournament, but Worthington does not plan to use all five of his permitted changes.

Last season's top scorer Wes Fletcher is set to be handed his first start since mid-February as he continues his comeback from medial ligament damage but, otherwise, the majority of the team is expected to be similar to the side that started Saturday's 0-0 home draw with Wycombe.

With Josh Carson injured, Worthington only has a squad of 19 senior players, including first-year pro Cameron Murray and currently supplemented by 16-year-old striker Ben Hirst, to choose from anyway.

On his selection plans for the Oakwell tie, the City chief said: "The competition is something we have to treat with respect and there are rules we have to abide by. We have to select at least six of our players from the last game, which isn't an issue for us and we will go there and put out a team designed to get a result.

"We will prepare properly. I know their manager Danny Wilson well and Barnsley will pass the ball about. The playing surface will be lovely too, so it's important we go and pass the ball as well as we can too."

The game is the first of three successive away trips for the Minstermen, with Stevenage and Burton the next league destinations on consecutive weekends.

Worthington admitted a defence that enjoyed their first shut-out of the campaign at Wycombe will come under pressure in those fixtures and the City manager is also hoping his team, who have netted five times from their opening six games, can begin to display a greater cutting edge.

He added: "It was a big thing for me getting that clean sheet on Saturday and, hopefully, we can get back to that against a series of good teams coming up. A the other end, it's all about, composure, belief and somebody just putting a toe on the ball so the chances go in."